Celebrating Inclusion in Education – the 30th anniversary of the Salamanca Statement

The Agency is participating in a global event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Salamanca Statement, which defined the fundamental principle of inclusive education:

… all children should learn together, wherever possible, regardless of any difficulties or differences they may have. Inclusive schools must recognize and respond to the diverse needs of their students.


While progress has been made in the last 30 years, significant barriers remain for many learners around the world. The anniversary event will be an opportunity to reflect on both progress and barriers, encouraging discussion on how countries are promoting inclusion in their educational policy.

A high-level policy dialogue event, entitled ‘Every learner matters and matters equally’, will take place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 13 March. During the event, two panel discussions will bring together education ministry representatives and experts, including from the Agency. The discussion topics will be on the progress and challenges of the last 30 years, and using inclusion to ensure a better future in a fast-evolving world.

The event page on the UNESCO website contains more information, including a concept note and details of how to register to attend the event or watch the panel discussions online.

In addition, a Global Inclusive Schools’ Forum will be held on 14 and 15 March. The ‘Inclusion in education – Moving from policy to practice’ forum will give attendees a further chance to share experiences through plenary and hands-on learning sessions. Topics include supporting teachers, inclusive learning environments, inclusive technologies and digital education, and the transition from schools to the world of work. The forum will also include an exhibition of inclusive practices from schools and institutions around the world.

The forum web page provides registration information and links to watch the plenary sessions online.

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