Inclusion is a movement intended to change educational systems so they can better respond to diversity in the classroom. It is an essential component of the right to equal opportunity education and closely linked to access, permanence, participation, and student achievement. Likewise, it places special emphasis on those who, for different reasons, have been excluded or risk marginalisation.
Furthering the development of inclusive schools and educational systems is everybody’s responsibility. Within this context, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago in collaboration with various regional stakeholders active in the field of education, is undertaking technical support initiatives, promoting inclusive policies and practices; elaborating and disseminating publications, evaluations, research and studies of particular interest in this area; promoting teacher training programmes, and the use of instruments designed for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data on the state of special needs education, and inclusive education in the region. These initiatives advance a change in attitudes, conceptions and practices of the various actors concerned with education, help to eliminate the barriers to learning, encourage student participation, and, most importantly, contribute to the development of an educational agenda that can be truly shared by all.
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