Ensuring Inclusive education is on the post 2015 agenda

Nagase & Fauzia
Fauzia Haji & Nagase Osamu

Inclusion International was the first organization to show how people with disabilities were excluded from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how that perpetuated the poverty and exclusion of people with disabilities.

There is now broad global recognition that people with disabilities were excluded from the MDGs and many actors advocating that the new Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the MDGs after 2015 must be inclusive.  In order to arrive at a joint position on how a new goal on education could be inclusive, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNICEF convened a meeting in Madrid December 4-5 to discuss inclusive education in the post 2015 development agenda.

Diane and Gordon (2)
Diane Richler & Gordon Porter

Members of the International Disability Alliance nominated experts who should be invited to the meeting and the greatest number of people invited came from Inclusion International’s proposals.  At the meeting were Christine Gordon of Inclusion MENA, Fauzia Haji, Africa representative on Inclusion International Council, Osamu Nagase, Asia-Pacific representative on Inclusion International Council, Gordon Porter, past-president of Inclusion Inter-Americana and Diane Richler, past president of Inclusion International.

The outcome of the meeting will be shared with Inclusion International members who will be asked to help lobby their governments so that the new development goals will be inclusive.