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ERIC Number: EJ929993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Inclusive Education in Azerbaijan
Lesko, Jim J.; Ziegler, Deborah A.; Mikailova, Ulviya; Roels, David Carl
Young Children, v65 n6 p56-61 Nov 2010
The public special education system of the Republic of Azerbaijan is built on the Soviet science of "defectology." In this system, most government-provided educational services segregate children with disabilities in special schools and home environments, separate from children without disabilities and from society at large. From 2005 to 2009, the government of Azerbaijan launched several initiatives so that children with disabilities could be educated alongside their peers. One initiative, the National Program on Development of Inclusive Education, included pilot projects in four cities (Baku, Sumgayit, Mingachevir, and Yevlakh), conducted by the nongovernmental organization Center for Innovations in Education (CIE) in partnership with World Vision Azerbaijan and International Medical Corps. During that time, these pilot projects successfully included 187 children with mild and moderate disabilities in both preschool and primary general education classrooms. The CIE pilot projects used the Step by Step instructional methodology, approved by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education as one of the national core inclusive education models. Step by Step is one of the largest and most comprehensive early childhood development reform programs for children ages birth through 10 in Azerbaijan. The program promotes the right of all children to receive a quality education and provides materials and training for teachers to ensure equal access for children with disabilities, internally displaced persons and refugees, and families living in poverty. The Step by Step methodology has provided a structure and a set of instructional tools to help teachers meet the individual needs of all children in their classroom, including children with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Azerbaijan