Making School More Inclusive, Accessible, and Sustainable for Learners with Disabilities Post COVID-19
Webinar: Thursday, 2 December 2021
Organized by the Disability-Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group, co-chaired by UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), UNICEF, and Leonard Cheshire
Organized by the Disability-Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group, this webinar celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2021 (3 December), under this year’s theme of ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’. This observance is an opportunity to promote disability-inclusive education, highlighting progress made, including in the context of school reopening and building back better, and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of learners with disabilities in the region.
The webinar comprises two parts: the first part marks the launch of Mapping of Disability-Inclusive Education Practices in South Asia, a report recently commissioned by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, which highlights inclusive education policies, strategies, and practices implemented at all levels of the education system in the South Asia region that are effective, or hold promise to be effective, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part consists of a panel discussion with key stakeholders leading efforts to promote disability-inclusive education in their countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific.
- To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (every 3 December) with the wider community (national, regional and global);
- To showcase key current initiatives in promoting disability-inclusive education and the leadership of key stakeholders in advancing the rights of learners with disabilities;
- To discuss persistent issues and challenges faced by learners with disabilities, including those encountered upon the reopening of schools during COVID-19, and the implications of policies and practices at the national, regional, and international levels.
The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders, including OPDs, policymakers, and implementers interested in making schools more inclusive, accessible and sustainable for persons with disabilities in the region.
English; live captioning and sign language will be made available.
Dates and Format
Date: Thursday, 2 December 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm Bangkok time (GMT + 7)
Format: Zoom Conferencing (link will be sent upon registration)
Registration (required): https://leonardcheshire.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zfxG7p3UQACUhJ-WhkAi_A
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome and Introduction
- Nir Shrestha, UNICEF disability youth advocate, Nepal
- Rosangela Berman-Bieler, Disability and Inclusive Development Specialist, UNICEF
13:10 – 13:50 Launch of the report ‘Mapping of Disability-Inclusive Education Practices in South Asia’
- Introduction: Mita Gupta, ECD Specialist/Disability Inclusive Education Focal Point, UNICEF ROSA
- Presentation of study findings: Peter Grimes, Director, Beyond Education
13:50 – 14:30 Panel Discussion
Panel Moderator: Tolhas Damanik, CEO of Wahana Inklusif Indonesia and Disability Inclusion Advisor for the IFES-ASEAN project, Indonesia
- Speaker 1: Dr. Salmah Jopri, Director of Special Education Department, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
- Speaker 2: Dr. Anjlee Agarwal, Founder/Executive Director, Samarthyam, India
- Speaker 3: Prashanti Pradhan, Co-founder and Chairperson, Phensem Parent Support Group, Bhutan
- Speaker 4: Ika Putri Mahardhika, Program Officer, Social Media, and Organization Development, Wahana Inklusif Indonesia
14:30 – 14:50 Q&A Session and Discussion
14:50 – 15:00 Closing Remarks
- Sawang Srisom, Leonard Cheshire
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