In the Odessa region, the number of inclusive classes has increased sixfold

25 January 2019, 16:30
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In the Odessa region, there are 479 inclusive and integrated classes for children with special educational needs. This is six times more than two years ago. The head of Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov told about the development of inclusiveness in the region during the all-Ukrainian meeting in Kyiv, initiated by the first lady Marina Poroshenko.

"The development of inclusive education is the direction that should be given the maximum attention. As for the Odessa region, we have a good dynamics, because in the last two years the number of children who began to study in an inclusive form of education has increased sixfold. However, in addition to equal access to education, its quality is also very important, especially in rural areas. Very often there simply is not enough specialists: speech therapists, surdo pedagogues and others who would have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. So, we have a proposal to introduce a free second education for our teachers, provided that they then, for example, will work in schools or IRC for five years. And it will be a good thing for our educators, and there will be enough specialists in educational institutions for children with special educational needs ", - emphasized in his speech Maxim Stepanov.

The head of the region handed his proposal to the first lady Marina Poroshenko and the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Grinevich, and also expressed the hope that they will be supported.

Recall Odessa region the first in Ukraine has introduced a new educational course "Fundamentals of Ukrainian Sign Language" for teachers. Also in May 2018, the region joined the national project on the development of an inclusive educational environment. First Lady Marina Poroshenko and the head of the Regional State Administration Maksym Stepanov signed a memorandum on the establishment of a network of inclusive-resource centers (IRCs). Since then, besides the regional center for the support of inclusive education, 13 rayon centers were created in the districts as well as the regional center for the support of inclusive education. Together with this, dozens of new groups for preschoolers, psychological unloading rooms and media studios have been launched.