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Inclusive education Community of Practice in Latin America

12-10-2018
A woman is standing and some steps behind her in the wall there is a slide presentation in Spanish on the Cost of Equity
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Katharina Pförtner, Regional CBM Advisor, led the meeting of the Regional Inclusive Education Community of Practice.

The first meeting of the Inclusive Education Community of Practice (CoP) for Latin America and the Caribbean took place in Guatemala.

Fourteen representatives from different local partner organizations of CBM from Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru gathered to share successful experiences from their countries in regards to different perspectives of Inclusive Education. Katharina Pfoertner, Regional Advisor on Inclusive Education in CBM, facilitated the meeting.

“We must get the teachers to understand that children can in fact learn”, said Philogene Edmont, Inclusive Education Coordinator in the Haiti Country Office, in relation to the future of inclusive education in Latin America. There are legal frameworks and policies in favor of this approach; however, their implementation is nowhere near, furthermore in rural areas. Necessary budget and knowledge to offer actual solutions to the transition from special education to real inclusion and the goal of a systematic shift with the individual support to all students that need –with or without disabilities.

Challenges ahead

The next steps ahead, according to the Community of Practice, are:
  • Working on the review of Regional guidelines to have contextualized information for each country, according to the inclusive education principles
  • Focusing on the orientation of parents and persons with disabilities to become educational community leaders
  • Finding new methods to strengthen the CoP, virtually or physically, and
  • Replicating regional practices on a country level.
As an additional activity, the participants attended the First Congress on Inclusive Education of Guatemala in Panajachel, which convoked more than 300 teachers throughout the country.

More information:

Inclusive Education

Historically, CBM has considerable special educational expertise. We are expanding and improving our work - with like-minded partner organisations - by promoting inclusive education in low and middle income countries worldwide.

05-07-2016

Guatemala

How CBM works, with partners, to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Guatemala

01-11-2010


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