In Egypt the right to education is guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution, yet not more than 2% of children with disabilities were enrolled in schools, (CAPMAS, 2006). At present, Egypt is going through a major political transition. It will need to manage that transition in ways that bring about greater cohesion in the Egyptian society and greater capacity to build a more competitive and sustainable economy. Effective education is the key to both these challenges. Therefore, there is a concern about the standards attained by students and the type of learning that all children and young people are engaged in, as educational reforms are planned and put in place as part of a strategy to move into the knowledge economy. Students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages are no exception, and programs are being developed to assist these students to improve their skills and to be included more fully into society and work.
Inclusive Education is the logical answer to implementing the rights of all Egyptian students, and is a strategy to reform the education systems for all students. It is a process with many preparations that requires taking necessary steps to ensure that every student is given an equal opportunity to develop and learn, to be recognized and valued for his/her uniqueness, and encouraged and enabled to discover his/her own strengths and motivated to develop to the utmost potential. Therefore, Inclusive Education works to minimize and remove barriers to access, participation and learning for all students. Through promoting Inclusive Education and diversity in learning settings, all students benefit from the variety of teaching & learning styles.
The ADVANCE Society and the Learning Resource Center (LRC) have held educational conferences for the last sixteen years. The Conferences were entitled:
- Building School Success – 2001
- Interventions That Work – 2002
- Merging Efforts – 2003
- Circle of Inclusion – 2004
- Embracing Diversity – 2005
- Learning to Learn – 2006
- Making a Difference – 2007
- Building Bridges – 2008
- Roadmap to Positive Behavior – 2009
- Learning Difficulties – 2010
- Promoting Diversity in Education - 2011
- Inclusive Education: Ways & Means – 2012
- Building Learning Communities - 2014Professional Development Annual Conference