Some countries are already diverse in many ways and will become even more diverse. Education systems of respective European countries were not designed for the current population. In superdiverse cities like Paris, The Hague and Brussels there is no majority anymore. These are so-called majority minority cities (Crul 2013). The population in these cities consist of all minority groups. The previous majority also became a quantitative minority. Quantitative diversity is not a guarantee for equal opportunities in education and at the labour market. This quantitative development in combination with growing societal tensions ask for more deliberate action on one hand and a vision on inclusion on the other hand. The declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education, which is the result of an informal meeting of European Union education ministers in Paris, Tuesday March 17 2015, needs to be implemented successfully.
But policy only is not sufficient. There is a greater need for evidence-based practices from countries and institutions that have been successful in similar developments on one hand and made a sustainable impact on the other hand. There is no need to invent new wheels. There is a great need though to successfully implement tested models of inclusive practices within schools and learning communities, with the aim to achieve impact on an individual, institutional and systematic level. Inclusive pedagogies and methodologies to support reflection processes and teaching and learning are one of the conditions to make a difference for all students in their educational pathway to success as well as their personal journey as responsible citizen in Europe.
Approach to Promoting Inclusion
The activities in the project are declined in 6 different pathways:
- DETECT: To understand the landscape of inclusion, we are collecting 70 cases of initiatives which are enhancing access to, participation in and completion of education up to Higher Education, for learners from disadvantaged groups. Learn more
- ANALYSE: We will create a typology of approaches to inclusion, to answer questions such as: What policy elements allow interventions to thrive? What organizational policies lead to success? Which methodologies have the highest effectiveness and efficiency? Learn more
- EXCHANGE: We are creating a learning community which will consist of a magazine-style blog allow you to tell your own stories, a social network, a resource database and a series of webinars to highlight cases of best practice. Learn more
- IMPACT: We are creating a scoring matrix for inclusion strategies, which will allow schools to evaluate the scope, comprehensiveness, and effectiveness of their inclusion strategies and make changes accordingly. Learn more
- MULTIPLY: We will transfer the lessons learned on inclusive practices in schools to teachers, through the creation of a freely available online course which will train teachers on how to use their school’s inclusion strategies as starting points to improve inclusive practices in the classroom. Learn more
- INSPIRE: Our outreach programme will inform the general public about successful interventions for inclusion, while reaching out to academics and experts in the field, for the purpose of promoting our work, and have them adopt it and take it further. Learn more
Professor Inclusive Education
Aminata Cairo, PhD
Aminata Cairo was born and raised in the Netherlands but pursued her entire academic career in the United States. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in physical education and psychology, a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in medical anthropology. She has dedicated her academic work to community engagement and giving voice to overlooked, silenced, or otherwise marginalized populations, while including students in that process. She worked as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Upon return to the Netherlands she has worked in diversity and inclusion policy at Leiden University.+31 (0)70 - 445 76 01
Edward van Os
Edward van Os is an affiliate member of the lectorate and works on Multinclude, an Erasmus plus international collaborative research project that aims at collecting best practices in inclusive education and explores the possibilities of learning communities to share that knowledge. Edward has come to us from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.email@example.com