What about inclusive education?

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What about inclusive education?

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If the topic of digitalization is implemented as slowly in schools as the topic of inclusion, there is still a long way to go. In the current discussion on education policy, in view of the urgency associated with homeschooling, some educational policy issues are completely sidelined. One topic that has been on the education policy agenda in Germany since 2009 is the topic of inclusive education. Since March 2009, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has also been legally binding on Germany. Much has not changed in this area over the past eleven years. As a general report by the German Unesco Commission states as early as 2019, the majority of children and young people with special educational needs are still learning to separate them instead of attending classes in general schools. The 2030 Education Agenda has clearly set a goal that is binding on the world community: inclusive, accessible and high-quality education, as well as opportunities for lifelong learning for all people. This makes it all the more important to remember, on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December, that we must work towards this goal. In Munich, by the way, the Kleine Private Lehrinstitut Derksen has been implementing the topic of inclusive education for decades – largely unnoticed by the general public, but very purposeful and successful. The school shows how inclusive education can be achieved if a not inconsiderable proportion of the students bring a handicap. If you would like to find out more about the state of inclusive education in Germany, you can do so on the pages of the German Unesco Commission.

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