Teach Middle East Magazine Apr - Jun 2020 Issue 3 Volume 7 - Page 25

a genuinely inclusive school, we are delighted to work in partnership with The Hemam Center, giving children a range of learning and therapy, and integrating them into the wider life of the school.” Eric Shafarman, the Board Certified Behavior Analyst, leading provision at the Center, added, "Our collaboration with the Aquila School has had immense benefits for our students. They enjoy the opportunity to participate in the classroom environment, access the mainstream curriculum, and perhaps most special - build friendships. It's such a privilege for everyone involved, at both the school and Hemam Center, to see how working together to foster a caring and inclusive school environment has resulted in new learning opportunities and a greater appreciation for diversity, across students, teachers, and parents." Inclusive schools are those that go beyond accepting the enrolment of students with disability, and are places in which all students are welcomed, valued as full members of the school community, and provided with the support that they need, to participate and achieve. Article 24 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008) defined inclusive education within international human-rights law. General Comment no. 4 also made it very clear that segregation and inclusion are fundamentally incompatible. The Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (KHDA, 2017) enshrines how this must be implemented in schools in Dubai, along with subsequent guidelines published in ‘Implementing Inclusive Education’ (KHDA, 2019) and ‘Directives and Guidelines for Inclusive Education’ (KHDA, 2020). While we acknowledge that there is always more we can do, The Aquila School and the Hemam Learning Support Center aim to be at the forefront of genuinely inclusive education in Dubai. References: Article 24 of the CRPD (United Nations 2008). Graham, Linda. Inclusive Education for the 21st Century: Theory, policy and practice. 2019. Allen & Unwin.