4 Ways Inclusive Education Can Benefit Your Child
“Inclusion is based on the belief that students of abilities have the right to an education that is meaningful, appropriate and equivalent to that of their peers.” – Nicole Eredics
Education is the key to growth in any nation and it is imperative for all students to have equal access to educational facilities and institutions. In facilitating a school culture that looks beyond physical and mental differences, we would be able to play our part in contributing to a greater society in the future.
What is Inclusive Education?
According to UNESCO, Inclusive education is defined as the “process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners.” This can be done by encouraging participation in cultures, communities and learning within an educational organization. By utilizing inclusive teaching in classrooms, all students would have equal opportunities to succeed and discover their potentials.
Advantages of Inclusive Teaching and Learning
How exactly will inclusive learning help your child?
There are numerous benefits of this teaching approach, we listed 4 of the biggest advantages below.
1. Inclusive Learning Encourages Interactive Learning
An inclusive classroom encourages participation from all students to promote strength through unity and diversity. By facilitating inclusive learning, both disabled and non-disabled students would be able to learn from each other.
Not only will all students acquire key skills and knowledge that will help them in their tertiary education and their careers, but all students will develop important life skills like respect and empathy. No two learners are alike, thus, there are ample opportunities for students to learn from one another.
2. Reduce Stigma in an Inclusive Classroom
Stigma against race, religion, disabilities and financial upbringing can affect a student’s self-esteem and dignity. In fact, it could also affect their worldview. It’s highly tantamount to overcome stigmas in a classroom so that each student feels included, valued and special. Only then, will all students feel empowered and motivated to learn.
In an inclusive classroom, diversity is appreciated on a broader level – this reduces the stigma for students with learning difficulties and attention issues. By overcoming stigmas and letting all students learn and interact with each other, we can help enhance their social awareness.
3. Educators can Build a Community
Encouraging participation and interactive learning while reducing social stigmas can help educators maintain a positive learning environment for all students. This would help students feel like they are truly a valued part of the school community.
While segregation breeds tension and inequality, integration and inclusion help all students and their families feel a sense of belonging. In an environment where all opinions matter, all interests are taken into consideration, and there is true respect for all peoples, there is a greater sense of camaraderie based on a collective identity.
4. Students Learn to Work in A Team
Today, in the workplace, the ability to work in a team is highly valued. The phrase “being a team player” typically appears on most job postings these days. In order to ensure all students are prepared with relevant academic and life skills, it is the sole responsibility of educators to make sure all learners understand the importance of teamwork.
Cultivating a good sense of teamwork in the classroom helps students understand the relevance of mutual respect based on open and honest communication
Equal Opportunities for All
Education is the foundation of economic and societal progress. As educators, we believe in creating an inclusive classroom that gives all students sufficient opportunities to unlock their potential and develop useful and practical skills in an open and supportive environment. Click here to find out more about our vision, mission and values.