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Local institutions call for inclusivity, diversity in education

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Inclusion and diversity in education would empower children and youth with disabilities and their families and enable them to realize their right to quality education and learning. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
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AMMAN — On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which falls on December 3 every year, the Ministry of Education, the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), the GIZ–Promoting Quality in Inclusive Education (PROMISE) program in Jordan, and UNESCO reaffirmed their commitment to continuing their efforts to promote an inclusive learning environment that embraces diversity among all children and youth, including children and youth with disabilities.اضافة اعلان

According to a recently released report by UNICEF, nearly 240 million children worldwide, or one in 10, live with disabilities and face challenges in their right to access quality education and learn jointly with their peers due to discriminatory social practices, a lack of educational policies and strategies, stigma, inadequate physical infrastructure, and curricula.

According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Jordan has made strides towards fulfilling its commitments towards inclusion and diversity in education throughout the past years. Within this framework, and with support from GIZ, the Education Ministry, and HCD, and in the presence of national and international partners, the 10-Year National Strategy for Inclusive Education (IES) for 2020-2030 was launched.
The IES was designed in line with the national Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities No. 20 for the year 2017 and the global Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 that aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.

Inclusion and diversity in education would empower children and youth with disabilities and their families and enable them to realize their right to quality education and learning. It can provide them with a safe learning environment, equipping them with the required skills and knowledge to grow independently and play a productive role in their communities.

Jordan is working on a plan that calls for continuous collective action at schools, communities, and institutional levels. The Education Ministry, HCD, GIZ-PROMISE program, and UNESCO are joining together to ensure that all learners’ needs are addressed, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, gender, background, or circumstances.

Making inclusion and diversity in education is a process that demands dedication and collective commitment from institutions, teachers, principals, parents, and the whole community, alike.

Together with the Education Ministry, HCD, UNESCO, and the GIZ-PROMISE program, Jordan has begun supporting 18 primary and secondary public schools in Marka, Ajloun, and Al-Karak through which further inclusion and diversity in education, as well as innovation, will be piloted, focusing on strengthening systems and capacities that can be replicated across the Kingdom.

Furthermore, GIZ and UNESCO will support the Education Ministry and HCD in developing comprehensive capacity development approaches and tools to benefit teachers and other education personnel.
A national awareness campaign is currently being designed and developed. Several activities will also target Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) and parents through community engagement activities to raise their awareness and strengthen their knowledge on inclusive education.

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 last year, children and youth in Jordan were heavily affected, and the situation was worse for children and youth with disabilities.

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