Inclusive Education--A Discussion with Dr. Margaret McLaughlin and Lynn Losert about Best Practices and Continuing Challenges in Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia
Inclusive education is an education system that accepts all children equally and provides them with the best quality education possible. In order to provide an inclusive education, communities, teachers, schools and systems must better accommodate the diversity of pupil learning needs as well as enable them to be included in all aspects of school-life.
The Europe and Eurasia Bureau’s Social Transition Team hosted the Inclusive Education event with the purpose of bringing the various stakeholders who work on education and disability together to learn more about inclusive education, including best practices, and the contextual factors that affect program implementation. Presenters shared recommendations on practical start-up steps for inclusive education programs that could be applied to programming efforts in the Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and beyond.
Dr. Margaret McLaughlin presented on Lessons Learned from Inclusive Programs in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She provided an overview of inclusive programs that have been funded or supported through various organizations, including UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank, with a specific focus on the evaluations or research conducted as part of these programs. Dr. McLaughlin also summarized key findings and implications for future efforts.
Lynn Losert presented findings from her report Best Practices in Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities: Applications for Program Design in the Europe and Eurasia Region. She also spoke to her experience in Cambodia.