Inclusive education recognises the importance of every student, regardless of cultural background or disability/disabilities. Inclusive education recognises that every student has equal rights and should have the same access to learning opportunities. In inclusive education, students are expected to behave according to the same behaviour expectations as all other students, and are expected to follow the school rules, including the school uniform policy.
Inclusive education is a way of thinking and doing things that allows each individual to feel valued and an integral part of the community or organization. Educational institutions are becoming more aware of the importance of inclusive education and are taking steps to ensure that their students, staff and other stakeholders are recognized for their diversity.
There are many ways in which an inclusive educational institution can recognize the value of diverse groups and individuals. One such way is through the use of diversity-based programs and services. These programs and services can be used as a means to provide assistance to those who may not otherwise have access to support services such as academic counseling or financial aid.
In addition, inclusion has been shown to improve academic achievement for students with disabilities. This can lead to increased enrollment rates, greater retention rates, higher graduation rates and improved job placement rates among all students at the school. Inclusion also creates opportunities for students from all backgrounds to interact with one another in meaningful ways. For example, these interactions may occur during group projects or field trips where participants share common interests or experiences with each other.
As technology becomes more advanced, it will continue to play an important role in promoting inclusion within educational settings as well. As mentioned previously, this includes the use of assistive technology (AT).
Inclusive education recognises that each student is a valued member of our learning community. It focuses on the uniqueness of each student and recognises that every student has a right to be included in their local school, with the support they need to participate fully. All students should feel welcomed, accepted, respected and supported regardless of their background or circumstances.
This is the first ever Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report to be published under the Sustainable Development Goals, and it concludes that the education targets are off-track, with progress failing to match commitments made. Governments must take urgent action now if they are to deliver on their promises.
This is not just about what happens inside schools and universities; it is about ensuring that disadvantaged people can participate in all aspects of society. The report makes clear that education systems must become more inclusive, in order to reach those furthest from educational opportunities.
The report finds that far too many children are still being left behind, including those with disabilities, those living in remote areas, or from ethnic minorities or indigenous groups. Girls’ and women’s access is also an issue in many regions. These inequalities must be tackled through tailored policies and programmes for these specific groups of learners.
In order to reach the most disadvantaged learners, GEM Report analysis points out that governments need to support a wide range of approaches and providers – including public schools, private providers, vocational training centres and community-based non-formal learning centres – rather than just focusing on a single approach.