When inclusive education and social entrepreneurship usher in a new era

Inclusive education is a brilliant way to educate students with special educational needs and cognitive challenges alongside their classmates in the same classroom. It aims to meet the educational needs of all students, with particular emphasis on those who are at risk of neglect.

It encompasses all students, with or without disabilities, ready to harmonize with each other in shared preschool, school and community educational environments, as well as having access to an incredible system of support programs.

This is only achievable in a comprehensive education sector that takes into account the demands of a wide range of people and changes to meet these goals.

HISTORY OF INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

At the “World Conference on Education for Special Needs: Access and Quality” (Salamanca, Spain, 1994), the concept of inclusive education was established, and it was reaffirmed at the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal, 2000). The United Nations Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, affirming involvement and equity, further support the concept of engagement.

Recently, an agreement between Indian thinkers and educators has come in favor of inclusive classrooms in mainstream institutions.

The 1986 NEP recommended inclusive education as “the goal of integrating the disabled into the general community at all levels as equal partners to prepare them for normal growth and enable them to face life with courage and confidence”.

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AT MREI

Inclusive education has indeed been fully implemented in the education system, allowing children with special needs to adapt easily to normal education.

At MREI, inclusive education intends to include a multimodal technique of teaching and assessment, merging students into mainstream teaching through instrumental understanding, identifying improvements in classroom teaching, and therefore, more specifically , cultivating the child’s self-esteem and personal characteristics.

Teachers frequently categorize students, although naming is not only bad for inclusiveness, but also for character building. In the case of a child requiring special care, a feeling of incompetence has a negative influence. It is necessary to employ well-trained instructors for the reduction of these problems.

IMPACT OF INCLUSIVENESS

Inclusive education is key to shaping the future of the nation and ensuring that children with special needs are also able to leave their mark on the world. The goal of education reform is achieved through such inclusive education. It dismantles barriers and dispels apprehensions. When concerns and restrictions are eliminated, the importance of education is high. The country is progressing in several disciplines and fields.

In this, teachers have a central role. As they are properly equipped with knowledge and skills, it is the obligation of an educator to provide a supportive educational environment. Creating an effective learning atmosphere is the best way to make everyone feel engaged.

CONCLUSION

To summarize the above, inclusive education promotes the acceptance of all students in an educational institution, regardless of the obstacles or difficulties they face. A program that caters to a specific age group of students should offer equal opportunities to all children, regardless of their shortcomings or limitations.

The National Education Policy (NEP) addresses issues of inclusion, with the 2020 NEP moving away from conventional sites of exclusion and expanding Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Group (SEDG) classifications to include vital individuals and intersectional segments such as children with disabilities, social migrant groups, transgender people, tribal students, etc.

Practical, forward-thinking reforms will always be needed to establish a society in which children with disabilities are loved and allowed to develop and thrive in the same way as any other young person. All in all, inclusive education is very healthy and profitable for human evolution, which guarantees special children a bright future.

With such an inclusive education agenda, the promotion of social entrepreneurship will become the defining differentiator for providing post-school opportunities, and this needs to be managed collaboratively by government and the education sector as a whole.

Let’s embrace inclusivity as the new normal!

Article by: Dr Amit Bhalla, Vice President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions

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