IE Symposium was registered on 24 Feb 2015 for the purpose of hosting professional development and training courses in the area of special educational needs.
Why IE Symposium?
- IE stands for Inclusive Education
Inclusive education means that all students attend age-appropriate, regular classes and are supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of the life of the school. Inclusive education is about how schools, classrooms, programs and activities are designed and developed so that all students learn and participate together.
In today’s context, a symposium refers to a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience.
- As the name implies then, IE Symposium has been set up with the purpose of providing a forum for concerned individuals to come together to discuss issues pertaining to special educational needs.
We believe all children benefit from inclusive education (IE):
- IE provides opportunities for each child to develop friendships with various children, each with their own individual needs and abilities. It fosters a culture of respect and belonging, providing opportunities for each child to learn about and accept individual differences. Research shows that this lessens the impact of harassment and bullying.
- IE involves parents in their education and in the activities of their local schools. Parents work with the schools to nurture and develop the child’s individual strengths and gifts, with appropriate expectations for each child.
- The child is provided opportunities to work on individual goals while participating in the life of the classroom with his or her peers.
At the broader level, IE positively affects both the school and community to appreciate diversity and inclusion. It fosters a better understanding and awareness of disability issues in the community, and engenders a culture of empowerment among the stakeholders involved.