Basic Training On Inclusive Education Practice: Different Stories from Different Schools

Abstract

According to the fundamental belief that education must be available, accessible, affordable, acceptable and adaptable for all people (Human Right and Equal Opportunity, 2000), inclusive education is developed in many countries. Inclusive education means that schools should accommodate all children regardless of their physical, intellectual, social, emotional, linguistic or other conditions (UNESCO, 1994).

In Indonesia, the concept of inclusive education is relatively new. The pilot project for inclusive school implementation was started in 1986, and up to now the development of this inclusive practice is still challenging. Some reasons emerge such as: (1) the benefits of inclusion have not been clearly communicated to all school components and stakeholders; (2) schools’ lacking of resources and supports as well as inappropriate allocation for available supports; (3) less commitment staff with little understanding and knowledge regarding to inclusive practices; (4) ineffective and unsupportive leadership. Baca lebih lanjut