COFACE Families Europe Conference and internal meetings on 27-29 March 2023

Podium auf der COFACE Veranstaltung zu inklusiver Bildung

The COFACE Families Europe conference on “Inclusive Education for an Inclusive Europe” took place in Monza, Italy, jointly organised with the Italian organisation A.I.A.S.

Taking the Italian system as a starting point for discussion with European peers, the event brought together organisations of families of persons with disabilities and service providers, education professionals, persons with disabilities and their families and policy-makers from several countries to examine key actions to implement inclusive education in line with the UNCRPD and the General Comment n4. The aim of the meeting was to foster innovation and knowledge transfer between civil society organisations, create new synergies between COFACE and COFACE Disability members and key Italian and European stakeholders, and contribute to the S.H.I.F.T. towards more inclusive education systems in Europe.

Sven Iversen, AGF-director and Vice-President of COFACE moderated the second panel on the topic “Inclusive education at all ages: building blocks for inclusive society”. Topics and panelsits were:

  • Inclusive ECEC Services- Special responses for children with disabilities
    Renata Nacinovich, MD, Professor of Child Neuropsychiatry University of Milano Bicocca, Head of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Unit, S. Gerardo Hospital – ASST Monza, Brianza, Italy
  • Boosting the profession of support teachers in schools
    Prof. Antonio Prizio, Head Teacher Istituto Comprensivo Statale “Via Raiberti” Monza, Italy
  • Inclusive higher education and mobility – from practice to policy
    Kamil Goungor, Policy and Movement Support Officer of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), Greece
  • Reaction: Dávid Berki, Never Give Up Foundation, Hungary
Panel on COFACE conference on inclusive education
Panel on COFACE conference on inclusive educationwith Kamil Goungor, Renata Nacinovich, Prof. Antonio Prizio and Sven Iversen (left to right)

The day before and the day after the conference COFACE was holding statutary meetings. The Administrative Council, the General Assembly and COFACE Disability platform met on the 27 and on the 29 March, respevtively.