Promoting Inclusive Teacher Education: Advocacy Guides
Inclusive education is a process of addressing and responding to the diverse needs of all learners by increasing their participation in learning, enhancing their learning experiences and outcomes, and reducing exclusion within and from education. Working towards inclusive education calls for significant changes and modifications in teaching and learning content, approaches, processes, structures and strategies, with a common vision of Education for All (EFA). Teachers have an indispensable role to play in this process.
Pre-service teacher education must provide future teachers with the necessary knowledge, competencies and values so that they are able to create and develop inclusive learning environments. However, a recent multi-country review of pre-service teacher education in the Asia-Pacific region, led by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
(UNESCO Bangkok), revealed that pre-service teacher education in many countries in the region still had a long way to go to fully prepare their graduates to effectively address and embrace the diversity of learners.