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About Center for the Promotion of Inclusive Education
The Center for Promoting inclusive education (CPIE) is a global resource and network of professionals, families, schools and organizations, focusing on inclusive education in sierra Leone and other neighboring countries in West Africa.
CPIE is an independent centre, set up in 2013, actively supporting inclusive education as a human right of every child. CPIE recognizes that every child is a valuable and contributing member of their school community. CPIE holds educational excellence as an expectation for all children regardless of their levels of ability.
CPIE supports the goals of promoting inclusive education for students with disabilities. Consistent with the Salamanca Accord which requires the delivery educational services in the least restrictive environment, and with research indicating the benefits of inclusive education for students with and without disabilities. CPIE strives to educate students with disabilities in general classrooms to the maximum extent appropriate.
CPIE supports the need to establish classroom environments and school communities that provide an equitable education for its students. To tis end, every school in Sierra Leone and in other African countries should commit to identifying and removing barriers to the presence, participation and achievement of students with disabilities in general edu sustained by small grants and donations. Our work is driven by a commitment to overcome barriers to learning and participation for all children and young people in Sierra Leone. Our activities include Advocating and campaigning, research, training, consultancy and dissemination of information.
At the heart of CPIE is the mission: To encourage, embolden and empower various stakeholders in education - governments, educators, parents and students - in developing countries especially Sierra Leone to design and implement effective inclusive schools, by sharing insights and best practices and by providing opportunities for connection. CPIE provides year-round opportunities for families and educators to meet others on the same journey of building and sustaining inclusive schools and communities.
Benefits of CPIE
Every child benefits from inclusive education. It allows them to:
1. Develop individual character.
It allows the development of individual strength and gifts, with high and appropriate expectations for each child.
2. Development of individual goals. work on individual goals while participating in the life of the classroom with other students their own age.
3. Parental involvement
Involve parents in the education and other related school activities of children with disabilities.
4. Forster a healthy school climate.
Forster a school culture that is based on respect and love for every student. Inclusive education provides opportunities to learn about and accept individual differences, lessening the impact of harassment and bullying.
5. Develop friendships
Develop friendships with a wide variety of other children, each with their own individual needs and abilities.
6. Appreciation of diversity
Influence the appreciation of diversity in schools and the wider community through the use of the media and other forms of communication.