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Media advisory: The importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities through the experiences of Armenia, Montenegro and Serbia

GENEVA/ YEREVAN / PODGORICA / BELGRADE, 4 February 2013

WHAT
A briefing which highlights the importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities through the experiences of Armenia, Montenegro and Serbia: good practices and innovations, appropriate legal framework, suitable policies, communication campaigns and financing. Other governments are urged to follow suit and put in place inclusive education policies for all children – a critical element of social inclusion - and to ratify the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities.  

WHO

  • UNICEF Executive Director Mr. Anthony Lake
  • President of UNICEF Executive Board H.E. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen
  • Deputy Minister of Education and Sciences Ms. Karine Harutyunyan from Armenia
  • Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Ms. Vesna Vucurovic from Montenegro
  • Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Dr. Zarko Obradovic from Serbia.

WHEN
Wednesday 6 February 13.15-14.45 NY time, UN Secretariat, New York

WHY
An unacceptable number of children with disabilities are hidden away at home where they receive no education and no support. Children with disabilities are often excluded and invisible and their rights are being violated. There is a need for policy reforms and a change in attitude. Inclusive education provides the opportunities needed for children with disabilities as well as other excluded children to achieve their full potential so they can be active and productive members of society and an important social and human resource.

MEDIA MATERIALS
A press release, high resolution photos and b-rolls of the event will be available for interested media organizations.

For more information or for media interested in conducting phone interviews with their government representatives, please contact the regional and communication officers in the following countries. 

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