Orientation on Inclusive Education Held in Deped San Juan City
Our division conducted orientation of trainers on handling children with disability in inclusive setting last January 14, 2016 at Division Conference Hall, City of San Juan. It was participated by Education Program Supervisors and Principals together with group of trainers from the different schools with the following topic and lecturers.
Using Inclusive Language
Perspective on Disability
Inclusion with in Philippine Perspective
Children with Disability and their Rights
Assessment of Children w/ Special Needs
Model of Assessment Process in Inclusive Education
Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Research shows that when a child with disabilities attends classes alongside peers who do not have disabilities, good things happen.
For a long time, children with disabilities were educated in separate classes or in separate schools. People got used to the idea that special education meant separate education. But we now know that when children are educated together, positive academic and social outcomes occur for all the children involved.
We also know that simply placing children with and without disabilities together does not produce positive outcomes. Inclusive education occurs when there is ongoing advocacy, planning, support and commitment.
The training aims to provide education program supervisors and principals proper knowledge and skills and ensure that the participants are properly equipped with capability to perform various task in the effective implementation of inclusive education.
What can we do ?
The program have principles and obligation governing the rights of the children with disabilities. Say, Understand and respect their dignity and humanity. Valued members of the community. Not isolated, either socially or physically. Support in their access to education. Safeguarding from harm and empowering children and young people with disability.
As a teacher, we should establish a classroom atmosphere that encourages students to ask for clarification and assistance. Respect each child as an individual. Focus on each students strength. Maintain communication with caregiver. Take an information processing perspective. Involve students in their learning and problem solving and do all that can build a strong foundation for the students’ future foundation for the future lives.
The Convention on the Right of Persons with abilities promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and Paradigm shift in the treatment of persons with disabilities from charity and medical perspective to right based perspective.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child emphasizes the role of parties, the family, and other child carers of the realization of children rights. Children have the right to protection from all forms of violence, neglect, exploitation, and abuse and states must take all measures to protect them from such violence.
The organizing team recommend that an school based training of same kind should be conducted to implement the Inclusive Education in our school system thus, giving equal freedom where government, public and private bodies must ascertain the impact on the children on their actions in order to ensure that the best interests of the child are primary consideration, giving proper priority to children and building child friendly community.
Articles written by:
Mr. Anselmo B. Joven
Education Program Supervisor of Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE)