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Perspective of children and adolescents on discrimination and the barriers to Inclusive Education

Fifth grade student Jorge attends class at the Estado de Israel public school in San Miguelito, Panama. Despite being born with Down syndrome, Jorge has been able to attend public school due to legislation mandating inclusive education, providing for children with and without disabilities to study together in a shared learning environment.


Recognizing the multiple obstacles to Inclusive Education in Latin America identified through various studies, an innovative process of participatory research was developed, which collects and analyzes qualitative information from the perspective of children and adolescents with and without disabilities and their families.

The study allows a look inside schools and classrooms through the eyes of those who participate and learn in them – children and adolescents with and without disability. It seeks to be an advocacy tool and provide technical support at the regional and national levels to inform the design of programs and policies about inclusive education, based on an analysis from the expertise of the participating organizations (Fundación Saraki de Paraguay, Sociedad Peruana de Síndrome de Down y ASDOWN Colombia) and the team of Catalyst for Inclusive Education of Inclusion International.

UNICEF, Inclusion International, Catalyst for Inclusive Education
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