If we are to transform the future, if we are to change course, we must rethink education.

- Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, on the occasion of International Day of Education 2021.

24 January 2022 is the fourth International Day of Education.

This is a day to showcase the transformations that have to be nurtured to realise everyone’s fundamental right to education and build more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful futures.

Education systems around the world are failing millions of children, youth and adults depriving them of a future of dignity and opportunity.

In November 2021, UNESCO released a new global report on the Futures of Education entitled Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education.

This report calls for a major transformation in education to repair past injustices and enhance our capacity to act together for a more sustainable and just future.

Our role in education.

We believe that an inclusive education system offers the best education to learners - 'disabled' or 'non-disabled'. 

We encourage teaching staff to welcome neuro-diverse learners into their settings with the knowledge that everyone will benefit if it is done effectively, as part of a whole school culture of inclusion and belonging.

We are currently running a UK-wide research and advocacy project with the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA - England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Down's Syndrome Scotland (DSS).

Our goal is to raise awareness and advocate for long-term system change. 

This project is a pilot study with the aim to use the processes, resources and materials developed to have a positive impact on other education systems around the world.

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