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Social network for inclusive education launched in Montenegro

PODGORICA, APRIL 11, 2013 - Within the “It’s about ability” campaign, social network of teachers and parents supporting inclusive education of children with visual impairments has been established. Social network consists of more than 100 teachers from Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Podgorica, Tivat and Herceg Novi. Its aim is to increase the number of children with disability benefitting from quality education in mainstream schools.

"Education is improving, and today, apart from the Braille alphabet, we have computers with voice support and audio library that makes it easy to read books. In the future, schoolbooks written in Braille, which are bulky and heavy to carry and operate with, will be replaced with audio recordings of books," said Anđela Dragović, student of the Resource Centre "Podgorica".

The Resource Centre, with the support of UNICEF, has created an online community where teachers, parents and all interested can download video and audio material for education of children with visual impairments, ask questions, join a discussion and exchange knowledge on inclusive education.

UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks addressing the audience at the Resource Centre ''Podgorica''

"In this way, we are creating the conditions for teachers to learn through collaboration. We are using the interactive methodology to involve them in participatory culture and in educational debates on consultations on an ongoing and regular basis," explained Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Montenegro Representative.

The number of children with disability in mainstream schools in Montenegro has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, but many still remain excluded. Therefore, it is planned for the social network for inclusive education to be expanded to all schools in the country.

"This is a very good way to develop inclusive education. On one hand, it aims at giving support to every child who needs it, while on the other, it aims at educating teachers and
enabling them to work with children with disability,” said Vesna Vučurović, Deputy Minister of Education.

The Resource Centre announced that the social network for inclusive education of children with visual impairments would enrich its content through the publishing of audio editions of all textbooks for elementary and high schools in the future.

Presentation of social network of teachers and parents supporting inclusive education of children with visual impairments at the Resource Centre ''Podgorica''

"Within the Resource Centre website, we have created a video and audio library, dedicated to all schools in Montenegro. Within the audio library, we plan to record all textbooks for elementary and high schools in audio format, so that this knowledge is accessible to students, their parents and teachers," Zoran Bošković, Director of the Resource centre "Podgorica" concluded.

In this way, with the use of new technologies, all children with visual impairments in Montenegro will be able to download free audio editions of all school textbooks quickly, while their teachers can already access useful online resources about the education of students with visual impairments at the resource centre website.



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