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Inclusive Education Working Group

The INEE Inclusive Education Working Group (IEWG) aims to promote the key principles, behaviors and actions necessary for ensuring that all excluded and marginalized people are included in emergency education opportunities, including in situations of forced displacement.

The concept of inclusion recognizes that some individuals face barriers to enjoying their right to education on an equal footing due to discrimination on the basis of age, gender, or other diversity factors, such as disability, religion, ethnicity and/or status as refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, returnees or stateless persons.

Barriers can be related to policy and law, the physical environment, communication, and social and cultural beliefs. Barriers can manifest in legal frameworks and norms; institutional policies, standard operating procedures and budgets; and in attitudes and behaviors.

Objectives

  • Practice: Produce, disseminate and promote the use of practical inclusive education resources for EiE practitioners and policy-makers.
  • Capacity Building: Influence EiE training schemes to promote inclusive education principles and practice more effectively.
  • Advocacy: Produce advocacy messages and information which can be used to get greater attention and support for inclusive EiE interventions.

The IEWG promotes a focus on inclusive education for all marginalised groups (whether on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, gender, language, poverty, etc.). However, the IEWG also has a specific focus on disability, acknowledging that children and adults with disabilities are often the most excluded from education during periods of crisis and emergency, and that the barriers to participation in learning for people with disabilities are often perceived to be the most challenging during emergencies.

Membership

The Inclusive Education Working Group is open to INEE members interested in developing quality, inclusive, learner-centred education for all, before, during and after emergencies. The WG co-chairs will send updates which highlight relevant news and resources, and keep members informed of Task Team activities and tasks. Please note that joining an INEE Working Group implies that you are ready and willing to contribute some of your time and expertise to the goals of the WG.

INEE members with interest and expertise in the thematic area of inclusive education may indicate their interest in joining the Working Group by directly send an introductory email to the co-conveners at inclusiveeducation@inee.org.

If you are interested in the IEWG work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us - www.inee.org/user/register.

Key Resources

Co-Chairs:

  • Charlotte Berquin, Education Officer, UNHCR Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa
  • Benjamin Bach, Senior Education Coordinator, International Rescue Committee DRC
  • Yasmina Haddad, Research Associate, American Institutes for Research's International Development Division

Contact the IEWG at inclusiveeducation@inee.org