Title: Ensuring the right to quality inclusive education for persons with disabilities: From commitment to action.
Date: 25-27 November 2020.
Hosts: UNESCO, Leonard Cheshire, and the Ministry of Education of Portugal.
This virtual symposium will run over 2.5 days and will follow a blended approach to enhance participation and involvement. It will include panellists from selected countries and organizations around the world.
Large-scale exclusion of children with disabilities remains the reality in many UNESCO Member States. An estimated 32 million, or 1 in 3 children, with disabilities are out of school. In 2020, the large-scale exclusion of children with disabilities has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
The seminar will focus on the reasons for continued exclusion and inequitable educational provision experienced by children with disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on the impacts of distance learning for children with disabilities during COVID-19 as well as their transition back to the classrooms after an extended period of time at home. It will also explore how the inclusion of learners with disabilities in inclusive settings can be more effectively addressed by governments with regards to the commitments of Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the CRPD General Comment 4 on Article 24, and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’
The symposium will be held in English, French and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation, also into international sign language. The symposium will be conducted through the Zoom webinar platform.
Note: this is not an EENET event. Please contact the organisers directly will all queries.