Education is a human right that finds its greatest expression in article 26 of the World Declaration of Human Rights. As a right, it can not be seen as a privilege of a few, but as an opportunity for all people regardless of their physical, cognitive, ethnic, religious or other sociocultural conditions. Therefore, education has the mission to train people to participate effectively in a free society, promote understanding, tolerance, friendship among all nations, among all racial, ethnic or religious groups, and promote peace.
The international initiatives of UNESCO, the World Bank and some NGOs, together, have resolved in a consensual manner that all children have the right to be educated together, without any type of discrimination due to physical, cognitive or socio-cultural limitations, enhancing their abilities and attending to their support needs. In this sense, inclusive education is a means to equalize opportunities in terms of access and permanence to educational systems. Inclusive education has become a proposal that bets on an academy that embraces general diversity, without any exclusion. It is not a way to call special education or the integration of students with special educational needs, it is a proposal that aims to achieve a quality education for «all», with special emphasis on those who are in exclusion or at risk. to be.
In this context, the INTERNATIONAL FORUM (ETEP-D): Education and technology in and for diversity provides a space for local and international political dialogue on the advances in inclusion processes mediated by information technologies, as well as for the socialization of results of various research, development and innovation projects in the field of construction of an educational system in and for diversity.
ETEP-D VIII, Open Education for Peace is the space created to reflect on openness as a great opportunity to achieve true social justice that enables and provokes inclusion building a stable and lasting Peace in Colombia and throughout the Ibero-American region.
There will be the following special guests who together with the local and national government will discuss the situation of global inclusion, will share solutions and proposals to advance in a more inclusive educational system open to diversity: