Date: 17-05-2022

Diversity+ project meeting, Leiden

As a partner of the Diversityproject, ISSA hosted a two-day transnational meeting in its Leiden office on Thursday, 12 and Friday 13 May.

From Special School to Resource Centre: Supporting Vulnerable Young Children in Central and Eastern Europe: A Guide for Positive Change



This guide supports a wide range of professionals working alongside parents and caregivers in both special and mainstream systems to manage and implement the ongoing transitions that affect how special and mainstream institutions provide services and coordinate actions. This includes those who may be special educational needs teachers, special pedagogues, psychologists, teaching assistants, or sign language interpreters. It also includes mainstream teachers and other school staff working to support improvements in provision, which promote quality inclusive education for all children at preschool and school level. The guide introduces the principles of inclusion along with ideas and strategies that can be used to manage change. 

Creating Inclusive Resource Centers



Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC) in five sites in four regions were developed under the programme supported  by USAID. Their main purpose is to provide complex inter-sectorial support to children with special needs, their parents and teachers working with these children in pre-school and primary classrooms trough psychological-medical-pedagogical consultations. 

The main achievements included:

1) increased number of services for parents of children with special needs;

2) increased level of trust;

3) more competent teachers.

Supporting Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens



Supporting  Development of Early Inclusive Education in Tbilisi Kindergartens is a project aiming to support development of early childhood inclusive education: 1) by empowering mainstream kindergarten teachers and specialists working in kindergartens through modelling, practicing and sharing experiences, 2) by training Tbilisi Kindergarten Management Agency monitors/advisory team in observing, assessing and monitoring skills, using service standards developed by UNICEF Georgia and 3) by developing and conducting university accredited certificated courses for kindergarten practitioners and

Child-Centered, Democratic, Pre-school Classrooms: The Step by Step Approach



For over 25 years, the Step by Step Program, flagship initiative for Early Childhood Education reform of the Open Society Foundations, has implemented a democratic child-centered classroom approach where families and children are placed at the heart of the pedagogical practice.

Environment that belongs to children. Teacher manual



The guidebook “Environment that Belongs to Children” focuses on creating an inclusive learning environment which many researchers call a “third teacher”, after parents and educators.

Education for diversity toolkit: Program for adults working with and for children



This toolkit represents the compilation of different programs and specific activities developed by ISSA and its members over the past 15 years.

Embracing Diversity. Creating Equitable Societies Through Personal Transformation. Program for Adults, Training Manual



Embracing Diversity Training program for adults promotes the values of anti-discrimination, anti-bias, equity and respect for diversity in different settings: in communities, at the workplace, and in society.

Inclusive Education



The manual “Inclusive Education” describes the conceptual principles of inclusive education, international and national legislation in a field of inclusive education, experience of inclusive education implementing in other countries, public-state governance of inclusive education.

Organizational-Methodological Grounds of Inclusive Resource Centers' Activities



The purpose of this manual is to equip members of Inclusive Resource Centers (IRC), parents of children with special needs, schools and other institutions dealing with the issues of inclusive education, providing special support to children with special needs with necessary practical information.