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INTRODUCING NEW STAGE OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION PRACTICE IN ARMENIA

New style of cooperation between Government and NGO sector:  Minister of Education and Science and “Bridge of Hope”, a member of the CNC Network, have invited the Minister’s Steering Committee Meeting to a conference titled “Importance of turning to universal inclusive education in mainstream education sector”. 

The list of invitees included members of the Steering Committee, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, heads or deputy heads of regional authorities, representatives of international and local organizations dealing with disability issues and other interested state bodies. The meeting was chaired by Committee Chairman, Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan.

He mentioned that this is a first time that the Minister’s steering committee is invited jointly with civil society demonstrating innovative approach of cooperation between government and NGO.  The long way Armenia passed in the way of introducing the inclusive education was not easy and it is because of stereotypical views of society on disability and people with disabilities.

Now it is the turn of Law implementation and commitment from all levels of authority and society to accept the rights of all children to and in education. Inclusive education is way to inclusive and kind society.

Following the law requirement, all schools in Armenia must be ready for inclusive education by 2025. Currently 180 schools nationwide are working with inclusive education practice. The results are truly encouraging.

The Action Plan of activities is already approved and the Ministry knows the outline for each year. But public support and especially support of international donor partners is needed.

Susanna Tadeovosyan, president of Bridge of Hope, was the second keynote speaker. Her impressive presentation was a strong advocacy tool in order to promote universal inclusive education and gain the commitment of all levels of decision makers and international and local partners alike towards achieving inclusion of all children into education.