What is the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education?
We are an independent organisation that acts as a platform for collaboration for the ministries of education in our member countries.
Our work focuses on improving all learners’ achievement at all levels of inclusive lifelong learning. This enhances learners’ life chances and opportunities for actively participating in society.
The Agency member countries’ shared ultimate vision for inclusive education systems is that all learners of any age are provided with meaningful, high-quality educational opportunities in their local community, alongside their friends and peers. Therefore this vision is the focal point of all Agency work.
Our main aim is to help member countries improve their educational policy and practice. We do this by combining the perspectives of policy, practice and research in order to provide member countries and stakeholders at the European level with evidence-based information and guidance on implementing inclusive education.
We have National networks in 29 European countries:
Austria, Belgium (Flemish and French speaking communities), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
How are you involved in Europa Lampedusa project?
In the preparatory phase, we have been in contact with the Ministry of Education and in particular with Raffaele Ciambrone and Rosaria Maria Petrella, country representatives in the Agency, discussing the planning of the event and proposing the invitation and involvement of a number of European representatives.
What are your mission and your goal concerning immigration?
As mentioned above, the ultimate vision of the Agency work is to ensure that all learners of any age are provided with meaningful, high-quality educational opportunities in their local community, alongside their friends and peers. This of course includes immigrant and refugees learners. In its work with member countries the Agency provides guidance on the development of inclusive education systems that aim to:
- Raise the achievements of all learners
- Ensure that all stakeholders value diversity.
- Ensure the availability of flexible continua of provision and resources.
- Ensure personalised approaches to learning that engage all learners and support their active participation (learner-centred curriculum, assessment frameworks, flexible training and CPD, etc).
- Enable all stakeholders to develop their attitudes and beliefs, knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours in line with the goals and principles of an inclusive education system.
How did you like the four days?
It has been an extraordinary experience for us to be part of the Europa Lampedusa project.
Do you think it has been useful for the students?
It think it has been a very useful experience for all Italian and European students who participated in the Europa Lampedusa project. Before coming, they had to discuss the issue of immigration with their classmates and the teacher in the class. They had to search for information in order to be better informed about the situation in Lampedusa and the project and also to produce the video. In Lampedusa they had the opportunity to experience the challenges of immigrants and discuss with other European students about the problematic situation in Europe.
Will you be with us next years?
We hope so
What do you expect from the school work on immigration during the year?
We hope that the participant students will disseminate the experience they had in Lampedusa at school, regional and national level so that more people are informed and some positive action takes place in Europe