Various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including The Teacher’s Gallery’s non-profit arm – Inclusion Initiative, gathered for the 2-day Inclusive Education Framework Workshop hosted by Save the Children, The Asia Foundation, E-Net, Philippine Network for Inclusive Education, and UNICEF last August 14-15 at B Hotel Quezon City.
These CSOs are working from different sectors involving children such as children in conflict areas, children with disabilities, children that out of school or in conflict with the law, indigenous children, and children excluded/discriminated due to gender.
This Inclusive Education Framework Workshop aims to identify existing practices of CSOs that serve the sectors identified to promote inclusive education and unify these CSOs to come up with an integrated and comprehensive inclusive education framework that can serve as a basis for engagement with government both at the executive and legislative branches.
At the end of the 2-day workshop, clear and unified action plans were created which revolves around working for the policy, system and campaign programs. Apart from the continuous conduct of current initiatives per organization, the whole group decided to work collectively towards the same goal of increasing the awareness of the general public of the benefits of inclusive education for ALL learners through research forums, social media campaigns and collective celebration of the Inclusive Schools Week spearheaded by Inclusion Initiative and The Teacher’s Gallery.