At all times, we endeavour to highlight and promote the principles of equal opportunities in terms of genuine access to learning experiences that respect individual differences and "Quality Education for All" focused upon personal strengths rather than weaknesses.
In all aspects of our work, we take into consideration key international statements on special needs education. These are considered a major focal point for our work - a keystone in our conceptual framework and crucial to the establishment of our knowledge base.
The main international documents and statements guiding our work are:
- The Salamanca Statement
- The UNESCO Dakar Framework for Action Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments
- The Charter of Luxembourg
- The Madrid Declaration
- The United Nations Standard Rules
The United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities (2006) is a major international directive that informs our work. A full description of the convention can be found at the United Nations Enable website. A list of countries who are signatories to the convention and who have ratified the convention and/or the optional protocol can be found at http://www.un.org/disabilities/.
The Agency's goals and mission are in clear alignment with the work of UNESCO towards ensuring Education for All. Inclusive Education is viewed as a key strategy in ensuring education for all children. This is reinforced in the 2010 Global Monitoring report.
The Conclusions from the Council meeting of the Ministers of Education on the Social Dimension of Education and Training of May 2010 provides a key political reference document for future work at the European level. The majority of the considerations and invitations for member states to consider action directly relate to the promotion of opportunities for quality education for all within all sectors and levels of education.
The Council of Ministers' Conclusions draw upon the conclusions of the conference on 'Inclusive Education: a way to promote social cohesion' held in Madrid on 11-12 March 2010.