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March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Uzbekistan

Joint project with UNICEF yields positive results for inclusive education in Uzbekistan

By Gulya Saidova

Students learn about disability and acceptance through the application of SO Get Into It.

“Education without Restrictions,” a year-long pilot project of the Ministry of Public Education, UNICEF and Special Olympics Uzbekistan was concluded in January 2014 with the final report completed in February 2014. The project, which focused on the application of SO Get Into It, aimed to increase public awareness about the needs of children with disabilities and to foster positive attitudes about inclusive education in Uzbekistan. Ten mainstream and five special schools in five cities organized information sessions and inclusive activities for 1030 children with and without disabilities, 170 teachers and local authorities, and 158 parents. Project surveys indicated that 59% of respondents were ready to support the inclusive education development in Uzbekistan. The project highlighted the need for ongoing awareness building, the value of SO Get Into It as tool to foster inclusion, the need for a structured approach to inclusion, and more inclusive activities for school-age children.

About Gulya Saidova: Gulya Saidova is National Director of Special Olympics Uzbekistan.

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