Conclusions of the conference 'Inclusive Education: A way to promote social cohesion', Madrid, March 2010

In May 2009, the Council of the European Union, as part of the strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training (ET 2020), set out strategic objectives which stressed the importance of inclusive education in tackling educational disadvantage. The Council noted that education should combat all forms of discrimination and equip all young people to interact positively with their peers from diverse backgrounds.

On 11 and 12 March 2010, the 'Inclusive Education: A way to promote social cohesion' international conference took place in Madrid as an official event of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Some 300 delegates from around 40 countries attended. The conference provided an opportunity to reflect on ways to integrate the principles of quality, efficiency and equity at all levels of education. In particular, it focused on ways to include the most disadvantaged learners and to avoid social exclusion.

The summary flyer presents the main conference outcomes in full.

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