This is a message of a young person expressed in the Young Views on Inclusive Education publication, which provides a clear summary of the benefits of inclusive education for all learners. As one young learner said: ‘Inclusive education is for all children. Normal schools should be near their homes. This experience promotes meeting people from the neighbourhood’. Others added: ‘Students with and without special needs can learn from each other and exchange their knowledge’…‘It is good for us – good for them. It is important to recognise the benefits to everyone in the class’ and ‘Inclusive education helps mainstream children to become more tolerant, with more open minds’.
The Agency’s Five Key Messages for Inclusive Education report includes the important messages received from the young people, along with other findings from Agency projects over the past decade.