One School for All
One School for All
is our most encompassing and wide-reaching cause, our raison d’etre. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive introduction and application of the principles of inclusive education.
Inclusive education is a process of changing the school environment based on respect and acceptance of other people. It implies wise management of school processes in a way which makes children feel supported to develop their capacity and to overcome hardships; which makes teachers feel encouraged and confident that they are able to cope with the growing challenges, while parents are able to assume their responsibility and role in partnership with schools.
In every school there are children who need additional support, for a shorter or longer period of time, or permanently, in order to learn effectively. To us, inclusion in education means opportunities for schools to provide quality education to children, irrespective of their educational needs, ethnicity, social-economic status or limitations of the environment they are raised in. Therefore the Centre for Inclusive Education works in partnership with mainstream schools under the One School for All Programme by supporting them in the process of building inclusive school environment.
One School for All Model - school process organisation for building inclusive school environment
Despite the increasing number of inclusive teachers, only few schools are truly aware of inclusive education principles and integrate them in a targeted manner into their own policies and practice. The Centre for Inclusive Education developed a model of creating inclusive school environment in the Bulgarian context, in partnership with five schools.
The model functions in four key school development areas: school management, teaching practice, partnership with parents and child protection. The model is an innovative tool to introduce changes in the environment, which are manifested by increased satisfaction of adults working in it and improved learning and social performance of children.
Professional Community for Inclusive Education
The Centre for Inclusive Education initiated a professional community for inclusive education. This Community is an informal association of people with common interests and shared values. It unites various types of professionals: educators, psychologists, speech therapists, university teachers, resource teachers, and school mediators. They are all involved, directly or indirectly, in mainstream schooling. The Centre for Inclusive Education coordinates and facilitates the Community’s decisions and initiatives.
The work of the Community is focused on changing attitudes, improving the legal framework and school practice in order to achieve better understanding of inclusive education and introduce its principles.
A major document of the Community is its Manifesto laying out its goals and work principles in a summarized manner.
The Community has 40 members. New members are approved by recommendation of a current member and by voting of the General Assembly. The Community members convene three times a year at two-day plenary sessions to share experience and discuss cases from their practice. A forum and a common calendar are also foreseen to allow the Community members to cooperate intensively and table for discussion topical issues related to inclusive education.
The current chairperson of the Community is Mrs. Daniela Nikolova, principal of the youngest Bulgarian school, St. Cyril and Methodius Primary School in Botevgrad.