About the project

"Regional Support for Inclusive Education" is a regional project for South East Europe. It aims to enhance social inclusion and social cohesion in the region (in line with the Beneficiaries' commitments to European Union accession and Council of Europe standards) by promoting inclusive education and training in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and Kosovo* .

The project will promote the concept of inclusive education as a reform principle that respects and caters for diversity amongst all learners, with a specific focus on those who are at a higher risk of marginalisation and exclusion.

To increase the understanding of the benefits of inclusive education, the main activities will focus on 49 pilot schools (7 per beneficiary: 3 primary, 2 general secondary and 2 vocational secondary). The experiences gained from these pilot schools will provide policy makers with firm suggestions on how to scale up identified effective practices. This will enable them to cater for increased social diversity and more inclusive societies – for the benefit of all. The Pproject has a ‘bottom-up' approach that will help policy makers move from experience in the field to mainstream education reforms.

While focusing on pilot schools, the project will at the same time be conducted at a regional level, thereby accentuating the role of education and training in the promotion of social inclusion, tolerance, intercultural dialogue and non-discrimination in South East Europe as a whole. 

A regional approach to inclusive education is well justified due to the similarity of the social, political and economic contexts and problems shared by the countries in South East Europe.  In particular, the education systems have similar structures and are undergoing similar reforms, all of them struggling to ensure equality of opportunity for  diverse groups of learners. These common factors, coupled with the shared needs, similar priorities and limited resources, suggest that regional cooperation, exchange of experience and learning can promote more efficient implementation of inclusive education at a national level, while offering significant economies of scale.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
 

Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to enhance – in line with the Beneficiaries' commitments to EU accession and Council of Europe standards* – social inclusion and social cohesion in the region by promoting inclusive education and training. In order to realize this objective, the project will promote the concept of inclusive education as a reform principle that respects and caters for...

Project partners

This Project has been conceived as part of a concerted effort by the European Union, the Council of Europe and other partners to remove barriers for vulnerable groups in all spheres of life.

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Inclusive Day on 3rd October in seven capitals in South East Europe

 

Children, parents and teachers from 49 schools will gather in the main squares of seven capitals in South East Europe, to raise awareness on the benefits of inclusive education on 3 October 2015, at noon. 

Awareness-raising events for the Joint European Union andCouncil of Europe project “Regional Support for Inclusive education" in South East Europe, to support the positive practice of 49 pilot schools implementing inclusive education projects and to encourage other schools to create inclusive school environments. 

Policy-makers, experts, teachers, pupils and parents, and all members of the three Networks created by the project team to stimulate greater regional cooperation on inclusive education will also take part in the events. Pupils from the host pilot school will perform a cultural programme for the general public.

The project has already generated radio and TV educational series, as well as video clips with regional celebrities, aiming to promote inclusive education and relevant inclusive policies and practices in the formal pre-university education system in South East Europe.

The events due to happen in Tirana, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Podgorica, Belgrade, Skopje and Pristina and will create a strong synergy effect since they will be held on the same day and at the same time. All events will be open for the media and for the general public.

The events will take place at the following addresses and we look forward to seeing you there:

  • Vellezerit Frasheri Square, Tirana
  • BBI Center, Sarajevo
  • Europski Trg, Zagreb
  • Trg Republike, Podgorica
  • Kalemegdan, Belgrade
  • Jadran Square, Skopje
  • Zahir Pajaziti Bulevard, Pristina