From 15 – 17 March 2021, Inclusion International held a 3-day workshop on ‘Orientation to advocacy for Inclusive Education Globally and in Ghana, Rwanda and Ethiopia’. This workshop aimed to strengthen our common understanding and collective voice for stronger advocacy, for inclusive education systems in all NORAD project countries.
The objectives of this workshop were to:
- Reinforce the vision of inclusive education that is at the core of the NORAD project to ensure coherence in the activities;
- Analyse and exchange feedback and comments on the scoping exercises provided by the project partners on December 2020;
- Contribute to a list of conclusions and recommendations for strategic actions to enhance inclusion in education for children with intellectual disabilities through the NORAD project.
Day 1, Orientation – Inclusive Education Vision: A Global Perspective
The first day provided an international perspective on Inclusive Education by presenting an overview of global frameworks, including:
- the Convention on the Rights of Disabilities,
- the Unesco GEM Report on Inclusion and Education 2020,
- the Global Action on Disability Infographic on Inclusive Education,
- the report “Pivoting to Inclusion: Leveraging lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis for Learners with Disabilities
We ended the day with a question and answer session and reflections from the Catalyst on Inclusive Education team.
Day 2, Orientation – Inclusive Education Vision and a National Perspective
The 2nd day focused on presenting findings from the 2020 scoping mission and provided national level context.
Inclusion Ghana, Collective Tubakunde (Rwanda) and FENAID (Ethiopia) shared their experiences, the steps their country has taken to advance inclusive education, the weaknesses and successes of this process, as well as their CRPD-compliant recommendations for governments and advocacy keys.
Day 3, Orientation – Linking the current National advocacy to the global framework
On the final day, project members for each country discussed the recommendations they would give the other countries in small break-out groups with representatives from the Catalyst for Inclusive Education.
Everyone then came together in the plenary session to discuss these recommendations and carve out the strategic actions to enhance inclusion in education for children with intellectual disabilities through the NORAD project.