Interregional and Regional Perspectives on Inclusive Education: Follow-up of the 48th session of the International Conference on Education

Focusing on the theme “Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future”, the Conclusions and Recommendations of the 48th UNESCO International Conference on Education (ICE) (Geneva, 2008) refer to a broadened conceptualization of inclusive education as a way for addressing and responding to the needs of all learners. UNESCO has also defined inclusive education as “a process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing exclusion within and from education […]”. Crucially, this definition moved away from strong previous understandings of inclusive education as the sum of initiatives and efforts in favour of specific groups or targeted categories, towards the progressive understanding of inclusive education as the provision on quality learning opportunities for all learners.

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