The Importance Of Inclusive Education

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Inclusive education has increasingly become a focus of debate in discussions about the development of educational policy and practice around the world (Farrell and Ainscow, 2002).Education is the foundation step to success and teachers make a long lasting impact in students’ life. As education is the most powerful weapon, everyone needs to get the opportunities to be educated in order to have a successful life. “Inclusion and participation are essential to human dignity and to the enjoyment and exercise of human rights” (Salamanca Framework for Action, 1994). Recent decades have seen increasing emphasis placed on rights and inclusion in relation to disability. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (1989), for example, states that every child has the right to education, irrespective of disability and without discrimination of any kind. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) (2006) emphasises the rights of persons with disabilities to access lifelong learning without discrimination and on an equal basis with others, through reasonable accommodation of their disabilities (Minou 2011), and not to be excluded from the mainstream of education due to their disability.
In Maldives, a variety of new strategies are being introduced recently, and one of these initiatives is to ensure education for all children, including children with special needs in mainstream schools. Inclusive education is commonly associated

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