09.12.2013 -

Study Day on Inclusive Education

Ms Marie Paule Roudil and Mr. Dirk Timmermans, President of the education working group of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (VVN)

On 4 December 2013, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels and the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (VVN) co-organized a study day on Inclusive Education. The event was hosted at the UN House in Brussels in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with a special focus on policy responsibilities concerning Education.

At the moment, the impact of the UN Convention is determined by ignorance and "cold feet". A lack of information on the legal repercussions concerning admission requirements and grounds for refusal lies at the base of the problem. The UN Convention requires schools to install 'reasonable adjustments' to make sure education becomes accessible for everyone.

However, questions remain unanswered: What is precisely meant by concepts like 'reasonable adjustments' or 'disproportionality'? In which case is an adjustment reasonable and in which unreasonable? What's the definition of the in the Treaty used word ‘disability’? To what extent will the new decree on learning support for compulsory education in Flanders, which is currently being looked over by the Council of State, meet the UN Convention?

Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, Head of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels, closed the fruitful debate by stating how important it is to improve the inclusion and the quality of education. She also stressed the significance of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in order to achieve the Global Education First Initiative and build a better future for all.

In case you require more information, please contact: m.persoon(at)unesco.org or t.baeck(at)unesco.org.




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