Foundations of disability-inclusive education sector planning

28 September 2020 to 27 November 2020
Application deadline: 
10 July 2020
Invitation only
USD 550


This online course aims to provide professionals with the foundations of disability-inclusive education sector planning (ESP). It will focus on the knowledge and skills that participants will need in order to take an active role in mainstreaming disability into education sector plans. 

The course will be particularly useful for participants from countries intending to move towards a more inclusive education system. It will provide them with a foundation in educational planning for disability-inclusive education, and will deepen their understanding of regional, national, and local strategies, so they can make better-informed decisions concerning reforms of their national systems.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  •     define key concepts, principles, and benefits related to inclusion in education systems;
  •     examine strengths and weaknesses of the education system using an inclusion lens;
  •     propose strategies to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities in the education sector in their country;
  •     assess their own role and contributions to making the education system more inclusive.

Participants' profile

The primary target audience is Ministry of Education staff dealing with issue related to inclusive education and whose work areas cover issues of equity and inclusion in regards to children with disabilities. Teams of 4-6 participants from different departments will be formed ranging from special needs/disability/inclusive education to departments of planning, data and statistics, teacher training and curriculum.

Please note that candidates must meet the following requirements:

  •     a minimum of 3 years’ work experience with policies and strategies addressing marginalized populations;
  •     proficiency in English (reading and writing);
  •     good computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Word;
  •     reliable access to the Internet.

The participation of female professionals and people with disabilities is highly encouraged.


IIEP will send out invitation letters to Ministries of Education. The Ministries will select participants who will work in their teams (4-6 members) during the entire duration of the course.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 10 July 2020.

Participating teams will be informed of their selection three weeks after they have submitted their application.