Conducted on behalf of: Council of Europe
Commenced: December 2013
Access to education and availability of quality education is often unevenly distributed across social groups, with growing evidence to suggest a correlation between pupils’ socio-economic backgrounds and their educational attainment. Without inclusive systems, particularly at the primary education level, evidence suggests that the social and learning gap will widen. South East Europe’s troubled transition to democracy and market economy has been characterised by severe problems stemming from religious and ethnical cleavages that were exacerbated by armed conflicts throughout most of the 1990s. Unresolved problems of statehood and nationhood – largely driven by issues of minority rights – seem to have been the single most important factor in explaining different transition trajectories across the region. Thus, inclusive education policies across the region appear to be of utmost importance in restoring social cohesion in ethnically divided post-conflict societies.
The Council of Europe has joined the EU-supported Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) to launch a broad multi-beneficiary project, the ‘Regional Support for Inclusive Education’. This project focuses on the need for a regional approach to the field of inclusive education in South East Europe, due to similar social and political economic contexts and problems within these countries. This joint project will help 49 schools across South East Europe to develop inclusive cultures, policies and practices, and aims to increase knowledge and understanding of inclusive education across the region through awareness-raising, mutual learning and capacity building measures.
In order to measure the impact of the aforementioned support services, LSE Enterprise will run a baseline survey prior to the implementation of these services and a final survey after the project’s implementation. The surveys aim to measure the nature, extent and level of awareness of inclusive education, the impact on these of the project activities and todetermine how the understanding of inclusion in education across the region has altered.
Objectives of the project
This baseline and final survey in pilot schools seeks to: 1) tailor the methodology to the needs and context of the region and offer support to target groups and partners (in particular pilot schools, local education authorities and national-level authorities); 2) identify and analyse effective, inclusive and innovative educational policies and practices of 49 schools; 3) identify improvement areas with regard to inclusive practices and recommend strategies for intervention; and 4) measure the impact of the EC/CoE joint project.
The results of each of the two rounds of surveys will be analysed in seven separate country reports and one cross-country report.
Read the Cross-Beneficiary Report.
Dr Will Bartlett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe at LSE.
Niccolo Durazzi is a Deputy Project Director at LSE Enterprise.
Bregtje Kamphuis is a Project Officer and Researcher at LSE Enterprise.
Furthermore, leading researchers from the region have joined LSE Enterprise’s team:
Merita Xhumari (Albania)
Nina Brankovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nermin Oruc (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Zrinka Ristić Dedić (Croatia)
Ardiana Gashi (Kosovo*)
Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski (FYROM)
Jandranka Kaludjerovic (Montenegro)
Iskra Maksimovic (Serbia)
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.