Dumaguete to host 3-day convention on inclusive education

By Roi Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – This city will host a three-day convention on inclusive education for student teachers in the province starting December 3.

The convention, dubbed as “Spectrum: Special and Inclusive Education Student and Teachers’ Convention” is organized by the Movement of the Youth for Inclusive Development through Education in ASEAN (MY IDEA).

The event aims to gather 35 student teachers from ten teacher education institutions in Negros Oriental.

According to MY IDEA co-founder Rolando Villamero Jr., the event aims to deepen the understanding of student teachers on inclusive education and make them advocates of this.

Inclusive education is a process based on the philosophy that all children regardless of their disability, gender, age, faith, ethnicity, and language have the fundamental right to go to school and learn with their peers, he explained.

Meanwhile, SPECTRUM convener Kathleen Dawn Ricardo said the event is envisioned to develop the skills of student teachers and provide tools which will help them become effective advocates of inclusive education.

One major output of the convention is the call to action which will underscore the need to include at least two special education subjects or courses in all teacher education institutions in the country.

This will ensure that student teachers have the necessary skills in educating children with disabilities in inclusive setting.

“The reason why we are investing in our student teachers because we believe in the dynamism and commitment of young people to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities,” says another MY IDEA co-founder Eduard Joseph Narciso.

MY IDEA is a youth-led and youth run initiative whose goal is to mobilize student teachers in Negros Oriental to become advocates of inclusive education.

This initiative is supported by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and U.S. Department of State.

On the other hand, the start of the convention coincides with the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Villamero added. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Rolando Villamero Jr./This article was first published at PIA Website on Nov. 5, 2015)

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