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Armenian Inclusive education program gets globally awarded

The Zero Project has selected “Towards inclusive education in Armenia” as one of the most outstanding innovative policies and practices in inclusive education.

“Towards inclusive education in Armenia” has been developed by Bridge of Hope (BoH), a local NGO in Armenia and a founding member of the Caucasus Network for Children (CNC). It was presented as an exemplary project for having “one of the “most outstanding” innovative policies and practices in inclusive education at the Zero Project Conference that took place on February 10 to 12, 2016 at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria.

 

Bridge of Hope has been the driving force for inclusive education in Armenia for more than a decade. In strategic partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, its program is now being implemented throughout Armenia: students with and without special needs will be instructed together in all schools at all levels.

The Armenian case demonstrates what impressive results can be achieved, when the government works hand in hand with a non-governmental organization. “All stakeholders have a common understanding and feeling of ownership towards what has been achieved”, emphasizes BoH president Susanna Tadevosyan.

 

The Zero Project’s mission is a world with zero barriers. It is a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions overcoming the obstacles that persons with disabilities face, are being shared. Around 500 innovators, decision-makers as well as opinion leaders from more than 70 countries participated at the 2016 conference in Vienna.

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation - an Austrian charitable foundation - and has been operating in partnership with the World Future Council since 2011 and with the European Foundation Centre since 2013.  The Project globally promotes the rights of persons with disabilities, according to the principles and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

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