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Influencers in inclusive education

Course Summary

Inclusive education means every child has the right to quality education and learning. Disability is one of the most serious barriers to education across the globe. The main goal is getting all children into school and learning. The most effective way to give all children a fair chance to go to school, learn and develop the skills they need to thrive is inclusive education. That means all children in the same classroom, in the same schools. At the same time, it means real learning opportunities for students who have traditionally been excluded.

Education influencers use social media platforms to share informative content and information with teachers and students, including ideas, encouragement and other education-specific content. Influencers in inclusive education are educators who are helping inclusive system changes to think inclusive and act inspiring fellow teachers with their unique classroom knowledge and helpful resources.

Course Detailed Description

Every student matters equally (UNESCO). Yet millions of people worldwide continue to be excluded from education for reasons which might include gender, ethnic or social origin, language, nationality, religion, economic condition or ability.

Inclusive education works to identify all barriers to education and remove them and cover everything from curricula to pedagogy and teaching.

20 % of children and young people face exclusion from education on a daily basis.

93 to 150 million children live with a disability globally.

335 million female students do not have minimum requirements for water, sanitation and hygiene.

40 % of the global population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand.

A welcoming and diverse educational environment can massively improve the well-being of students. Therefore, is important to raise students’ confidence and improve communication skills to be able to cooperate in learning.

At the school level, teachers must be trained, buildings must be refurbished and students must receive accessible learning materials. At the community level, stigma and discrimination must be tackled, and individuals must be educated on the benefits of inclusive education. At the national level, Governments must align laws and policies with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and regularly collect and analyse data to ensure children are reached with effective services (UNESCO, 2023).

Teachers and school principals/headteachers play the most important role in inclusive education. Therefore, is important to take care of an important role in inclusive education – leadership.

Influencers between them build a shared vision of inclusive education, identify and eliminate barriers for all students, adopt a critical approach to educational leadership, encourage innovation etc.

 

Topics:

educational influencers, inclusion plan, inclusive education, inclusive environment, safe environment

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1​

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities

  • Introduction of the participants, their goals for the class and their challenges, school presentations 

  • Exchanging good practices on sustainable and school life

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Overview of Inclusive Education

  • Getting to know more about influencers in education

  • Project task – Connecting Influencing and Inclusive Education

  • Innovative teaching strategies

  • Group Discussion: Challenges and opportunities of Inclusive Education

Day 3 

  • Best practices from different countries

  • How to achieve inclusive educational standards

  • Interactive workshop: Universal design for learning

  • Group Project: Developing Inclusion Plans


Day 4

  • Creating a safe and inclusive learning environment

  • Addressing the needs of diverse learners

  • Using technology and multimedia resources to support inclusion

  • Presenting Inclusion Plans


Day 5

  • Introduction to Project-Based Learning

  • Designing, developing and presenting Influencer-Led Project-Based Learning Activities

  • Course Fair – Exchanging information, needs and contacts


Day 6

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Improved understanding of the key stakeholders who play a role in promoting inclusion in schools, such as students, teachers, administrators, families, and community members.

  • Better awareness of the different types of influence that each stakeholder group can exert in creating inclusive environments.

  • Deeper knowledge of the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with key influencers.

  • Improved ability to engage and involve all stakeholders in promoting inclusion and diversity in the school community.

  • Enhanced understanding of the role of influencer networks and how they can be leveraged to promote inclusive practices.

  • Developed skills in communicating effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders and promoting a shared understanding of inclusion.

  • Increased capacity to lead by example and model inclusive behaviors and attitudes.

  • Greater appreciation for the diversity of perspectives and experiences among all members of the school community.

  • Increased commitment to continuous learning and improvement in support of inclusive education practices.

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