Everyone is invited to join & Celebrate
As described by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the recently released DepEd Order No. 21, s.2019 known as the Policy Guidelines on the K to 12 Basic Education Program, Inclusive Education is the core principle of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
Inclusive education promotes the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based and complete basic education.
Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) is an annual event in the United States sponsored by Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc. and is now being adapted across the globe to celebrate the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to ALL learners especially to those who are marginalized due to their disability, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion and other factors. ISW is also an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.
Last year, the Philippines celebrated the first ever Inclusive Schools Week PH spearheaded by The Teacher’s Gallery along with Inclusion Initiative and local partner schools and communities across the country. Read here for more details.
“Charting the Course for Inclusive PH Schools”
The celebration of the ISWPH provides educators, students, parents, schools, agencies and communities with the opportunity to think about our current philosophies and practices regarding inclusion and to plan for the “next steps” in the process.
What are the goals of iswph2019?
Goal # 1
Celebrate the progress of schools in educating an increasingly diverse learner population.
Goal # 2
Acknowledge the hardwork and commitment of schools, families, and communities in creating inclusive opportunities for all children regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors.
Goal # 3
Encourage reflection on how culture, policies and practices in schools can promote inclusive education.
Goal # 4
Promote action plans to increase the capacity of schools and communities to meet all the needs of learners.
How can you get involved?
We are encouraging everyone to be part of this global celebration to make a lot of noise about the advocacy for inclusive education.
What activities can be done?
ISWPH celebration is completely flexible. You can decide whatever activities you can do as part of the celebration depending on the level of implementation you wish to pursue. Download the celebration guide to serve as practical suggestions for facilitating the inclusion of all students in a general education setting.
Please don’t forget to use #ISWPH2019 when sharing your celebration posts in social media.