First Sudanese National Conference on Inclusive Education

_1.jpg

© UNESCO
18 July 2016


© UNESCO

 

First Sudanese National Conference on Inclusive Education

On June 5, the Khartoum office of UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and INGO “ADD International” organized the First Sudanese National Conference on Inclusive Education.  The Conference took place at Sir-Elkhatim Hall, Federal Ministry of Education, under the auspices of her Excellency Dr. Souad Abdulrazig, the Minister of Education, with the participation of ministry officials, teachers from public and private special education institutions as well as representatives from UN agencies, EU, NGOs and CSOs. The Conference was dedicated to the results of the Joint UN Project, managed by UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO, which targets to development of children with disabilities in Sudan, and was funded by the UN Partnership to promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Donor Trust Fund (UNPRPD MDTF).

After the opening session, four presentations addressing the inclusive education issues in Sudan were presented:

  • “UNPRPD joint presentation, implementation challenges and future prospective” (UNESCO)

  • “Sudan National Strategy for People with Disabilities: Achievements and Challenges” (the National Council for People with Disability)

  • “MoE strategy for education of children with disability: Achievements and Challenges” (the Ministry of Education)

  • “MoH strategy for children with disability: Achievements and Challenges” (the Ministry of Health)

Then ADD International presented their project “Modeling for children with disability education in Gedaref State”.


© UNESCO

The presentations were followed by a long discussion, which were moderated by Dr. Aiman Badri (UNESCO), which mainstreams the idea to strengthen the partnerships between all the respective government institutions, UN agencies, and NGOs to promote education for people with disabilities and to ensure inclusive and equal education for all. The conference closed at 15:30 after presenting the recommendations:

  1. To organize TOT workshops for all the disabilities in all the states.

  2. Actively to Involve civil society organizations in supporting the education of people with disabilities.

  3. To activate the role of government institutions to support the disabilities related projects in terms of training and creating an inclusive environments.

  4. To provide resources rooms for people with disabilities in the public schools.

  5. To promote social and psychological specialists in the  public schools.

  6. To involve the Ministry of Health in providing occupational therapy, physiotherapy and therapeutic feeding on the ground.

  7. To activate the school health units in providing the support for children with disabilities in terms of early detection and intervention.

  8. To promote a creation of the friendly school  environment for children with disabilities.

  9. To involve media in supporting disabilities and raising community awareness about appropriate technologies and actions.

  10. To promote special education teachers through specialized diplomas and develop short refresher training courses  for the shadow teachers.

  11. To enhance capacities of the disability education institutions.

  12.  To establish committees for inclusive education at the states level.

 

The Conference was honored by Dr. Naeema Hassan Al-Gasseer, the Head of office and WHO Representative to Sudan.