INEE Task Teams

Inclusive Education Task Team

The INEE Inclusive Education Task Team (IETT) 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 Task Team promotes a focus on inclusive education for all marginalised groups (whether on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, gender, language, poverty, etc.). However, the Team 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 Task Team is open to INEE members interested in developing quality, inclusive, learner-centred education for all, before, during and after emergencies. The Task Team conveners 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 Task Team implies that you are ready and willing to contribute some of your time and expertise to the goals of the Task Team.

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

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

Key Resources

Co-Chairs

  • Benjamin Bach, Senior Education Coordinator (Democratic Republic of the Congo), International Rescue Committee
  • Charlotte Berquin, Education Officer, UNHCR Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa
  • Yasmina Haddad, Research Associate, American Institutes for Research's International Development Division

Contact the IETT at inclusiveeducation@inee.org.