We learn better together: Every child's right to be included

Inclusive education is about having an ability to break down barriers by creating opportunities for all learners whatever their needs may be.
It is an acknowledgement that all learners can work together and be able to recognize that people of all abilities and aspirations can be enhanced when working together as one.
An inclusive setting values diversity, tailors support to each individual and provides dignity and a sense of self-worth for everyone.
Every child deserves a right to be included as a ‘one’ whatever their personal circumstances may bring. Not only will it enhance them individually, but all who surround them.
Making our schools inclusive schools can be long and challenging process but the aims and outcomes are sure to benefit humans and societies in general.
Adopting inclusive codes and practices in our schools will go a long way in supporting people from all walks of life, and will promote tolerance and diversity, something that is very needed these days. 
From a parent’s perspective like myself, I feel an inclusive approach will bring tremendous benefits for all -- including my kids, at such an early age and beyond.
As a parent you soon realize that every child is unique. And like parenting, teaching should not be a one-size-fits all approach, it needs to take in to consideration an awareness and flexibility to meet the needs of everybody. A student’s engagement will significantly increase if their learning needs are met through teaching methods tailored for them. They may benefit from a more visual or auditory method – or even kinetic. Students who do not necessarily have any additional needs can look at these alternative methods which can diversify the experience for everyone.  
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When it comes to incorporating inclusive support mechanisms, children learn at different paces. For each student, this will enhance their experience of education and for those around them. Mechanisms such as flexible pacing groups which can alter based around speed of learning,  and can include children who can offer a helping hand to others who need it.

Students with different abilities will be able to feel as though they play a true part in a school community. Students are very adaptable and open to methods of learning, so giving all learners opportunities to develop other ways of learning may go some way in providing them with enhanced tools which could benefit them in adulthood.

If tailored educational plans are in place and a culture of inclusiveness is present, a fellow pupil may be inspired by providing additional support for their peer in times of need. And vice versa.

Living within a very diverse part of the world, where my kids are lucky enough to be able to interact with people from all over the world, they are quickly learning that we can all  work together in an nourishing environment where everyone treats each other with respect no matter how we look or where we come from.  Their current school includes children from all kinds of backgrounds and this true mix of humans will hopefully provide them with a great grounding for their future. This coupled with further education from us – their parents- will hopefully help them become empathetic and kind humans.

As my kids work their way through their educational life, a respect for diversity should be gained and acknowledged. If they are educated within an inclusive approach – the possibilities are endless.  An environment where students and their families will feel valued for who they are as a person, regardless of their background.