70 Еxperts from 9 Countries Unite in Bulgaria to Discuss Good Practices on Inclusive Education

26 June 2017
Centre for Inclusive Education in partnership with DISES organizes from June 25 to June 30, 2017 International Round Table “Including All Children in a Changing World”.

International Round Table “Including All Children in a Changing World” is held in Bulgaria from yesterday to June 30, 2017. It is organized by Centre for Inclusive Education jointly with DISES (Division of International Special Education and Services). The forum unites 70 experts from 9 countries on 5 continents.

The event was opened with a special ceremony at which were announced the this year winners of DISES Teacher Award and DISES Distinguished Leadership Award.

The Distinguished Leadership Award, recognizing a professional who has demonstrated distinguished international leadership for his or her contribution to the field of special education, was given to David Rodrigues, professor in Special Education.

The Teacher Award recognizes a preschool and school teacher who currently provides direct services to children and students with disabilities, and/or is working with the host country or region of the DISES-CEC international conference. His or her work should reflect significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality.

The International jury selected  Teacher Award to be given to the Bulgarian Evgenia Dimitrova-Mineva, senior teacher in private kindergarten Kamelini Montessori for her longstanding contribution to the introduction of working inclusive practices.

“This international event enables inclusive education experts from all over the world to meet at one place, to exchange good practices and new ideas. Inclusion is a philosophy and understanding that the difference is a value. Respect, tolerance, empathy are fundamental values ​​that are the basis for our society to be united and inclusive.”, Iva Boneva, Executive Director of Centre for Inclusive Education  and member of DISES Board of Directors said.

During the next five days, event’s participants will discuss different subjects related to inclusive education comprising inclusive classroom practices, advocacy, effective leadership for innovative and inclusive strategies, family partnership, teachers’ partnership practices etc.

The representatives of Centre for Inclusive Education Iva Boneva, Dimitar Lazarov, Programmes Director and Desislava Koleva-Stanislowsky, Training and Development Specialist will talk about the Bulgarian experience on the way to inclusive education and will present the First Bulgarian Model for organisation of school processes to build inclusive school environments, created especially for the Bulgarian environment in partnership with five schools from the country and the Faculty of Education at University of Washington, Seattle within the One School for All Programme.
The forum’s guests will spend on June 29, 2017, Thursday, one active day in Georgi Benkovsy Secondary School, Teteven, where they will participate in thematic workshops in 4 fields: Creative Arts and Early Childhood; Practices and Strategies for Grades K-7; Practices and Strategies for Grades 6-12 and Behavioural Supports.

One School for All

One School for All is our most encompassing and wide-reaching cause, our raison d’etre. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive introduction and application of the principles of inclusive education.

Inclusive education is a process of changing the school environment based on respect and acceptance of other people. It implies wise management of school processes in a way which makes children feel supported to develop their capacity and to overcome hardships; which makes teachers feel encouraged and confident that they are able to cope with the growing challenges, while parents are able to assume their responsibility and role in partnership with schools.