Foundations of disability inclusive education sector planning

14 October 2019 to 13 December 2019
Application deadline: 
28 June 2019
Invitation only


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 inclusive education 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 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 inclusion in the education sector in their country;
  •     assess their own role and contributions to making the education system more inclusive.

Participants' profile

National teams comprised of five persons will be formed for the duration of the course. They will include decision- makers and managers in charge of external quality assurance (EQA) in national QA agencies or buffer organizations (i.e. Head or deputy head of agency, officers in charge of different QA mechanism, etc). In order to facilitate the exchange on how EQA can best support internal quality assurance (IQA), it is suggested that each team should also include two high-ranking university representatives, such as Vice-rectors for Academic Affairs or persons in charge of quality management structures.

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. This includes participants from departments of special needs or inclusive education, as well as departments of planning, school health, statistics, teacher training, and so on.

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 an invitation letter to Ministries of Education and other concerned institutions. These institutions will select two groups of participants (4–6 members each) who will work together for the entire duration of the course.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 28 June 2019.

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