Teachers join a social network supporting inclusive education in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 23 December 2012 - Within the “It's about ability” campaign, a social network of more than 100 teachers supporting inclusive education has been founded by the Resource centre in Podgorica and primary schools in Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Podgorica, Tivat and Herceg Novi.
Primary school “Vuk Karadžić” in Podgorica is the eighth school whose teachers had an opportunity to learn how to best work with students with visual impairments in an inclusive class from their more experienced colleagues and a tiflologist - an expert in working with visually impaired children from the Resource Centre.
"I personally find very important the experiences that people transmit to each other directly in an interactive way. Experiences from classrooms from other schools and from the trainers indicate us the ways to deal effectively with certain problems we may face. In this way, we all contribute to identifying the best ways to work with children with disability," said Zorica Radović, teacher in primary school “Vuk Karadžić".
Thanks to the acceleration of the child welfare and education system reform and the It's about ability campaign, the number of children with disabilities attending mainstream schools has almost doubled in Montenegro in the last 2 years.
Connecting teachers with experts for children with disability from the resource centres throughout the country will enable them to implement quality inclusive education for all children.
“As inclusion was initiated, a need emerged for the education of teachers in regular education, in regular schools, that is, for the Braille alphabet to be integrated as a universal alphabet in regular schools as well as in the Resource Centre,'' said Zoran Boskovic, director of the Resource Centre.
The resource centre will create an online community where teachers and parents from all over Montenegro, as well as anyone else interested, will be able to access video and other communication materials on the education of children with visual impairments and Braille alphabet, as well as to ask questions and seek advice, download audio recordings of certain literature and participate in discussions on inclusive education.
"The number of children in school with disability in Montenegro has incrised dramaticaly over the past 3 or 4 years and this is something the whole nation should be proud of. To help teachers to cope with this transition they need strong support networks and new skill sets and UNICEF is helping them with this.While we can celebrarte the fact that many more children with disability are in schoool today, many still remain excluded and we need to work hard to eventually insure that every child with disability has a place in the education system,” Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Montenegro Representative concluded.
Through the establishment of a social network of teachers and parents supporting inclusive education throughout the country, Montenegro's schools will become even more inclusive environments and the number of children with disabilities getting quality education in mainstream schools will continue to increase.