Inclusive Education - The Pride Project
Inclusive Education in the Pacific is the sixth publication in the PRIDE Project’s Pacific Education Series. It is an outcome of PRIDE’s eighth regional workshop held in Nadi, Fiji from 1st – 5th October, 2007. PRIDE worked in close partnership with five other development partners and the Fiji Ministry of Education in the planning, implementation and funding of this workshop on inclusive education. The workshop was attended by a total of 44 people: regional participants from 13 Forum countries and Tokelau, resource persons, representatives from the seven partners and three observers.
The book contains 14 chapters, written by the workshop resource people, participants and presenters. The topics range from the philosophical underpinnings of inclusive education to practical guidelines for inclusive practices in schools, with a special focus on the education of children with disabilities.
Chapter 1 contains the opening speech of the workshop given by the Fiji Permanent Secretary for Education, Ms Emi Rabukawaqa. This is followed by a chapter that describes how the PRIDE Project is assisting countries to implement the sections of their education strategic plans that relate to the education of children and youths with disabilities. Chapters 3 and 4 draw on international literature on inclusive education and demonstrate two sides in the inclusive education versus special education debate. Chapters 5 to 7 provide comprehensive coverage of the international and regional conventions concerning the education of people with disabilities, and guidelines for their inclusion in national education systems are covered in Chapter 6, narrowing down to the education of children and youths with vision impairments in Chapter 7. The voices of two key inclusive education stakeholders—a parent and a disabled people’s association—are provided in Chapters 8 and 9, followed by three case studies on the practice of inclusive education in Samoa, Tonga and Palau. The insights gathered by the workshop ‘critical friend’ and workshop evaluator are presented in Chapter 13. The final chapter is the workshop outcomes document. This includes specific suggestions for strategies to move inclusive education forward in the Pacific region at three levels: regional, national and school.
This book is intended primarily for providers, practitioners, academics, professionals, teacher educators, policy-makers, disabled persons’ associations, NGOs and researchers engaged in the areas of inclusive education and the education of children with disabilities.
The complete publication can be downloaded here. Individual chapters downloads will be available shortly.