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Pathways to Inclusion
Start date: Oct 1, 2009,

Both on European & national levels, authorities worked on the realisation of legal frameworks facilitating inclusive education for all. Nevertheless, we have a long way to go before reaching a society where equal opportunities are guaranteed for all. Research shows the importance of inclusive & high quality education as a key means to achieve this. In reality, however, still a lot of arguments, based on a lack of know-how, are brought up to protect the special schools & their teachers. There is still much uncertainty with regard to inclusive education in both special & mainstream education. Therefore, change in the current situation is urgently needed. As up to now no knowledge-centre on Inclusion exists in Europe. The aims in this project are to develop:A sustainable network of all those committed to inclusive educationA regularly updated web based knowledge centre on 'Inclusive education for all', including: Information on the existing situation in the field of policy, teacher training & school A database of important contacts of professionals & stakeholders An overview of models of good practice & their critical success factors A tool for self-evaluation, which schools can use to measure how far they are in realising education for all and to which extent they meet the needs of people with special educational needsA network activity in the so called 'new' Member States in order to involve them actively in the evolution towards equal opportunities to inclusive & high-quality education. The network will help policy makers, stakeholders & professionals in the field of education to improve their work with pupils with special educational needs. Such sharing of information & models of good practice will make a significant difference to truly realising the changes already approved at a policy and political level. The result will be a better participation of people with special educational needs in all forms of education & a better inclusion in society.
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