UAE’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has adopted an “Inclusive Education Policy” in public and private schools to promote the education of students with disabilities.
It aims to reach out to nine categories of students with disabilities.
According to the government’s policy directive, the ministry wants to empower students with disabilities and integrate them with the school community.
The initiative is a bid to provide high-quality inclusive education for pupils of determination and under international best practices.
Inclusive education refers to the initiative where pupils of determination from Kindergarten to Grade XII (K-12) participate in an educational programme where diverse needs are catered to.
The ministry seeks to fulfill 12 goals and improve the quality of education of students with disabilities.
The outreach to help ensure students with disabilities receive equal opportunities without fear or favour, despite their physical and mental challenges.
The holistic approach aims to meet all their learning outcomes.
The policy will work in tandem with the families and students with disabilities, the Ministry of Community Development, and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
A strong communication plan is being developed, and the concepts of inclusive education are also being disseminated to further raise community awareness about students with disabilities.