Inclusive Education

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The central purpose of education is to ensure that all learners gain access to information, knowledge and skills that will prepare them to contribute to communities’ development and workplaces. Inclusive education was not the norm in our schools (Salami, 2013). Many years ago, special classes were created for students with special needs. Special educators felt that if they would just teach the students separately in smaller groups, they could help them to catch up. However, the truth is that students in segregated special education classes have fallen further and further behind. Over time, it has become apparent that inclusive education is a better way to help all students succeed. Inclusive education is the most current system of providing…show more content…
Inclusive in other words implies that a child should be unconditionally mainstreamed into the regular educational system without regard to nature and severity of his/her disability. From the above definitions so far, what we arrived at is that inclusive education represents a process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities and of reducing exclusion within education.
Goals of Inclusive Education
Ozoji (2005) has identified the goals of inclusive education as follows:
i. To provide education for children with diverse learning needs within their structured environment. ii. To make special needs children active members of the school community and then to help them achieve social competence and to achieve quality educational outcomes. iii. To build a supportive school community that is able to identify and minimize barriers to participation and
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No government can realistically expect to switch overnight from special or integrated approaches to education to inclusive education. ‘Twin track’ approaches may be adopted, meaning that special or integrated initiatives and inclusive schools sit side-by-side as governments work towards the proper inclusion of all children within mainstream education systems over time. Ideally these twin approaches will inform one another, with learning gained from each informing the development of future strategies, rather than being parallel processes without links between them (Myer and Bagree,

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