Opening windows to inclusive education
At the start of the first regional Policy Net meeting to discuss inclusive education, held in Sarajevo recently, while delegates were being divided into groups to work on identifying common issues, someone asked for a window to be opened to let in some air. "But with what we are doing today, we are opening windows", another person said. Through an interactive and lively model adopted by the moderators of this conference, all participants had the opportunity to contribute with thoughts and ideas. This was all in the context of the key messages of this project: "An inclusive school is a school where: every child is welcome, every parent is involved, and every teacher is valued".
Access and quality are essential for education reform, the words at the opening session, from the representatives of the Council of Europe Ms Sarah Keating and Ms Mary Ann Hennessey. They agreed with Mr. Adnan Husić, from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Civil Affairs, that this will be a special challenge for his country, where raising public awareness of the true meaning of inclusion is important. Inclusion does not relate exclusively to disabled people, or representatives of minorities, but to a process that has a system at its centre which provides integration into the country and the region. After all, it is a heritage of the European integration process.