Upcoming event! Side event to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, 'Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities; examples from Central and Eastern Europe and CIS Region
UNICEF Executive Board Side Event to discuss inclusive education for children with disabilities
The Regional Office held a side-event to the First UNICEF Executive Board Meeting of 2013, with the theme 'Lunchtime Discussion on Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities; examples from Central and Eastern Europe and CIS Region'. This high-level event was attended by members of the of Executive Board, as well as several CEE/CIS state representatives, UN organizations, civil society and disabled people organizations. The event highlighted the progress made by three countries in the CEE/CIS Region: Armenia, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia, in advancing the right of all children, but particularly children with disabilities, to quality education. This High-Level Lunchtime Discussion provided an opportunity for three countries to share good practices and lessons learnt, and exchange experiences, and for UNICEF CEE/CIS to continue building on the momentum experienced in the region and contribute to the global dialogue on Inclusive Education, in the context of the Post-2015 consultations on education inequalities.
Regional Education and Early Childhood Education Network Meeting
An internal UNICEF Education Network Meeting brought together colleagues from 22 countries in the region to discuss key results and consolidate strategies for critical regional initiatives on: advancing inclusive education for out of school children, expanding early childhood education, improving learning outcomes and advocating for improved conditions for teachers.
The UNICEF Regional Office, in collaboration with UNICEF Russian Federation and the Mosow City Government, held a three-day conference which brought together more than 130 participants, representing 20 countries and dozens of organisations. The conference was organised around themes relevant to inclusive education. Participants and experts shared their experiences regarding: Inclusive education legal frameworks and policy, research and data collection mechanisms, issues related to the definition and classification of children with disabilities, financing options for inclusive education, communication, mobilisation, public awareness and advocacy strategies, and inter-sectoral partnerships. The conference highlighted the need to make visible one of the most marginalised groups of children in the region - children with disabilities - who are often prevented from attending school and becoming active and valued members of society. Click here for the Conference web site.
Frontline Responders Training on Education in Emergencies - Montenegro
The UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS and UNICEF Montenegro organized a second regional training workshop on Education in Emergencies. Teams from 5 countries in Central and South-eastern Europe participated - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. The aim of the training was to raise awareness about effective education sector stategies to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and to set in motion capacity building initiatives at the country level. For more information, click here.
CEECIS and MENA Regional Out of School Children Workshop
UNICEF CEECIS, UNICEF MENA and UNICEF HQ joined efforts to organize a technical workshop on measuring and monitoring out of school children. This workshop was part of the Global Out of School Children Initiative, which has brought together 25 countries to improve data on out of school children in an effort to accelerate their return to school. For more information, click here.
Frontline Responders Training on Education in Emergencies
The UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS, UNICEF HQ and the Global Education Cluster co-sponsored the first of two regional training workshops on Education in Emergencies in November 2010. Teams from 8 countries participated - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan - with the aim of building the capacity of their countries to organise EiE trainings at national and local levels and ultimately of improving their countries' ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. For more information about training materials, click here.
Estonia Study Tour: Lessons Learnt from PISA 2006
The UNICEF Regional Office brought together education teams from across the region for an innovative study tour on learning achievement. The overall purpose of the study tour was to contribute to improving the quality and relevance of basic education in CEE/CIS by learning about the reforms, policies and best practices that have worked in the EU8 countries over the past 15 years, and that have resulted in increased performance in learning outcomes, as measured by PISA 2000, 2003 and 2006. The study tour invited experts from Estonia, Finland, Poland and Slovenia to present and discuss their experiences in education reform with national government and UNICEF colleagues from CEECIS countries. For more information, click here.
Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Educational Needs
The UNICEF CEECIS Regional Office and country offices came together to participate in an international conference entitled Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Educational Need. organized by the International Step by Step Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, UNICEF and the Latvian government. The meeting, held on the 11-14 July in Riga, Latvia, brought together practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and NGOs from Europe, Central Asia and North America and beyond to discuss current opportunities and challenges in making early childhood development services and education systems more inclusive. UNICEF contributed many presentations on:
In addition the many parallel sessions provided opportunities for UNICEF specialists to learn from colleagues from the region and exchange good practices in the provision of ECD service and education.
Education and Early Childhood Development Network Meeting 2010
A half-day internal meeting of ECD and Education Specialists from UNICEF country offices of the CEECIS region was held with the threefold purpose of updating them about the RO's activities in ECD and Education, orienting them to the Riga Conference and Tallinn Study Tour, and hearing from them about their priorities and needs for support and technical expertise.
Technical roundtable: A Human Rights Approach to Roma Education
UNICEF invited a group of partners from across the CEECIS region to discuss inclusive education and the potential future collaboration. Participants left the meeting enthusiastic and energized for moving the inclusive education agenda forward in the region. Click here for a synopsis of the meeting and access to all meeting presentations and documents.
Day 2 - Presentations
Partners consultation - Day 1 - Presentations
Technical roundtable: A human rights-based approach to Roma education
Uniting partners for inclusive education