Another step towards inclusive quality education for children with disabilities: more teachers in Azerbaijan to be trained

Azerbaijan, Baku, February 2019 Photo/ UNICEF Azerbaijan

BAKU, 1 February 2019 – UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education will organise a training in Baku on 4-8 February 2019 for 28 teachers from five pedagogical universities, including Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University in Baku, Guba and Sheki, Ganja State University and Sumgait State University. A group of 50 in-service teacher trainers from general education schools will also be trained on 11-15 February 2019.

Both trainings for trainers will be conducted by the international experts within the project on Expanding Quality Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in Azerbaijan implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and funded by the European Union.

“Inclusion of children with disabilities in quality education will not only have a major impact on their potential for learning and development, but will also challenge the misconception that children with disabilities cannot play an active part in the life of their communities,” said UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan, Mr. Edward Carwardine. “These trainings will focus on building the skills of teachers to deliver high quality inclusive education in mainstream classrooms and is part of the process that we hope will transform education for every child.”

The university and school teachers who participated in the training will in their turn, train 300 university teachers, over 1,300 students of 5 pedagogical universities and over 10,000 primary school teachers in Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Guba, Sheki, Agjabedi and Gazakh during 2019-2020.

At the next stage, the new training programmes on Inclusive Education will be integrated into the curriculum of the national teacher training institutes. The project will enable national capacity development and create a new generation of teachers able to deliver inclusive education at regular schools of Azerbaijan.

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For more information, please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication and Partnership Specialist, amollazade@unicef.org, tel: +994 12 4923013 (ext.109)

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