Diversity in the school setting is a common reality – and diversity offers the opportunity to enrich our lives through exposure to people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Based on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Germany is committed to establish an inclusive educational system and to respond to such diversity in an appropriate way.
The in-depth and advanced understanding of inclusion means that all people – irrespective of their gender, disability, race, special learning needs, social- or socio-economic conditions – have equal access to high-quality education and are able to fully develop and reach their potential. Educational systems must therefore be structured towards meeting and adapting to the necessities of the learners. Inclusion processes center the different needs of all participating learners and understand diversity as a chance for learning- and educational processes (UNESCO 2012, p. 10).
This does not solely refer to individual support for children and adolescents, but is also the analysis and adaptation of inclusion- and exclusion mechanisms on a societal level.
To reach this, the following is required:
- Well-grounded pedagogical concepts
- Vision and commitment of technical staff from the educational- and social sector
- Regional- and trans-regional development- and change processes
For this reason, the nationwide network School for All was established in 2015. The network is targeted at committed individuals from across all societal fields that perceive and understand their societal responsibility for education and equality. The aim is to initiate a School for All movement.