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Inclusive Education Conference - Moscow

Conference on inclusive education for children with disabilities in CEECIS

Welcome to the conference web page where you can find all the available information and resources.

In Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, children with disabilities continue to be marginalized. Hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities are in institutions, or at home, and remain out of school. While children from marginalized groups, in general, continue to lack appropriate and high quality education, children with disabilities, often receive no education at all.

To address this issue, a conference took place in Moscow on 27-29 September 2011

Twenty countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA ) took part, as well as representatives from the Council of Europe, the European Agency for Development of Special Needs Education, and Special Olympics.


UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS, UNICEF Russia Federation with the support of the Moscow City Government.


  • To highlight the global movement towards Inclusive Education, and explore how the CEECIS region fits within the current global trend;
  • To share experiences and good practices already implemented within the region and highlight ways in which scaling-up might be attained by means of networking and engagement in partnerships;
  • To enhance collaboration among all stakeholders.

Desired outcomes:

  • Participants will have learned about the latest developments within the international context for inclusive education for children with disabilities;
  • Participants will have shared national experiences and policies related to inclusive education for children with disabilities, specifically targeting:
  • Legal frameworks and policy
  • Research and data collection mechanisms
  • Issues related to the definition and classification of Children with Disabilities (including deinstitutionalization efforts and value-added)
  • Financing options
  • Participants will have developed networks and collaborative opportunities within the region, specifically targeting:
  • Communication, mobilization, public awareness and advocacy strategies towards attitude change and stigma reduction;
  • Inter-sectoral partnerships.

More resources including list of experts, presentations, papers and links to podcasts will be uploaded on this page as it becomes available. Please check back soon. For more information please contact


Day 1 - 27 September 2011
Presentations from Day 1 - 27 September 2011

Day 2 - 28 September 2011
Presentations from Day 2 - 28 September 2011

Day 3 - 29 September 2011
Presentations from Day 3 - 29 September 2011






Conference documents

Latest agenda (in PDF)

List of participants (in PDF)

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Children's conference

Click here for more information on how children and young people with and without disabilities are reporting and expressing their opinions about the topic.

Children's agenda (in Russian)

Children's agenda (in English)

Background paper

Click the PDF link below to download the background note "The right of children with disabilities to education: A rights based approach to inclusive education"
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