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Vanuatu’s Disability Inclusive Education Policy draft has been finalised.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in a statement yesterday. The policy aims to ensure all children with a disability across Vanuatu have equal access to education.

The MoET acknowledged the collaborative efforts among a range of its key stakeholders to develop this policy, stating a dedicated cohort of stakeholders convened a workshop to review, and update the MoET Disability Inclusive Education Policy from 29 January to February 2, 2024.

The stakeholders included the MoET inclusive education team, the disability desk officer from the Ministry of Justice and Community Services, provincial education officers, provincial inclusive education coordinators, representative from the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability, School of Education, and development partners such as UNICEF, Vanuatu Education Support Program, Vanuatu Skills Partnership, Global Partnership for Education, New Zealand High Commission in Vanuatu, and the Disability Focal Point of the Australian High Commission in Vanuatu, convened to review and update the MoET Disability Inclusive Education Policy.

Key discussions involved the Pacific Regional Inclusive Education Review findings, enabling participants to define priority actions crucial for advancing inclusive education in Vanuatu.

One of the significant achievements was the successful completion of the last consultation, culminating in the finalisation of the draft Inclusive Education Policy.

“Education is the cornerstone of a thriving society, and inclusivity lies at the heart of our commitment,” said MoET Director of Education Services, Mrs. Nanise Lapi.

“This workshop reflects our dedication to crafting a comprehensive Disability Inclusive Education Policy that will not only guide our educators but ensure that every child in Vanuatu has equal access to quality education. The collaborative efforts of all participants and our valued development partners are pushing us towards a future where no child is left behind.”

The Disability Inclusive Education Policy will guide and support various stakeholders, including school principals, teachers, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), school communities, and children with disabilities, fostering an environment that ensures access to education for all in Vanuatu.

The MoET, in collaboration with communities, schools, and development partners, reaffirms its commitment to delivering the commitments on the Vanuatu National Sustainable Development Plan 2016 to 2030, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This commitment emphasises the collective effort to continually improve access, quality, and management within Vanuatu’s education system.

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SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST