CRPD Article 24
48th session of the International Conference on Education, Geneva, 25-28 November 2008
The theme of the 48th session of the ICE was “Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future”. It was organized by the International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the UNESCO.
Flagship was involved the arrangements of side event 7. More information from UNESCO WWW-site.
Working documents in multiple languages.
Workshops and presentations are here.
Side events and presentations are here.
Global action week 21-27 April 2008
UNESCO information from here.
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Read more about flagship activities in 2007 from here.
A workshop in Cambodia
A regional workshop in Asia on implementing inclusive policies for assessing achievements towards EFA will be held
in January 16-18, 2008. Expected participants will be UNESCO officers from Headquarters, Bangkok Regional Office for
Asia and the Pacific, Phnom Penh, EFA Flagship Secretariat, around 25 Member States from 16 Asian Countries, Senior
Education Officials of the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), Education Donor Agencies (UNICEF,
World Bank, Asian Development Bank) and Non-Governmental Organizations. More information
and press release.
Global Monitoring Report 2008
Andrea Valentini, working with the Flagship Secretariat at UNESCO in Paris has gone through the recently published
Global Monitoring Report 2008, entitled “Education for All: will we make it?” looking for interesting notes on inclusion
and disabilities. Read more.
Working luncheon on inclusive education (UNESCO)
During the 34th session of the General Conference (29 October 2007), the Swedish and Finnish National Commissions hosted
a working luncheon on promoting inclusive policies in education, in collaboration with UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA)
Flagship on Inclusive Education. Read more from here.
New members of the secretariat
Ms. Johanna Arponen (FIDIDA) and Mr. Andrea Valentini (UNESCO) started in fall 2007 to work for the secretariat.
Ms. Kicki Nordström (World Blind Union) and Ms. Penny Price (Rehabilitation International) joined in the editorial board of the
Material from the Flagship meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The sectariat organized a flagship workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (6-8 December, 2006). Here we publish papers, comments, and interviews (under preparation).
Ms. Jill Van den Brule and Ms. Mari Koistinen: The flagship and global level linkages for EFA (presentation slides)
Ms. Philippa Lei (World Vision UK) and Ms. Hazel Bines (Consultant): Ethiopia and the Fast Track Initiative disability study (presentation slides)
Ms. Kirsti Aarnio (Ambassadress of Finland to Ethiopia): Closing statement paper
Ms. Lakech Hailemariam (Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association): A Study on gender and disability: The Ethiopian experiance on ensuring the right to education for women and girls with disabilities
- Kenneth Eklind: Closing words (duration 4:59, 1 159KB)
- Matti Kuorelahti: Closing words (duration 5:49, 1 172KB)
- Equity issues in Ethiopia (duration 3:14, 2 382KB)
- Tirussew Teferra: Inclusive education in Ethiopia (duration 6:10, 8 305KB)
- Elina Lehtomäki: Support to education in Ethiopia (duration 21:23, 19 248KB)
Malakpa, Sakui, W.G. 2006 (Sep). The African association for special education and rehabilitation services (AASERS): A proposal.
UNESCO Policy briefs:
Inclusion 1/2006 (pdf 2.8M)
EFA Disability Flagship holds teacher training workshop in Ethiopia
The EFA Flagship on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities is arranging a workshop on
teacher training for inclusion. The workshop, taking place 6-8 December in Addis Ababa, brings together
over 150 individuals, from ministries of several East African countries, international organizations,
numerous local NGOs and teacher training colleges, as well as leading academics in the field of teacher
training and inclusive education.
The purpose of the workshop is to share experiences of inclusive education practices in Ethiopia and some
countries in East Africa. This will be achieved through raised awareness, shared innovative approaches,
identification of barriers and recommendations, as well as networking and strategies for the implementation of EFA.
On 8 December the workshop participants will join an OECD/World Bank conference on “Ethiopia Disability Screening
Pilot – Findings and Scale-Plans”. This conference address the issues of data collection, and will try to harness
experience from gathering data to identify, for service planning purposes, the extent of the problem of
out-of-school children with disabilities.
The UNESCO Paris serves as the joint secretariat of the Flagship, together with the University of Jyväskylä, Finland,
and the Finnish Disabled People's International Development Association (FIDIDA). The workshop is supported by
the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and active in the organization of the workshop in Ethiopia is also
the UNESCO office in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education with the participation of the
national TTISSA coordinator for UNESCO.
The EFA Flagship on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities: Towards Inclusion
UNESCO’s Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA)
UNESCO participates in adoption of first human rights treaty of the 21st century
29 August 2006 – After five years of negotiations, agreement has been reached on a new treaty to protect
the rights of persons with disabilities. UNESCO, through its EFA Flagship on “the Right to Education for
Persons with Disabilities: Towards Inclusion” has been involved in the negotiation process in particular with regard to Article 24 on Education.
“This is the first convention of this magnitude for this century,” UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson
said following the agreement that was reached late Friday. He indicated that participants were sending the
message to the world “that we want to have a life with dignity for all and that all human beings are all
equal” and reminded them that “the measure of a society is in how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.”
The successful completion of the treaty, after days of intense negotiations and compromises that capped years
of effort, was met with applause by well over a hundred government delegations, representatives from UN
agencies and hundreds of representatives of disability organizations who participated in the process of crafting the 40-article pact.
“This marks a great day for the UN and for persons with disabilities,” said New Zealand's Ambassador Don
MacKay, who chaired the talks through its final sessions. “It's a good convention and it will make a difference for millions of people.”
Supporters of the convention expressed that the treaty was necessary because persons with disabilities
represented one of the most marginalized groups and that their rights had been routinely ignored or
denied throughout much of the world. A representative from UNESCO indicated that “this will be an
important tool for reinforcing UNESCO’s work in EFA and ensuring inclusive education systems throughout the world”.
While the convention does not create new rights, it specifically prohibits discrimination against
persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including civil rights, access to justice and the
right to education, health services and access to transportation.
The Secretary-General indicated that the new treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities, to be
adopted by the UN General Assembly during its coming session in September, is a historic achievement
for the 650 million people with disabilities around the world. He notes that people with disabilities
have hitherto lacked adequate protection, and hopes that this long overdue Convention will mark the
beginning of a new era in which they will have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
He urges all Member States to ratify the Convention and ensure its rapid implementation.
It is estimated that 10 per cent of the world's population, or about 650 million people, suffer from disabilities.