International Conference - 15 Years after Salamanca: Inclusion - A School for All

(06 Aug 2009)

Organised by EASPD’s Standing Committee on Education in Brussels with support from the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies in Ireland, European Commission, Directorate General for Education Training, Culture and Youth, the Council of Europe, and other important stakeholders. 

The Salamanca Statement was developed 15 years ago. This statement is the outcome of the UNESCO Conference on Education for Persons with Disabilities in 1994 and is an important manifesto for inclusion as a way of achieving high quality education for all.  After all these years, much has been achieved to move the educational policy and practice in a more inclusive direction. Nevertheless, we have a long way to go before reaching a society where equal opportunities are guaranteed for all. High quality education is not yet accessible for everyone. The conference will, therefore, explore ways to improve inclusion.

The Conference aims to:

  • Create a new European Network of all those committed to inclusive education, providing examples of good practice.
  • Offer guidance and active help to all parties interested in transforming mainstream schools into schools for all.
  • Agree on a Dublin Statement and Action Plan.

Details of the conference are available. 

For further information please contact Mary Barrett, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies.

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