2014 Meeting of the International Working Group on Education (IWGE)

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is organising the meeting of the International Working Group on Education (IWGE) in Berlin from 11-12 September 2014. The inter-agency network will meet this year to discuss the policy and implementation strategies involved in inclusive education. Inclusion: Rethinking Education for All

Flyer of the International Working Group on Education's 2014 Meeting

The international community calls for free, compulsory and quality elementary education for all children and young people. Even so, according to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/14, ‘universal participation in primary school is likely to remain elusive in many countries by 2015.’ (EFA GMR 2014). Alongside the remaining challenge of providing the option of schooling and equity of access for all children, improving the quality of education for those ‘250 million children who are unable to read, write, or do basic mathematics’ (ibid.) is central to combating the global learning crisis.
The causes of disadvantage and social inequality are numerous, and differ from country to country. Those particularly at risk and denied access to education disproportionately frequently include girls, children with disabilities, ethnic and linguistic minorities, child labourers, children living in rural or urban poverty, and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

International debates on social inclusion have entered the education sector in response to the challenges affected by constant and in some cases increasing discrimination, marginalisation and exclusion of vulnerable groups in education systems worldwide.
Although education has the potential to be an effective tool for defeating marginalisation and enhancing inclusion, education systems are often perceived to contribute to upholding social-economic inequalities. Upon examining the post-2015 agenda, it is evident that to define a future education framework, new policy and implementation strategies are needed.

Inclusive education provides new approaches for targeting the ‘excluded’ and offering quality education to every learner. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides the international legal framework for offering inclusive education to everyone. Recent studies show that quality education can be directly linked to inclusive education; it is an understanding of education that aims at full participation by all learners to make them acquire the requisite competencies, skills and attitudes to enable them to help develop inclusive and sustainable societies and economies.

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UNESCO / IIEP / BMZ / Organised by GIZ

2014 Meeting of the International Working Group on Education (IWGE)

Inclusion:
Rethinking Education for All

11-12 September 2014
GIZ Representation Berlin, Germany

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