Inclusion of Special Education Needs across the Education Spectrum
Inclusive education policy of Ministry of Education outlines that Special Educational Needs (SEN) is an integral component of the education system. In order to provide equal opportunities for all the children, a SEN class has been established in each atoll. SEN is a new area for many teachers and lacks the pedagogical dimensions needed for inclusivity of children. SEN teachers are not experienced and have very limited knowledge on the subject area.
The recently concluded International Teachers Conference in Male’, highlighted the critical need to address diversity in children and provided a platform to share good practices among teachers participating in the conference. The three-day conference theme “Rethinking Social Transformation and Harmony” held from 8-10 September with over 100 participants, devoted one day for discussions on inclusive education. UNICEF supported this dialogue through technical expertise where success stories were shared amongst participants and awareness raised on the importance of SEN inclusivity across the education spectrum.
The dialogue further supported teachers to refresh their knowledge and pedagogical practices, share practical knowledge, and discuss successful educational and pedagogical approaches including solving of problems. The conference also provided the opportunity to exhibit work done by the SEN Units to participants.