International Organizations Supporting Inclusive Education
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The pursuit of inclusive education transcends borders and unites nations in a common cause. This webpage serves as a compendium of international organizations that champion the cause of inclusive education. As we navigate through the diverse tapestry of global initiatives, you’ll discover a world of resources, support networks, and innovative strategies that are shaping the future of education for the better.
Global Campaign for Education
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis. The GCE’s mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of every girl, boy, woman and man to a free quality public education. GCE campaigns throughout the year mobilizing pressure from all sectors and holding governments and international institutions to account. Some of the activities that GCE sponsors are: Global Action Week, year round campaigning and global advocacy.
Mobility International USA
The mission of Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. MIUSA works in four main areas to provide international programs and services including: the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, International Development and Disability, MIUSA International Exchange Programs and Women, Disability and Development.
Inclusion Europe is supported by the European Commission and serves as a resource for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Europe. The organization works in 3 areas: exchange of information, support for members and influencing policy. Visit their website to find out more about their events, publications and online resources available in 23 languages.
Inclusion International (II)
Inclusion International is a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families worldwide. The contents of the site are available in English, Spanish, and French. II and its members focus on the rights of people with disabilities and their families, inclusive education, poverty reduction, self-advocacy, and much more.
Enabling Education Network (EENET) is a UK-based, information-sharing network on the issue of inclusive education. The network is open to the international community. The purpose of the network is to share information and encourage conversations and debates about inclusion and rights in education. EENET is committed to prioritizing the needs of countries, organizations, and individuals who have limited access to basic information and resources.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Inclusion.com comprises the Inclusion Press, the Inclusion Network, and the Marsha Forest Centre. Inclusion.com creates resource materials for training events, public schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, human service agencies, health organizations, government agencies, families, and First Nations organizations—nationally and internationally.
International Disability Alliance
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) represents more than 600 million people with disabilities worldwide. The alliance comprises the following eight international organizations of and for people with disabilities: Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, World Blind Union, Disabled Peoples’ International, Rehabilitation International, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the Deafblind, World Network of Users, and Survivors of Psychiatry. The alliance acts as a spokesperson for the international disability movement in global policy matters and of facilitating cooperation and exchanges of information between the international disability organizations.
Open Society Institute
The purpose of the Open Society Institute (OSI) is to shape public policy to promote democratic governance; human rights; and economic, legal, and social reform. The mission of OSI’s Education Support Program is to promote justice in education, aiming to strengthen advocacy, innovation, and activism. OSI believes that the way a society organizes its resources to provide a quality education, particularly for vulnerable children, is a fundamental marker for democracy and an open society.
The World Bank
The World Bank’s strategic thrust is to help countries integrate education into national economic strategies and develop holistic education systems responsive to national socio-economic needs. They are a partner in the Education for All international movement. This website includes a key publication, “Inclusive Education: Achieving EFA by Including Those With Disabilities and Special Education Needs.”