Developing Inclusive Ecological Education

  The Republic of Uzbekistan takes great efforts to help mentally disabled children to achieve the full value life. Teaching programs by means of ecological education, different projects with international organizations are being worked out.
    The conference on the promotion of the experience of TACIS (Technical Assistance for the Commonwealth of Independent States) of the European Union project of Institutional Building and Partnership ‘Inclusive Approach to Teaching of Disabled Children by Means of Ecological Education’ was held in Tashkent on 14 December. The representatives of the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, directors and teachers from general and specialized schools, state and international public organizations and partners of the project: the Republican Center of Social Adaptation of Children, Field Studies Consul (Great Britain) and employees of the Republican Educational-Methodological Youth Complex ‘Bioecosan’ took part in this conference.  
    The project is aimed at improvement of the quality of teaching of disabled children by means of ensuring of integrated ecological educational courses with the children from general school.
    Within the framework of the conference the results of the main project stages were summarized, the achievements of the project were considered, components of inclusive education were discussed, the project experience in the course of introduction of inclusive education into extracurricular educational programs and open air teaching was analyzed.
    Educational ecological rooms and the ecological platform, meeting the needs of both disabled and healthy children were created during the project implementation at the base of the Republican Educational-Methodological Youth Complex ‘Bioecosan’. The practical manual for teachers including developments of inclusive lessons on ecological education at the educational platform was also prepared.
    During the conference there was the presentation of the ’Practical Manual on Carrying out Inclusive Open Air Lessons’. This manual is intended for teachers, heads of ecological clubs of extracurricular educational institutions and also for primary school teachers biology and ecology teachers, specialists on mental defects and physical handicaps as additional literature. It is the first and the only manual that gives the opportunity to carry out inclusive open air lessons.
    The participants of the Conference ‘Inclusive Approach to Teaching Disabled Children by Means of Ecological Education’ heard the presentations with great attention, asked many questions because they all were practical workers. They exchanged their opinions and wishes. Presentations were discussed in breaks of the conference for a long time, but the project on the whole was adopted as important and necessary one.    

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