Distinguished Lecture Series: Getting Inclusion Right

Block 2, Dubai International Academic City, P.O. 341799, University of Birmingham Dubai
Monday 4 November 2019 (17:00-19:00)

The Dubai Disabilities Strategy articulates a clear and unequivocal commitment to creating a fully cohesive and inclusive strategy and places inclusive education at the heart of an effective education system.

There are, however, challenges associated with becoming inclusive that arise from conceptual, structural and systemic factors and which have slowed down countries’ progress towards inclusion. In this lecture, Prof Allan will reflect on some of the global challenges and report on four instances of where these challenges have been overcome, leading to successful inclusion. These ‘successes’ have been achieved by a school (in Sweden), by parents (in Kazakhstan) and by students (in the United Kingdom) and reinforce Dr Abdulla Al Karam’s contention that it is teachers, parents, leaders and other professionals who hold the power to create change. Prof Allan will end with some reflections on the prospects and possibilities for inclusion in the UAE.

Schedule for the evening:
5.00 - 5.30pm Welcome and refreshments
5.30 - 6.30pm Guest Lecture 
6.30 - 7.00pm Networking

We would be delighted if you could join us for this Distinguished Lecture and also inaugural Inclusion Networking event, please RSVP above.

Professor Julie Allan

Professor Julie Allan, Professor of Equity and Inclusion

Julie Allan is Head of the School of Education and a Professor of Equity and Inclusion. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and is both empirical and theoretical.

She has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through poststructural and social capital analyses. Julie has been advisor to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Dutch and Queensland Governments and has worked extensively with the Council of Europe.

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