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What UNESCO does on inclusion in education


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UNESCO supports Member States to ensure that education policies, programmes and practices promote the development of inclusive education systems, from early childhood onwards. This include overcome barriers that limit the presence, participation and achievement of all learners. Particular attention is given to those learners who may be at risk of underachievement, marginalization or exclusion.

UNESCO monitors the implementation of normative instruments such as the UNESCO Convention against discrimination in education and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UNESCO Global data on the right to education takes stock of the implementation of the right to education in UNESCO Member States and provides information on laws and normative instruments that promote inclusion as well as on inclusive education policies.

UNESCO provides guidance and tools to support Member States developing/revising policies and programmes to ensure inclusion. UNESCO’s Guide for ensuring inclusion and equity in education helps Member States to review how well equity and inclusion figure in existing policies, to decide what actions are needed to improve policies, and to monitor progress as actions are taken. 

Through the Institute for Statistics’ work on equity in education, UNESCO encourages the development of analytical tools and the collection of data to better measure and address inequalities in education.

UNESCO enhances knowledge and promotes effective practices through advancing understanding and documenting of factors that allow inclusion in education.