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Teacher training and curriculum: Developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles

Teacher training and curriculum: Developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles


Inclusion in education is defined by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2016; General Comment No. 4, Article 24) as “a process of systemic reform embodying changes and modifications in content, teaching methods, approaches, structures and strategies in education to overcome barriers with a vision serving to provide all students of the relevant age range with an equitable and participatory learning experience and environment that best corresponds to their requirements and preferences.”

Teacher education is the key to making inclusive education possible. It is critical that teacher education be periodically reformed to better equip and prepare teachers to work in inclusive ways. Teachers must be able to introduce inclusive pedagogies and techniques, among them the Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and the use of differentiated instruction, adapted materials, assistive technologies, adapted assessment methods, school-home learning links, and techniques of psycho-social and emotional support. School managers also have significant roles to play in embracing inclusive, whole-school change, as well as the establishing of school-based inclusion structures and teams that serve to institutionally seed and sustain inclusive practices.

Drawing on this background, the webinar aims to improve understanding of how teacher education can be fundamentally transformed to ensure that schools and the larger education system become more inclusive, a goal of inclusivity that will ultimately improve the quality of education for all children.


  1. To raise understanding among partners of the importance of transforming the initial teacher training curriculum and the continuing of professional teacher development priorities
  2. To share research and learning on ‘best practice models’ for teacher development and practice, which aims to enhance innovative inclusive pedagogy and to ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. To share ‘best practice’ examples from the region on how to support teachers providing individualised attention to children with disabilities, as well as to school managers to drive whole whole-school change
  4. To create momentum and collaboration potential across various stakeholders for the purpose of aligning technical resources at the country and global levels, thereby improving teacher training curricula that adhere to principles of inclusion in line with global commitments

Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in reliable teacher training resources promoting inclusive education for all learners.

Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar; live captioning and sign language will be made available.

Dates and Format

Date: 2 September 2021

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bangkok time (GMT + 7)

Format: Zoom (link will be sent upon registration)

Registration link: https://leonardcheshire.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bN072lrKTjSIgwZZGceH8A



2 September 2021

Moderator: Disability Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and Introduction from the Disability Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group (10 minutes)

- Nyi Nyi Thaung, Acting Chief of Section for IQE, UNESCO

10:10 – 10:50

Panel Moderator: Anand Singh, Chief Regional Coordinator, Educational International, Malaysia

  • Bhutan: Government of Bhutan’s Roadmap for Embedding Inclusive Education in Teacher Education and Ongoing Support: Progress Made
    Pema Chhogyel, Dy. Chief Program Officer, Special Education Section, Ministry of Education, Bhutan
  • SEA Region: Approach in making teaching and learning accessible for all in inclusive classrooms and beyond
    Dr Hanani Harun Rasit, Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Educational Needs, Malaysia

  • Vietnam: Sharing good practices in developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles in Viet Nam
    Nguyễn Xuân Hải, Head of Academic and Student Affairs Department/ Ha Noi Metropolitan University, Vietnam

10:50 – 11:20

Q&A and Discussion (30 minutes)

11:20 – 11:30

Key Messages and Closing (10 minutes)

-  Marie Shoeman, Programmes Technical Lead, Inclusive Education, Leonard Cheshire



Concept Note

Speakers’ Biographies

Speakers' Presentations



For more Information

Asia-Pacific Disability Inclusive Education Working Group Secretariat
E-mail: Secretariat.Diewg@leonardcheshire.org

Tags: #childrenwithdisabilities #inclusiveeducation