Introduction

Inclusive Education (IE) is an approach towards educating learners with and without disabilities within the same environment, taking cognizance of their strengths or challenges while seeking to maximize their potential. It is one of the most effective ways that promotes an inclusive society. UNESCO (2008) asserts that  ‘the concept of inclusive education can be viewed as a general guiding principle to strengthen education for sustainable development, lifelong learning for all and equal access of all levels of society to learning opportunities so as to implement the principles of inclusive education’.

 

According to UNICEF (2017), there are about 93 million children with disability worldwide. The World Health Organization Report on Disability estimates 15% of the world population are people with disability of whom majority are children. This may be the same situation in East Africa with some variance from one country to another. Addressing this category of persons is critical in achieving inclusive education and development in general.

The Government of Kenya has developed various policies in support of Inclusive education. The Constitution of Kenya (2010),Article 54(1) states that “a person with any disability is entitled to access educational institutions and facilities for persons with disabilities that are integrated into society to the extent compatible with the interests of the person”. This is further emphasized in the Persons with Disabilities Act, (2003), 18 (1). Despite developing policies on inclusive education, its implementation has encountered challenges.

THEME: “INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCING ACCESS, EQUITY, QUALITY AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL”

Rationale of the Conference

As a build up on the 1st KISE Inclusive Education  conference 2016, the 2018 Conference will provide a unique opportunity for academicians, researchers, policymakers, NGOs, development partners and other stakeholders  from the Australia, USA, UK and East Africa to have a discourse  on Inclusive Education agenda. In particular, the conference will seize the opportunity presented in SDG number 4; “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” and bring to the fore inclusive education practices and values therein.

The Goal and Objectives of the Conference

  • The goal of the 2nd KISE conference on Inclusive Education is to strengthen collaboration between national and regional partners working towards realization of inclusive education. It will be guided by the following objectives;
    • To exchange ideas on the current research activities on inclusive education;
    • To explore different approaches and practices on inclusive education and,
    • Discuss strategies and benefits of enhancing educational for all.

    The conference will be executed through the following sub- themes:

    1. Inclusive Education: Leadership and Practices
    2. Innovation and Technology for Inclusive Education
    3. Curriculum Reforms and Inclusive Education
    4. Social Justice and Advocacy for Inclusive Education
    5. Students’ Voices in Inclusive Education practices
    6. Teacher Education for Inclusive Education
    7. Role of Media in Promotion of Inclusive Education
    8. Policies and Legislation for Inclusive Education.
    9. Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Education
    10. Financing Inclusive Education
    11. Inclusive Education and Transition.

4.0 Approach

The Conference will comprise of plenary sessions led by experts on Inclusive Education, break-out sessions that will feature presentations and discussions by academicians, policy makers, NGOs, development partners, parents and students. The break-out sessions will allow for more in-depth and technical analyses of salient issues arising from the thematic focus of the Conference.

5.0 Expected Outcomes

The outcome of the Conference will include but not limited to:

  • A Conference Report,
  • Documentation of policy briefs on pertinent and emerging issues
  • Best models on Inclusive Education,
  • Policy recommendations.

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