This issue has become a key on the workshop on inclusive education that was held on March 24, 2015. The activity organized by NGO “BelAPDIiMI” within the framework of the project “Continuation of dissemination and application of the ideas of the Convention “On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” with assistance of the Swedish organization “Star of Hope” was attended by both specialists and parents from different regions of Belarus.
At the beginning of the workshop the participants concerned issues about what is inclusive education and is it really can be implemented in our educational system. Participants were interested in getting for themselves something new on upbringing children with disabilities; understanding of how to implement the idea of inclusion in life; what to do to help others to overcome stereotypes and change attitude to people with disabilities.
During the day participants were offered to consider and discuss the notion of inclusion; medical and social approaches to understanding disability; presence of stereotypes people with disabilities and their close people face.
The participants could see a video about the success story of Pablo Pineda, a man with Down syndrome who has got higher education in Spain and teaches at the university. And all this has become possible thanks to efforts of parents and support of teachers who has believed in him.
Values and principles of inclusive education were considered at the activity. An exercise was carried out to show the fallacy of the decisions taken on the basis of subjective assumptions that formed the basis of the principle “Nothing about us without us and for us without us”.
The participants could define in subgroups what benefits (possibilities) are given by inclusive education for three categories: children, parents, teachers.
Also the participants were offered to consider risks of refusal to implement inclusive education and risks of its implementation on formal grounds. Discussion of consequences in situation of isolation of the child was held.
All participants expressed positive impressions on participation in the workshop, relevance of the theme and expressed desire to receive additional training on this theme with examples of successful implementation of inclusive education. They expressed their willingness to embody ideas of inclusion in practice.
The workshop was held by trainers on inclusive education who have got training within the framework of programs of ChildFund International – Marina Bylino and Irina Logvin.