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1 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20081 Preparation of the 48 th session of the International Conference on Education (ICE) Inclusive Education: The Way of the Future Geneva, 25–28 November 2008 Clementina Acedo, Director UNESCO-IBE UNESCO, Paris, 27 June 2008 (Salle XI)

2 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20082 General information about the 48 th ICE ICE organized by the IBE since 1934 Major international forum for policy dialogue: Ministers of Education and other stakeholders Inclusive Education: The Way of the Future Geneva, 25-28 November 2008 Around 1,400 participants expected

3 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20083 Expected Outcomes Political awareness and a shared understanding of the broadened concept of inclusive education Implications of this understanding of Inclusive Education on a refined vision of EFA Adoption of an evidence-based policy agenda

4 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20084 Structure of the 48 th session of the ICE Opening Ceremony Introductory debate “From inclusive education to inclusive society.” Chaired by the DG. Keynote speakers: Vice-President of Ecuador; Minister of Education of South Africa Research findings and policy challenges for inclusive education. Chaired by ADG/ED, Panelists: Dir GMR, OECD’s PISA Coordinator Workshops on the four sub-themes of the Conference (12 sessions). 2 Ministers, 1 Expert, 1 Moderator, 1 Rapporteur Final Debate. Chaired by ADG/ED. Proposals for action: An international policy agenda for inclusive education

5 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20085 Structure of the 48 th session of the ICE Four thematic workshops: Inclusive Education: Approaches, Scope and Content Inclusive Education: Public Policies Inclusive Education: Systems, Links and Transitions Inclusive Education: Learners and Teachers

6 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20086 Roundtable Roundtable of Ministers of Education Broadcasted debate to transmit key messages of the ICE to a wider audience Discussion of policy gaps and tangible solutions Moderated by Tim Sebastian (BBC) Three Ministers of Education and three young people (representing groups vulnerable to exclusion) Comments by selected experts and policy leaders

7 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20087 Consultation and regional preparatory meetings 10 regional preparatory workshops (IBE/COP-UNESCO Offices) East and South-East Europe in Romania East and West Africa in Kenya Gulf Arab States in United Arab Emirates Latin America (South and Andean) in Argentina Sub-Saharan Africa in Rwanda Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Belarus East Asia in China Caribbean in Jamaica Nordic countries in Finland Arab States in Lebanon (planned for August)

8 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20088 Consultation and regional preparatory meetings 3 regional preparatory conferences Europe and North America in Latvia (February 08) Asia and Pacific in Indonesia (May 08) Africa in Cameroon (17-18 September 08)  784 participants (policymakers, experts, UN officials and representatives of civil society)  111 countries

9 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 20089 Some outcomes from regional preparatory meetings Several approaches to inclusive education common to all regions (special needs education, integration, social inclusion) Social awareness and advocacy of inclusive education tightly connected to issues of social exclusion and tolerance National experiences and policy challenges shared inter- regionally and intra-regionally Expertise within and across regions mobilized to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation Opportunities for partnerships with regional and international organizations Road maps and conference conclusions developed or adopted Commitment from policymakers to participate in the ICE

10 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200810 Speakers and participants 26 Ministers of Education contacted, 22 confirmed Over 100 people (ministers, experts, UN and UNESCO officials, NGOs) in active roles; most confirmed

11 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200811 Preparation of the Conference documents DG invitation letter sent along with provisional agenda and general presentation of the Conference Reference Document under preparation (ready for translation by end of July) Requests and guidelines for National Reports on the development of education issued Policy Guidelines for Inclusion being revised by UNESCO Discussion papers for 4 workshop subthemes are being drafted by Rosa Blanco Guijarro (UNESCO/Santiago), Ines Aguerrondo (IIEP), Adama Ouane (UIL) and Sheldon Shaeffer (UNESCO/Bangkok)

12 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200812 Comenius Medal Award established in 1992 by the Czech Ministry of Education and UNESCO in commemoration of the 400 th anniversary of birth of Jan Amos Comenius Outstanding achievements and innovations in the field of education 94 candidatures received Jury will meet on 15 of July to recommend 10 laureates representing the five geographical regions Ceremony on 26 November 2008 chaired by DG

13 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200813 Exhibitions Exhibition on practices of inclusion Effective practices of inclusive education Involving UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector Includes fundraising component Exhibition on J.A. Comenius, in coordination with the J.A. Comenius Museum of Prague Messages from Ministers addressing the Conference theme UNESCO Publications (HQ, Institutes)

14 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200814 Possible side events Human Rights and Education UNICEF Education in Emergencies Revised UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Inclusion Synergies with other UNESCO Conferences (ESD, CONFINTEA IV, WCHE) Outcomes of ICE regional preparatory workshops and conferences

15 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200815 Communication and advocacy activities Conference poster designed and created Videos to be shown at opening session and workshops New IBE Website by mid-July, including the 48 th ICE website Special issue of “Prospects” devoted to inclusive education in English, French and Spanish

16 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200816 Resource mobilization Voluntary contributions received from Switzerland (100,000 CHF) and Kuwait (100,000 CHF) “Saudi Fund for Arabic Language in UNESCO” offers simultaneous Arabic interpretation for workshops Benin, Brazil, Canada, India and Spain contacted and have given initial positive response UNICEF Private sector sponsorship through exhibit participation  Financial amount still to be secured: US$ 672,000

17 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200817 Budget Overview 2007 2008 TOTAL Resources secured $596,000 $904,007 $1,500,007 Resources to be mobilized $671,993 $671,993 ICE Budget $596,000 $1,576,000 $2,172,000

18 Information Meeting on the 48 th ICE 27 June 200818 We would like your participation and your financial contribution to the ICE to make this important event a shared success Thank you


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