Positive Psychology, Second Edition, Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd, 2011.17 The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, http://www.ncpedp.org/sites/all/themes/marinelli/documents/Rights%20of%2...(RPWD)%20Act%202016.pdf18 The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 http://thenationaltrust.gov.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/Persons%20with%2... Anuradha, until recently, worked in Hong Kong as an Early Interventionist with children with special needs in the 0-6 age group, under the auspices of an early education centre sub-vented by the Hong Kong Government program serving the non-Chinese-speaking population. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. provincial education authorities, engaged in a large-scale programme to field-test new ideas and practices towards a system of education that can include all learners, regardless of their diverse needs. Issues of Inclusive Education: Some Aspects to be Considered, Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education, 3 (4). Hence the onus lies on each educator to understand the nature of diversity in her classroom. Fatima secured admission in her neighbourhood school, but could she progress from the special unit to the regular classroom? DFID will work for inclusive growth through a number of programmes and continues to spend heavily on health and education, which have a major impact on poor people’s ability to take part in growth opportunities. Inclusive Education is a relatively new concept in the Indian subcontinent, which has been grappling with the enrolment of children into the school system. The barriers she encountered were attitudinal: the school authorities just could not understand how a child would get through school without being able to write. As more children with physical, intellectual, emotional, and other impairments learn alongside typical children, teachers continue to discover how … She achieved her development milestones (with a two- year delay) with intensive physical and speech therapies. This discussion paper explains that much more needs to be done for children with disabilities living in situations of armed conflict, and offers evidence-based recommendations. Like all children, children with disabilities have ambitions and dreams for their futures. Fatima had encountered traditional social barriers right at the doorstep. Unlike the PWD Act, the preamble of the RPWD Act lays down the ‘principles of empowerment of persons with disability’. Her practice has evolved to reflect this as she constantly strives to weave together therapy, education, and alternative communication into a fun-filled process of learning for her students. According to the review, there is evidence to suggest that there is a link between inclusive education and social inclusion in the areas of education… Inclusive education/mainstreaming has been promoted on two bases: the rights of children to be included in mainstream education and the proposition that inclusive education is … Inclusive education means all children in the same classrooms, in the same schools. Every goal in the 2030 Agenda requires education to empower people with the knowledge, skills and values to live in dignity, build their lives and contribute to their societies. My first encounter with Inclusive Education was through a four-nation field project on the Index for Inclusion involving India, Brazil, South Africa and the UK. Mike Oliver, in a recent interview for the forthcoming book, Doing inclusive education research (Allan and Slee, Rotterdam: Sense), lamented the fact that the social model had remained a source of But with retention and school dropout becoming serious issues, will this progressive vision translate into good practices in schools? The most progressive feature of the RPWD Act is the ‘Universal Design’ concept promoted by the UNCRPD. As a Special Educator trained in the 1990s during the run-up to the World Education Forum, Dakar, 2000, I was thrilled to discover the global interest in Inclusive Education. An important development under the purview of the RPWD Act, which has tremendous significance for formal schools, is the inclusion of 21 different types of disability, fourteen more than the original seven in the PWD Act. The idea of the child with disability going to mainstream schools, along with other children marginalised by poverty, gender and cultural factors, was gaining momentum. According to the Annual Status of Education report for 2014, 50 per cent of Class 5 students and 25 per cent of Class 8 students are unable to read a Grade 2 reader. In this way, inclusive education can capture ideas from the real life and experiences in each child. • First, let us look at the RTE Act from the perspective of Inclusive Education, disability and access to quality education. Some of the critical aspects of the objective of attaining quality of learning are differentiated curriculum, pedagogical innovation, examination reform and, most of all, teacher preparation. Kanika’s story illustrates the role a school can play in the inclusion of a child with benchmark disability with high support needs. The last decade saw a shift in perspective in respect of the education of children with disability - from an approach that emphasises welfare to one that emphasises human rights, following the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD) by the Indian Government. Nearly 50 per cent of children with disabilities are not in school, compared to only 13 per cent of their peers without disabilities. Inclusive systems value the unique contributions students of all backgrounds bring to the classroom and allow diverse groups to grow side by side, to the benefit of all. Take a look. When kids are found eligible for special education services, it’s common for their families to worry that they’ll be placed in a different classroom than other kids their age.But most kids who are eligible for special education spend the majority of their time in general education classrooms. Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education and the Education 2030 Framework for Action emphasize inclusion and equity as laying the foundations for quality education.. Are teachers today prepared in the basic practices of curriculum adaptation, collaborative skills and Universal Design to build a new inclusive school culture? Fatima, 8, was excited at the prospect of being admitted, after a long wait, to a ‘good’ school. http://www.eenet.org.uk/resources/docs/Index%20English.pdf. Section 21 of the RTE Act invests the mandatory School Management Committee with the responsibility to create a school development plan. Discuss what you mean by terms such as critical thinking and analysis to ensure students understand what this means in practice. Disability is the single most serious barrier to education across the globe. Following the enactment of the RTE, Fatima was eligible to join any school in her neighbourhood. The joint committee met for the first time June 5, 1995 . This goes against the spirit of the RTE Act. Overcoming this requires educational reform and progressive leadership that encourages learning and participation for all. • The Norms and Standards of the RTE make barrier-free access to class material, classrooms and buildings mandatory. IMPORTANCE OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: THE ROLE OF SCHOOL TEACHERS ¹ R. Mercinah & ² Dr.D.Nirmala (¹ M. Phil. The teacher gives him daily homework to improve his writing and numeracy skills to enable him to meet the achievements standards of his class. She trained as a special educator at Vidya Sagar, Chennai, 20 years ago and was introduced to the trans-disciplinary approach there. inclusive education as defined within the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act (2004). Inclusive Education is a relatively new concept, having gained international attention in 2000, following the Education for All campaign. Second, through the case study of Kanika (below), listing the practical aspects of inclusion. Benefits for students. inclusive education on the ground. This Article is brought to you for free and open access by CORE Scholar. Disability rights activists are concerned that children with high support needs are enrolled in school, but end up in home-based programs under the SSA. Yet, children with disabilities are often overlooked in policymaking, limiting their access to education and their ability to participate in social, economic and political life. Ensuring that each individual has an equal opportunity for educational progress remains a challenge worldwide. However, on admission she was placed in a special unit and was to remain there till she had gained mastery over the English and Tamil alphabets. http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/ncert-brings-out-learning-... http://www.ncpedp.org/sites/all/themes/marinelli/documents/Rights%20of%2... http://thenationaltrust.gov.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/Persons%20with%2... Inclusive Education in India From Concept to Reality, Inclusive Education: Challenges in Building a Coherent Understanding. His teacher needs to give him activities that include play in learning, shorter-duration tasks and tangible appreciation for achievement. By contrast, inclusion is about the child's right to participate and the school's duty to accept the child. The subsequent enactment of two progressive legislative initiatives - the Right to Education Act and The Rights of Persons with Disability Act - reflects a policy shift from a welfare-based approach to one that emphasises human rights. Suleymanov, F. (2015). Inclusive education is a continuous process of educational transformation, and a clear set of equity indicators – such as from UNESCO (2017) – can support inclusive education implementation. The World Bank supports social sustainability and inclusion by fostering inclusive and resilient societies where citizens have voice and governments respond. His mother’s conversation with his teacher showed that he is unable to sit for more than five minutes in class and is a social isolate, making him vulnerable to bullying. Inclusive Education is a relatively new concept, having gained international attention in 2000, following the Education for All campaign. Inclusive Education is about Whole School Development. Inclusive education is the most effective way to give all children a fair chance to go to school, learn and develop the skills they need to thrive. 2009. Inclusive education approaches differences and diversity affirmatively, recognizing the value of such differences and the learning opportunities that such diversity offers. Strengthening education systems and innovation. Think Inclusive reported on a 2001 study that examined “academic progress for students with disabilities in general education and self-contained classrooms over two years. Please enter your TOI password associated with your account. Sajan and others like him will benefit from early intervention and plenty of encouragement. Robbed of their right to learn, children with disabilities are often denied the chance to take part in their communities, the workforce and the decisions that most affect them. • Examples of successful experiences in different regions of the world in which parents and social organizations have acted in support of inclusive education. The fact that the new law is UNCRPD-compliant is transformative in its philosophical underpinnings and shifts the focus from social welfare to human rights. Measuring the success of inclusive education should go beyond merely In India, the 86th Constitutional Amendment guarantees education as a fundamental right to all and this includes the child with a disability. The story of Fatima, from Chennai, as narrated by her mother, a housewife from a coastal town in southern Tamil Nadu, illustrates the challenges in the implementation of the RTE Act. This section explores the links between the RTE Act and the RPWD Act from two different points of view. In schools, this translates to creating flexible learning environments that are inclusive of all learners with diverse learning profiles and needs. Education can help address the mismatch between skills of the available workforce and job vacancies, which is a key problem in many markets. They face persistent barriers to education stemming from discrimination, stigma and the routine failure of decision makers to incorporate disability in school services. A culture of collaboration and dialogue among all stakeholders - teachers, special educators, administrators, families and persons with disability is urgently needed to eliminate social barriers and enable a Whole School Development approach to support Inclusion for all children. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All, Inclusive Education: Including Children with Disabilities in Quality Learning, Towards Inclusive Education: The Impact of Disability on School Attendance in Developing Countries, Children with Disabilities in Situations of Armed Conflict. For more detailed guidance on programming for inclusive education, please … Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. http://www.ncert.nic.in/departments/nie/degsn/pdf_files/INDEX%20FINAL%20... https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/pdf/2016/03/Assessing-the-impac... http://www.dsek.nic.in/Misc/learningoutcome.pdf. For the first time, the Act made it mandatory to include children with disability in the mainstream educational system. The Head of KPMG’s Education Sector points out that the government has so far focussed on universal enrolment and infrastructure development, but now the focus should be on quality of learning. It reflects a shift in focus from a welfare approach to a rights-based approach and makes it a legal obligation for the State to ensure that a child is in a state-recognised school. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Alongside school enrolment supported by a ‘Zero Rejection Policy’, the Act provides for improvement in school quality through appropriate teacher training, barrier- free infrastructure and improved pedagogical and curricular adaptations. education issues pertaining to: Roles and responsibilities of teachers and teacher assistants; Training programs for teacher assistants; Projects to assist members in dealing with classroom issues . The RTE Act is built of the premise that all children should be in school. In the new Act, the basic requirements of attenders, transportation, physical and communication barriers will all be considered as a form of reasonable accommodation. Disability certificates, which are issued by medical professionals, are irrelevant for admission in schools: the emphasis should be on educational assessments. Both Kids Together and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitie… Lead 5 Ways Leadership Can Change the Conversation Around Diversity and Inclusion Oftentimes leaders think that the risk is too great to get involved in the discussion of diversity and inclusion. This will not lead to respecting the evolving capacity of the individual, because we don’t focus on the factors that restrict the development of the person in the given environment,’ says disability rights activist Meenakshi Balasubramanian, Coordinator Projects, Equals: Centre for Promotion of Social Justice. Subsequently, the RPWD Act, 2016 came into force, replacing the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act (PWD Act), 1995. • Under Section 19, a child is entitled to ‘full-time education of equitable quality in a formal school satisfying essential Norms and Standards.’. Children with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination which leads to their exclusion from society and school. This systemic entrenchment in welfare has resulted in the preservation of segregated services even within the flagship programme for the Education For All Campaign, the SSA. Sajan is a reluctant learner who struggles to transition to school every day. It has been accepted for inclusion in Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education … At the school level, teachers must be trained, buildings must be refurbished and students must receive accessible learning materials. 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