The forum is organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Colombia and the city of Cali, the event is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Special Needs Education held in Salamanca.
Her Excellency Professor Hirut W/Mariam Minister to Ministry Of Science And Higher Education is one of the attendees. She presented the first panel after the opening event. It was about Ethiopia's experience in making Higher Education more inclusive and equitable. She addressed the Higher Education and Training policy, the HE Proclamation and other directives and practices in the area of ensuring participation of female students, and those from disadvantaged groups by using positive discrimination and special admonition requirement with preferential treatment. How Ethiopia is applying equity and inclusiveness in the recruitment of instructors and leaders of universities is also included in her presentation.
According to UNESCO, the objectives of the symposium is to share and promote educational policies and practices that foster inclusion; to review the progress made in policy and practice since the Salamanca Conference; and to understand the potential of inclusion in education in order to offer new opportunities in a digitalized and globalized world. The Forum will provide a platform for debate and a place to share innovative policies, programs, and practices to advance inclusion and equity in education. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its focus on leaving no one behind, provides a unique opportunity to build more inclusive, just, and fair societies. There remain challenges to ensure that all people irrespective of sex, age, race or ethnicity, and persons with disabilities, migrants, indigenous peoples, children and youth, especially those in vulnerable situations have access to life-long learning opportunities. Although efforts have been made to promote quality education for all, reality does not show significant transformation in educational systems or policies.