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From the Executive

FAWE takes part in International Conference on Education on inclusive education

Thursday, 27 November 2008

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw was a panellist in the final debate of the 48th Session of the International Conference on Education held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 24 to 28 November 2008.

The focus of the ICE, organised by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education, was on how schools could become more open to diversity and promote successful learning.

Attended by approximately 100 ministers and vice-ministers, the 48th Session of the ICE examined how to overcome the main barriers preventing access to education; how to ensure equitable access to quality education and meaningful learning for all learners; and how to develop more inclusive education systems and schools.

FAWE addresses these issues through its policy advocacy at national level in over 30 African countries as well as through its programmes, including the Centre of Excellence school model which seeks to enhance girls’ access, retention and performance by offering quality education in a favourable learning environment; the Gender-Responsive Pedagogy model which equips teachers with skills to understand and address the specific needs of both boys and girls in the classroom and within the wider school community; and a new programme that will focus on providing targeted technical and vocational training to out-of-school girls in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Dr Diaw joined the Honourable Minister of Education of Argentina, Mr Juan Carlos Tedesco; ADEA Executive Secretary Mr Ahlin Byll-Cataria; UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Mr Nicholas Burnett; Mr Gaston de la Haye, Deputy General Secretary of Education International; and Mr Mel Ainscow of the University of Manchester’s School of Education in the debate entitled ‘Inclusive Education: from vision to practice’.

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