Special education and mainstream students both benefit from being in a classroom together. After all, work and life are not segregated by intelligence or ability. Inclusive classroom practice is not about placement. It is about making sure that children are taught in ways that suit their needs.
The old African adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” still rings true in Inclusive Education today. Additionally, it takes education to raise the village! As teachers, we aim to be the catalysts that transform not only the lives of our students, but the lives of families and communities.
This Nigerian proverb conveys the African worldview that emphasises the values of family relationships, parental care, extended family/community relationships, self-sacrificing concern for others, sharing, and even hospitality. This is very close to the Biblical worldview as seen in scripture texts related to unity and cooperation (Ecclesiastes 4: 9,12)
- Inclusion is about the child’s right to participate and the school’s duty to accept the child.
- Inclusion is about all of us.
- Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community.
- Inclusion is about abilities, not just disabilities.
- Inclusion means change!
Everyone has an essential role to play in the healthy growth and development of our students. None of us can stand alone – we are all dependent on each other. We only thrive when we’re connected to others in some way. A community can do wonders and bring about change.
Teachers are not there just to educate children. They are catalysts of change meant to inspire, to build tomorrow’s leaders today and to cause an effect.