With the view to promoting Inclusive Education systems, the UNICEF RO for CEE/CIS in collaboration with the Education and Disability Sections at HQ, has developed a cohesive set of products related to Inclusive Education, products that will support the capacity development of UNICEF staff and provide them with a set of materials that can be used in the field. Below you can find a series of webinars and companion booklets, each dedicated to a specific thematic area, under the overall title of A Rights-Based Approach to Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities.
The series is intended to provide practical guidance to UNICEF staff and their partners on the issues of Inclusive Education with a focus on children with disabilities, by exploring specific concerns, policy and implementation issues specific to thematic areas. The webinars provide the audience with the necessary tools and references to guide further study, and determine the capacity development needs of each country. Each webinar and its companion booklet was developed by an expert on a specific thematic area.
Webinar & Booklet 1 - Conceptualizing Inclusive Education and Contextualizing it within the UNICEF Mission
Written and hosted by Amy Farkas, Webinar/Booklet 1 discusses why inclusive education is important, and what inclusive education is and is not about. It goes on to explain how inclusive education relates to UNICEF’s mission, as well as the organization’s disability and education agendas, and summarize UNICEF’s recent involvement with inclusive education at the global and regional levels.
|Booklet 1: Conceptualizing Inclusive Education........|
Webinar & Booklet 2 - Definition and Classification of Disability
In Webinar/Booklet 2, Judith Hollenweger assists UNICEF staff and our partners to get to know the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and gain an understanding of how it fits within UNICEF’s mission. The ICF is a standard and universal language and conceptual basis to understand and describe disability. It brings together the diverse models of disability and understands disability as a description of the situation of a person rather than as a characteristic of the person. The booklet discusses why UNICEF staff should get involved with the ICF and how it can be used to conceptualise disability; how the ICF relates to inclusive education and how the ICF can be used to support participation of all children.
|Booklet 2: Definition and Classification of Disability||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 3 - Legislation and Policies for Inclusive Education
In Webinar/Booklet 3, Gerison Lansdown provides you with an overall view of the rights-based approach to inclusive education, including an overview of the broad measures across government needed to underpin inclusive education. The Webinar/Booklet makes the case for dedicated legislation and policies to introduce inclusive education, as well as the barriers impeding access of children with disabilities to inclusive education and the measures needed to ensure respect for the rights of children with disabilities within education.
|Booklet 3: Legislation and Policies for Inclusive Education||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 4 - Collecting Data on Child Disability
Written and hosted by Claudia Cappa, webinar/Booklet 4 assists UNICEF staff and our partners to understand why data on disabled children are currently inadequate, the difficulties that surround the gathering of high-quality data on disabled children, and why there is a real need to improve the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of disability data. In this webinar/booklet you can read about how a lack of high-quality data is adversely affecting evidence on child disability, and how this compromises the ability of countries to ensure disabled children achieve their true potentials. Further, it discusses what the key considerations are for data collection, analysis and dissemination, the main challenges to gathering child-disability data and, finally, how reliable data are central to advocating for anti-discriminatory policy, and to foster the inclusion of disability on political agendas.
Errata: Booklet inside cover should include the following paragraph: "Please note this document is based in part on material developed for publication in UNICEF’s upcoming Guidelines for the Production of Statistics on Children with Disabilities, 2016, which has been drafted with inputs from several experts. In particular, acknowledgement is due to Janet Njelesani, who provided inputs on the conceptual frameworks and the review of available data, and to Carissa Gottlieb, who contributed to the section on data collection methods." - Our deepest appologies go to Janet Njelesani and Carissa Gottlieb for the oversight.
|Booklet 4: Collecting Data on Child Disability||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 5 - Mapping Children with Disabilities Out of School
In this webinar/booklet, Dan Mont assists UNICEF staff and our partners to better understand the relationship between childhood disability and school attendance, and how to statistically identify and map out-of-school children. The webinar/booklet discusses the importance of tracking early childhood interventions and hard-to-find children who are not in school, for example those being hidden by their families or sent to live in institutions. It discusses how to incorporate children in special schools into indicators for enrolment and attendance and identifies various supply- and demand-side barriers to receiving an education. The webinar/booklet suggests what to do if data on children with disabilities is not readily available and provides recommendations for incorporating data on disability into education indicators, when data on
childhood disability is available.
|Booklet 5: Mapping Children with Disabilities Out of School||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 6 - Education Management Information Systems and Children with Disabilities
Also written and hosted by Dan Mont, webinar/booklet 6 discusses how to incorporate information relevant for monitoring and evaluating the inclusiveness of school systems and the outcomes of students with disabilities using Education Management Information Systems (EMIS). Webinar/booklet 6 discusses the need for disability indicators and the role of EMIS in collecting those indicators, and provides an overview of the data typically found in EMISs. Further, it provides recommendations for how to include data on children with disabilities and the inclusivity of school systems in EMIS.
|Booklet 6: EMIS and Children with Disabilities||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 7 - Partnerships, Advocacy and Communication for Social Change
Webinar/Booklet 7 was developed and hosted by Candace Cable. It is meant to assist UNICEF staff and our partners to understand the basic concepts of the many unfounded social norms, beliefs and cultural practices – what they are and how they operate – that are responsible for the many layers of stigma and bias that keep children with disabilities set apart and excluded from education. It examines how questioning and changing bias and stigma-based attitudes and behaviours will begin to create the social change that is needed for children with disabilities to be embraced into a successful inclusive education system, and how this is achievable with the use of strategic partnerships, advocacy that includes self-advocacy and community advocacy and the principals of communication for development, as well as the latest communication strategies.
|Booklet 7: Partnerships, Advocacy and Communication.....||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 8 - Financing of Inclusive Education
Financing of Inclusive Education was written and hosted by Crawford Dedman and assists UNICEF staff and our partners to understand basic concepts of financing inclusive education (IE), with an emphasis on children with disabilities, and recommendations on what financing models and strategies support a rights-based approach to inclusive education. In it we discuss why funding is important to inclusive education, and what are the funding models and approaches that support inclusive education. The webinar/booklet provides suggestions and practical tips on how to support the implementation of funding models and approaches that support a rights-based approach to inclusive education.
|Booklet 8: Financing of Inclusive Education||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 9 - Inclusive Pre-School Programmes
Written and hosted by Mary Moran, webinar/booklet 9 provides an understand the basic concepts of inclusive pre-school programmes, with an emphasis on children with disabilities. It discusses why inclusive pre-schools are important; How early identification and intervention can impact children’s readiness for school; Key characteristics of high-quality inclusive pre-schools and how inclusive pre-schools make a lasting difference for all young children and their families.
|Booklet 9: Inclusive Pre-School Programmes||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 10 - Access to School and the Learning Environment I - Physical, Information and Communication
Webinar/booklet 10 was written and hosted by Bob Topping and is dedicated to presenting the basic concepts of accessibility and universal design as they relate to education both in the physical and learning environment, with an emphasis on children with disabilities. You will be introduced to the benefits that accessible schools provide to an entire community and the types of barriers that limit access to education for children with disabilities; the concept and benefits of accessibility and universal design, as well as the accessibility continuum and how it applies to the design of schools; the importance of providing books and other learning materials in formats that can be read and understood by all children and strategies for providing information to children in appropriate accessible formats, highlighting the importance of effective communication support within the classroom for all children, and strategies for providing communication support for children with disabilities.
|Booklet 10: Access to School I ......||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 11 - Access to School and the Learning Environment II - Universal Design for Learning
Chris Johnstone wrote and hosted webinar/booklet 11, the second with specific content related to access(ibility). This webinar/booklet complements the previous one by discussing Universal Design for Learning and its implications for children with disabilities. It discusses ways of representing material so it is accessible to children with disabilities, ways of facilitating children’s responses that are flexible and support children with disabilities, ways of providing opportunities for all children to be engaged in learning and ways to make assessments accessible for children with disabilities.
|Booklet 11: Access to School II - UDL||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 12 - Teachers, Inclusive, Child-Centred Teaching and Pedagogy
In this webinar/booklet, Peter Grimes discusses how teachers can be prepared and supported to teach in inclusive settings, and which teaching and learning approaches are most suitable. The webinar/booklet includes: The profile of inclusive teachers, different perspectives on special educational needs, approaches to teach children with disabilities in mainstream settings, models to prepare student teachers to work in inclusive settings, and strategies to support and train teachers already working in inclusive settings.
|Booklet 12: Teachers, Teaching and Pedagogy||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 13 - Parents, Family and Community Participation in Inclusive Education
Sergio Meresman wrote and hosted webinar/booklet 13. In it he discusses why the participation of parents and community organisations is important in general for education and particularly significant in the case of children with disabilities and their families, and provides examples of different approaches to engaging families and community in support of inclusion and approaches to making it effective and meaningful for all parties. The webinar/booklet also discusses how to identify family and community assets that can assist the process of implementing inclusive education on the ground, and gives examples of successful experiences in different regions of the world in which parents and social organisations have acted in support of inclusive education.
|Booklet 13: Parents, Family and Community.....||See the webinar in Vimeo|
Webinar & Booklet 14 - Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
The last webinar/booklet was again written and hosted by Dan Mont and focuses on assisting UNICEF staff and partners to incorporate information relevant for monitoring and evaluating the inclusiveness of school systems and the participation levels and achievements of children with disabilities. The webinar/booklet discusses the role of situational analyses and monitoring and evaluation systems, and provides an overview of the components of situational analyses and monitoring and evaluation systems, specifically in regards to inclusive education. Finally, it provides examples of tools for classifying inclusive education and efforts to design monitoring and evaluation systems for inclusive education.
|Booklet 14: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation||See the webinar in Vimeo|