04.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Nepal to participate in Bangkok workshop on inclusive teacher education

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A three member delegation from Nepal is today heading to Bangkok to participate in a UNESCO organized workshop on training teachers on the concept of inclusive education, an approach to educating students with special needs.

The event, which takes place from 5 to 7 June 2013, aims at enhancing advocacy for promoting and applying inclusive practices in and through pre-service teacher education.  Participants will provide feedback on the advocacy guides entitled “Promoting Inclusive Teacher Education” and make suggestions on their use.

The participation of a senior official from the government contributes to Nepal’s endeavour in inclusive education as a process of addressing and responding to the diverse needs of all learners by increasing their engagement in learning, enhancing their learning experiences and outcomes, and reducing exclusion within and from education.

“Schools in Nepal cannot be inclusive if teachers are not well-trained and supported to use inclusive pedagogy”, says Tap Raj Pant from the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.  He believes that the advocacy guides for promoting inclusive teacher education can be an effective tool to support efforts to improve the quality of teachers in Nepal through an inclusion-oriented reform of the national pre-service teacher education system.

The two and half  day workshop will bring together approximately 40 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand and Viet Nam. Each country team will comprise one policy-maker who can influence pre-service teacher education policies and one manager/director of a teacher education institution, as well as UNESCO staff from respective Field Offices. Local and international stakeholders in the field of inclusion and teacher education are also invited.

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