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New Delhi to host national conference on issues of inclusive education with quality
A three-day national conference on "Learning Together: Inclusive Schooling" is going to be organised in New Delhi on 2-4 November at NDMC Convention Centre at Connaught Place of the city.

Co-partnered by Brotherhood Delhi and Centre for Disability Studies and Action (CDSA); School of Social Work of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; and The Cradle, New Delhi; the conference is based on  the premise that 'all students can learn together in regular schools'.

According to the organisers of the conference, the differently abled children must be afforded equal opportunity for education in schools. And, the schools are required to be 'meet educational needs of all students irrespective of their social, economic, ethnic, linguistic and religious background.  It implies that schools will have to meet the challenges responding to diverse educational needs of students' since 'every learner matters and matters equally'.

"Equal education opportunity envisages barrier-free access and participation in school activities.  Besides physical access, equal education opportunity for access to curriculum is ensured for all learners.  Curriculum and associated assessment are directed to success of all students according to their potential," states the concept note of the conference.

The themes of the conference are: Role of School Management Committee and Leadership;       Admission Policy; Curriculum and Assessment;  Classroom Management;  Classroom Practices;        Instructional Practices;  School Environment;  Teacher Development;  ICT; Assistive Technology and Assistive Devices for facilitating curriculum transactions.

 The conference besides discussing the research papers on the theme of the conference, key notes and panels will also discuss the quality Indicators have been classified into sixteen areas such as .       School Management Committee (SMC); leadership;  role of the SMC defined in the school manual;  school environment; responsibility and authority; admission policy; collaborative planning meeting; inclusive curriculum; instructional practices;  assessment and evaluation; individual student supports; parents and family support; staff development; health and safety;  medical facilities; and canteen.

The concept note also reminds that the government policies have evolved to be responsive to inclusive education.  Since 1990s, the seeds could be traced to the National Policy of Education (NPE) and Programme of Action 1986 and 1992 supported by Salamanca Declaration 1994.  The Right to Education Act 2009 and the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016 (RPD Act) further reinforced the government policy.  The policy is based on the expectation that children who learn together learn to live together.

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