Philippine Network for Inclusive Education

The Philippine Network for Inclusive Education (PNIE) aims to fulfill inclusive education for Filipino children with disabilities and other children being discriminated due to religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status through the development and implementation of responsive education policies and practices from the national down to the local level and by strengthening the capacity of education stakeholders in its application.

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Stakeholders from various sectors show their support for the Inclusive Education Bill for children and youth with disabilities. Everyone has the right to a quality and inclusive education regardless of age, sex, gender, religion, economic status, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is our collective duty to ensure that every Filipino child is not deprived of this right. Because like you and I, children with disabilities can contribute in shaping our future. It is our responsibility to make that happen and we can make education happen for them.

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The Philippine Network for Inclusive Education (PNIE) was formed after the International Leadership Summit in Inclusive Education organized by The Teacher’s Gallery and Index for Inclusion Workshop last February 2017. PNIE is a newly formed network composed of Disabled People’s Organization (DPOs), academia, advocate groups and international and local non-profit organizations such as Best Buddies Philippines, Unilab Foundation, Leonard Cheshire Disability Foundation Philippines, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde’s Center for Inclusive Education, ATRIEV, Inclusion Initiative, Resources for the Blind, ADHD Society Philippines, and Autism Society of the Philippines supported by the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) office and donor funded programs such as the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Program and The Asia Foundation – Fully Abled Nation (TAF-FAN). The formulation of this network is a big step towards implementation of inclusive education at the national-level, for PNIE operates as the network that can be tapped to provide input from the disability sector about inclusive education and disability related policies.

Declaration of Committment

We affirm the provisions in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPDF), which recognizes that persons with disabilities have inherent dignity and inalienable rights, and who are capable of claiming those and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society;

We firmly believe that every child, especially children with disabilities, are entitled to a complete, quality basic education as a fundamental human and legal right;

We promote the right of every person with disability to express their desires with regards to their education and the inherent right of the parents to be consulted in the form of education best suited to the needs, circumstances and aspirations of their children;

We affirm that education systems should be designed and educational programs implemented to take into account the wide diversity of characteristics, abilities and learning needs of every child;

We believe that regular schools with inclusive values are the most effective means of combating discrimination and bullying, creating welcoming communities, and building an inclusive society;

We recognize that the key to inclusive education is to have education systems and schools that can address and do away with attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder the full and effective participation of children with disabilities in their own education;

We commit in creating an enabling environment for the practice of inclusive education in all schools and alternative learning modalities; promoting broader collaborations with families, communities, private sector, development partners organizations, people’s organizations, LGUs; and mobilizing resources towards addressing the needs of excluded learners.

The organizations present have herein affixed their commitment to the Philippine Network on Inclusive Education (PNIE), which envision to create an Inclusive and quality education for ALL. We will work to fulfil inclusive education for Filipino children with disabilities and other children being discriminated due to religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status through the development and implementation of responsive inclusive education policies and practices from the national down to the local level and by strengthening the capacity of education stakeholders in its application.

- Philippine Network for Inclusive Education

Knowledge Base

This knowledge base provides you with an online resources related to inclusive education as well as materials that will broaden your understanding on the concepts of disability.

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The Philippine Network for Inclusive Education welcomes new members to join us in our advocacy in providing a quality and inclusive education for all.

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