Monday, April 2, 2012

In Hamburg our BIF partners have begun working with street interviews. These are the questions for the inclusion street interviews that they have agreed on:

1. What does the word inclusion mean to you?
2. Where do you come in contact with inclusion?
3. In which places isn´t that given?
4. What should be improved or what have to be changed?

For people who don´t know how to answer the first question we have summarized a short definition of the word inclusion.
Inclusion is the claim, that every person in his individuality is accepted by the society, and gets the chance to be or to take part of it as a fully entitled member.
The German friends wish that the other BIF partners would like to make the same interviews in the streets of Riga, Zabrze, Lund, Vilnius and Klaipeda.
Communicated by
Bengt Persson

1 comment:

  1. Here are some inclusion quotations that I have found on web pages, mainly from the US. Let’s save them until we agree on a common BIF definition of our own. What do you think?

    "Inclusion is about membership and belonging to a community"

    "Inclusion provides children a miniature model of the democratic process"

    "Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structures which exist in our societies, it is about trans-forming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone"

    "As inclusion becomes the focus of diversity work, the attention switches to the systems, policies and practices"

    "Inclusion is a climate where everyone brings their talents to the table"

    "The benefits of inclusion are two-way but most of us haven't experienced that yet. Segregation restricts our understanding of each other"

    "settings that develop inclusive cultures, policies and practices also raise achievement"

    "When we exclude people, it ultimately costs more than the original effort to include them"

    "Children who learn together, learn to live together."

    "Inclusion is responding positively to diversity and seeing individual differences not as problems, but as opportunities for mutual enrichment"

    "Inclusion is the most effective means of combating discrimination, creating welcoming communities and building a society for all"

    "Establishing or extending separate provision does nothing to identify and remove barriers in mainstream settings"

    "Inclusion encourages policy-makers and managers to look at the barriers within the system, how they arise and how they can be removed"

    "Inclusion change attitudes by encouraging people to live together in peace"

    "It is less costly to educate all children together than to set up a complex system of different types of schools specializing in the education of specific groups of children"

    "The move to inclusion does not happen overnight. The gradual change should be based on clearly articulated principles, which address system-wide development"

    "The move towards inclusion is not simply a technical or organizational change but also a movement with a clear philosophy"

    "Inclusion promote understanding, tolerance and friendship"

    "Human, economic, social and political reasons support inclusion; it is also a means to personal development and building relationships among individuals and groups"

    "All people have the right to participate. It is not our systems that have a right to certain types of people"

    "Inclusion goes beyond physical accessibility and fosters a sense of belonging, feelings of being valued, and support for all participants"

    "Inclusion is the philosophy that all people have the right to be together with their peers in activities throughout life"