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Sharing knowledge - Inclusive education

GENEVA, 25 February 2013: An event to promote the importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities will be held in Geneva on Friday, 1 March, at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.

It will showcase the progress made recently by selected countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) in the area of Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities – in collaboration with UNICEF and its partners.

This is the second such event organized by UNICEF in 2013.

While the High-Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming (March 1st, 15:00 – 18:00) will focus on education, the UNICEF side-event will provide a more specific focus on Inclusive Education and the backdrop for the annual discussions on human rights and disability in the following week.

It will highlight education for ALL students, and acknowledge that ALL students, including those with disabilities, require quality approaches to learning, leading towards suitable learning outcomes. 

This side-event is timely considering the UN General Assembly High-Level Discussion on Disability and Development planned for 23 September in New York and the ongoing post-2015 global thematic consultations on inequalities and on education.

It is an opportunity for participants to share good practices and lessons learnt in the field of inclusive education contributes to the global dialogue on this issue, in the context of the Secretary General’s Education First initiative and is a precursor to the forthcoming launch of UNICEF’s flagship publication, the State of the World’s Children Report which will, this year, be dedicated to disability.

The meeting is to be attended by:

  • Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia, H. E. Mr. Zarko Obradovic
  • Minister of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, H. E. Mr. Pance Kralev
  • Deputy Minister of Education and Sports of Montenegro, H. E. Ms. Vesna Vucurovic
  • UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt
  • Chief Executive Officer of Down Syndrome Ireland, representing the International Disability Alliance, Mr. J Patrick Clarke



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