Book launch: Quality Indicators for Inclusive Education
28 August 2018
Quality and inclusive education, including for children with disabilities, is a major priority for the United Nations. Keeping this as the nucleus of their research, Mr. Satish Kapoor and Professor N.K. Jangira have authored a book called Quality Indicators for Inclusive Education to serve as a guide for creating comprehensive and inclusive school systems. These quality indicators are a set of practices that have been documented in this book through research and school based experiences by professionals in this field to promote the creation of inclusive learning environments where all students can flourish and be successful. According to the authors, quality education is not just related to issues of access, resources and infrastructure but also to the way a curriculum is developed and the availability of assistive devices for its communication.
The book was launched on 28 August, 2018 at the UNESCO auditorium in the presence of school principals and educationalists who contributed as researchers for the book. Mr. Satish Kapoor, co-author and Founder/Director of Brotherhood, elucidated that the book will help educators identify progressive educational plans for inclusive education. The book was jointly launched by Mr. Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative, India, Mrs. Stuti Kacker, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Mr. Derk Segaar, Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Mr. T.D. Dhariyal, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of NCT of Delhi, Professor Sandhya Limaye, Associate Professor, Centre for Disability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Professor N.K. Jangira. In his address, UNIC Director Derk Segaar spoke about education as the pivot of a progressive and inclusive community. “Education is at the heart of everything that we do at the UN. It is a human right and the foundation for a more just society. One of the reasons why I’m passionate about this publication is because it focuses on inclusive education, meaning schools should accommodate all children regardless of their physical, social, intellectual, linguistic and other disabilities,” he said.
The Quality Indicator guide for Inclusive Education aims to demystify inclusive education and provide a tool kit for self-assessment of school faculties. Its pages are replete with inputs obtained from experts on inclusive education and rehabilitation professionals who wish to train educators to become “teachers for all”.