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The Inclusive Education in Action (IEA) Project

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Background information

The IEA project aims to show how people all over the world are working to strengthen the focus on inclusion in education which is recognised as a basic human right and the foundation for a more just and equal society. 

The IEA project aims to bridge the ‘policy to practice’ gap. It shows some of the actions taken by people in a whole range of settings and situations to address the policy concerns and policy questions in the UNESCO Guidelines. We recognise that it is not always possible to ‘transfer’ policy and practice between situations and settings which are very different – in terms of political, economic, social and cultural backgrounds. However, the IEA project will support policymakers by providing some interesting and inspirational examples that will be a stimulus for ideas and discussion.

Project outputs

The main project output is the IEA website. Here, you will find examples of policies, accounts of practice, stories, videos and more. All of these materials exemplify the suggested actions in the UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Inclusion in Education. The examples were gathered through the Agency networks and UNESCO networks and were selected using criteria agreed by the project team as an ‘aid to judgment’. More information about the project Framework and Rationale can be found at: 

The website and examples are currently in English only but some supporting materials are available in other languages. People considering submitting examples are able to access guidance and the agreed criteria which have been written up as a template. This is available here: 

Further examples are always welcome!

The IEA project has also produced a number of print and electronic materials including:

The IEA project is continuing subject to further funding and, in future, plans to translate the website and materials into the six official UNESCO languages (English plus French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian initially), to extend the geographical coverage of the examples and include more of the suggested actions from the UNESCO Guidelines.

During the pilot phase - 2009 to 2010 - the IEA project was supported by a European Community Grant from the Lifelong Learning, Comenius Accompanying Measures programme (project number 502868-LLP-1-2009-1-DK-COMENIUS-CAM. The information in this project web area reflects the views of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 During 2011, the IEA project has been financially supported by a grant from the UNESCO Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning, Section for Basic Education.  

The specific input of UNESCO International Bureau of Education to the development and implementation of the IEA project is gratefully acknowledged.

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