The ‘Education for All: Special Needs and Inclusive Education in Malta: External Audit Report’ (2014) highlights the urgent need to “undertake a process of ‘de-constructing’ the concepts of inclusion, inclusive education and diversity” (p. 32) so as to “create conceptual clarity” and “develop a shared understanding of what inclusion for all learners, families and educators really means” (p. 41).
To this end the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) is embarking on a consultation process to develop the proposed redefinition of ‘Inclusion’ which will eventually lead to a broader and more comprehensive and holistic definition of ‘Inclusive Education’ that is based on a human rights approach, focused on improving quality and equity for all learners in practice, committed to direct involvement and engagement of all stakeholders, relevant to today’s societal and educational challenges, needs and realities and owned and understood by everybody in society.
The proposed initiative is based on an online consultation process with the general public. The latter is being invited to answer 5 questions regarding their general understanding of ‘inclusion’. Links on both MEDE and MSDEC websites will be uploaded.