- The Salamanca Statement
Its principal purpose is to facilitate access to education for
the persons with special needs still unreached. The Statement proclaims
that "every child has a fundamental right to education, and
must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable
level of learning". "Those with special educational
needs must have access to regular schools which should accommodate
them to within a child-centred pedagogy capable of meeting these needs".
The Statement "urges all governments to adopt as a matter of
law or policy the principle of inclusive education, enrolling
all children in regular schools".
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its
Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations
Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March
2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories
to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This
is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention
on its opening day. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty
of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be
open for signature by regional integration organizations.
Agency for Development in Special Needs Education
The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education is an independent
and self-governing organisation, established by our member countries
to act as their platform for collaboration in the field of special
- Enabling Education Network
EENET is committed to prioritising the needs of countries/organisations/individuals
who have limited access to basic information and resources. It recognises
that education is much broader than schooling. EENET is contributing
to the development of inclusive and sustainable education policy and
practice by sharing relevant information and expericence.