Contacts

All email inquiries should be sent to: DGII-InclusiveEd@coe.int

Council of Europe Secretariat in Strasbourg

Regional and Bilateral Cooperation Unit, Education Department
Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe
Agora Building, 1 quai Jacoutot, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Ms Sarah KEATING – Head of Unit
Ms Vesna ATANASOVA – Senior Project Officer
Ms Sophie ASHMORE – Administrative Project Assistant
Mr Marco DE-BLASI – Project Assistant

Council of Europe Office in Belgrade

Blue Center, Španskih boraca 3, 11070 Belgrade
www.coe.org.rs

Ms Marijana TODOROVIĆ – Project Officer for Serbia, Croatia and
"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
Phone: + 381 11 71 55 517

Ms Miroslava BALABANOVIĆ – Project Assistant
Phone: + 381 11 71 55 524

Ms Irena DRASKOVIĆ  – Project Assistant
Phone: + 381 11 71 55 508

Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo

Importanne Centre, Zmaja od Bosne 7-7A, 71000 Sarajevo
www.coe.ba

Ms Zorica LEŠIĆ – Project Officer for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*
Phone: + 387 33 590 445, ext. 113

Ms Djana DZAFIĆ – Project Assistant
Phone: + 387 33 590 445, ext. 117

Ms Sadzida TULIĆ – Project Assistant
Phone: + 387 33 590 445, ext. 107

Council of Europe Office in Tirana

Skenderbej Square, Pallati i Kulturës, First Floor, 1001, Tirana
www.coe.al

Ms Delina CICI – Project Officer for Albania and Montenegro
Phone: +355 4 4540 216

Ms Ervilda SMAJLAJ – Project Assistant
Phone: +355 4 4540 216

*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.

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Societies work best when all its members are fully included

Societies, like businesses, function best when all resources are fully used and inclusive education is the only mechanism available that ensures all human resources to be fully used for the sake of the whole society, said Sophie Beaumont, Task Manager for Education and Gender issues at the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje, during the second regional PolicyNet meeting that took place in Skopje on 27-28 May 2015.

The goals of the meeting for the members of the PolicyNet were to endorse the Regional Policy Recommendations on inclusive education by the PolicyNet and to develop action plans for inclusive education at the Beneficiary level. During the meeting, members also signed a pledge to advocate the implementation of the policy recommendations on inclusive education in their national policies and systems.

“This pledge is only a very small part of what we are trying to achieve through our project, but at the same time it is an important symbol of dedication and a symbol of the need for a truly comprehensive approach in creating inclusive school environments”, said Vesna Atanasova, Senior Project Officer for the Joint EU/CoE Regional Support for Inclusive education project.  

Seven workshops in each of the seven Beneficiaries covered by the project were organised as a final evaluation for Regional Policy Recommendations by all actors involved in their creation. Teachers, principals, schools and parents, representatives of education ministries, state education inspectorates and other institutions and agencies took part in a fully participatory process for drafting these recommendations.

With the regional PolicyNet meeting in Skopje, the endorsement process concludes, and the recommendation will now be submitted to beneficiary-level policy makers, who should translate them into policy actions. For this to be achieved, members of the PolicyNet developed beneficiary-level action plans which will facilitate the process of advocating and adopting these recommendations. 

The Policy Recommendations include measures for increased schools’ capacity, improved teacher competences and for developing mechanisms for monitoring and supporting the inclusive process. Methods of redefining enrolment policies and improved inter-institutional cooperation are also part of the recommendations. The goal of these recommendations is to stimulate the creation of more inclusive school environments in the South Eastern Europe region.