Symposium on education systems transformation for and through inclusive education

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | Opening plenary: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. EDT | Closing plenary: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Despite extensive global policy conversations about the need to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goals supporting more equitable education, no nation has come close to achieving truly inclusive classrooms and school communities at scale. While some countries have made significant strides to meet the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), nearly every country has fallen short in their efforts to develop schools as settings for full social inclusion, which requires going beyond physical inclusion to create accessible and meaningful learning settings for all, including children with IDD.

On April 18, the Center on Universal Education at Brookings will hold its annual symposium on education system transformation, co-hosted this year with Special Olympics and the Global Partnership for Education. This symposium will convene key policy and decision makers, researchers, and practitioners committed to advancing education for people with disabilities, as well as learners with IDD themselves, to address the question ”What would it take to transform education systems to be truly inclusive for learners with disabilities?” The forum will seek to answer this question by elevating the voices of those who are actively engaged in advancing social inclusion for children and young people with disabilities in schools and communities across the globe, with particular emphasis on the Global South.

Online viewers can submit questions via email to or on X (formerly Twitter) @BrookingsGlobal using #Transform4Inclusion.

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