Call for Articles for “Enabling Education Review” Special Edition, 2017

03/11/2016

 

The theme of this special edition will be:

 “Inclusive education and street-connectedness”

 The Enabling Education Network (EENET) is publishing this extra edition of the Enabling Education Review.

The deadline for submitting first drafts of articles is 28 February 2017. Details of suggested topics and how to submit your articles are provided below. Contact info@eenet.org.uk with any questions.

 

  1. Why have we chosen this topic?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal 4, aim to achieve inclusive and quality education for all, particularly focusing on children from the poorest households who are four times more likely to be out-of-school (SDG UNDP 2015). In order to improve the quality of education systems so that they become more inclusive, it is important to understand in each context which groups of learners are more likely to be excluded from, and what barriers they face to participating and achieving in, education. Street-connected children and youth is one such group that is often facing exclusion from and within formal education. Around the world existing programmes are successfully providing street-connected children and youth with education. Sharing their stories provides an opportunity for similar or new programmes to learn from their experiences. Also, education for street-connected children is often innovative and offers new ideas that could be adapted to support the inclusion of other marginalised learners in challenging situations.

 

  1. What could you write about?

We want to read about your experiences of supporting inclusive education for street-connected children and young people.

Enabling Education Review helps people share and learn from each other’s experiences. We therefore welcome articles that offer practical insights into education programmes, to help others who are looking for ideas that they can adapt and try. We like articles that provide a little background to the project or programme, and then explain how the project/programme is structured, its main objectives, and what activities are carried out, where, when, with or by whom, and why. And we like to read about the results of the too, if possible.

While this special edition focuses on a specific group of learners – children and young people in street situations – this group is not homogenous, offering a wide range of possible topics for articles. Street-connected children and young people face many different challenges, depending on the local context and their gender, age, disability, health status, ethnicity, and so on. The organisations that support them are therefore delivering many different interventions. Some projects focus just on one sector, like education; others are multi-sectoral and support education, health, social welfare and protection needs. Some education projects for street connected children and youth are separate from mainstream education, other initiatives seek to find ways to help these excluded learners return to mainstream education.

Possible topics include:

Types of interventions

  • Non-formal basic education programmes for children and young people living and/or working in street situations and currently unable to attend formal schools
  • Programmes that support children and young people to enrol in or return to mainstream/formal education (e.g. accelerated education or catch-up programmes)
  • Programmes that support mainstream schools and teachers to understand about street-connected children and young people, and then adapt their curricula, materials, timetables, etc, to become supportive of these learners, so that they can enrol in or return to formal education
  • Programmes that support older street-connected youth with catch-up basic education, literacy, numeracy, etc, and vocational and life-skills education
  • Programmes that support specific groups of street-connected children and young people, such as girls or boys, those with disabilities, those affected by drug, alcohol or substance abuse, those affected by HIV and AIDS, those who are from refugee or migrant communities, and so on
  • Programmes that connect various sectors, to support holistically the health, welfare, livelihoods and/or protection needs of street-connected children and youth, as well as their education
  • Programmes that offer educational support for pre-school-age street-connected children
  • Programmes that provide support to street-connected girls with babies so that they can continue their education
  • Advocacy programmes that have sought to change government and/or school policies to enable street-connected learners to access and participate in mainstream and/or non-formal education.

Financing and resourcing

  • Examples of budgeting / fundraising for more inclusive educational responses for children and young people in street situations.
  • Examples of advocating with donors for financial, material or human resource support for making education for children and young people in street situations more inclusive.

Sustainability

  • Examples of interventions that have sought to maintain improvements in inclusivity, or make wider education system changes.

Stakeholders’ views

  • We love to publish articles that feature the views or stories of stakeholders involved in delivering inclusive education, or benefiting from inclusive education. These can be case studies in their own right, or examples and quotations presented within an article on a specific topic.

 

  1. How can you submit an article?

Please email your article to info@eenet.org.uk or send a hard copy to the address at the end of this document.

Length – either 550 words (for a single-page article) or 1,100 words (for a double-page article). We may edit longer articles down to a single page, depending on the quantity and quality of articles received.

Style – please keep the article easy-to-read and non-academic. We encourage the use of sub-headings, bullet lists, etc. Have a look at previous editions of the publication if you are not sure what style to use: www.eenet.org.uk/resources/eenet_newsletter/index.php

Editing – we are very happy to help with editing the article, so don’t worry if you are not an experienced writer. We can work with you to improve the structure and content of your article, make it shorter/longer, etc.

Photos – it is great if you can add photos, drawings or diagrams to your article. When selecting photos, please look for the following:

  • Active images – e.g. children learning in groups, children playing, teachers working with pupils, parents taking actions to support the school, and so on
  • Images that are not too dark, blurred or pixelated.

Please send us high resolution images by email (these should be at least 1mb in size), or post us an original print/drawing. For every image you want to add to your article, you will probably need to remove about 75-100 words of text – but we can help with this editing. Please ensure that the people in any photos have given their permission for the photos to be published, or that parents/guardians have given permission for photos of children to be used. With each photo, please include the name of the photographer/organisation and a brief caption (activity, location, date, etc.).

Deadlines – the first deadline for draft submissions of articles is 28 February 2017. But we welcome submissions as soon as possible so we can spread the editing workload. We will then review all articles and work with the authors to edit them.

Selection – please note that we might not publish all of the articles we receive. In addition to ensuring that we publish articles that are easy-to-read and of practical use to a range of education stakeholders, we will also ensure that the final selection includes:

  • articles from a variety of countries/regions
  • articles about a range of different issues
  • articles by authors from different backgrounds (e.g. teachers, NGOs, parents, academics, government representatives, etc).

 

Articles that are not selected for publication in EER may instead be published on EENET’s website (www.eenet.org.uk).

Queries – if you have any questions, please email info@eenet.org.uk.

Postal address ­– if you want to send an article in hard copy or as an audio recording (e.g. on CD), please send to: EENET, PO Box 422, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 9DT, UK


My five favourite articles from Enabling Education Review: Let’s think ‘twintrackly’!

18/03/2014

Blog by: I-Jung (Gracie) Lu, EENET volunteer and PhD student at University of Manchester

“Is it possible to include all students in school? I don’t know anything about disability (especially some types of disability). Won’t they receive better educational support in special schools?” Over the years, every time I have talked to mainstream teachers about the idea of inclusion, these sorts of questions have always been asked.

So then, is it possible? How do we develop education systems within a wide concept of ‘education for all’ and also consider and take good care of all needs of the individual? In other words, how do we take forward a twin-track approach? From EENET’s latest edition of ‘Enabling Education Review’ (Issue 2, December 2013), which focuses on Inclusive Education and Disability, I have selected five articles that might help answer this question.

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Knowing Why and What’s Important

Teachers for All: Inclusive teaching for children with disabilities

To create quality education for all, you need to understand what inclusion means. It all starts with basic and fundamental changes within the education system. Five key strategies for developing teachers for inclusive education are outlined within this article. I found it really beneficial to ponder these strategies within my own context – education in Taiwan. Such reflection can give a fresh new perspective on your own practice of inclusion.

(See pp.16-17, Enabling Education Review, Issue 2, December 2013)

Create Your Own Inclusive Way

Researching my own solutions: interview with an inclusive teacher, Malaysia

This is one of my favourite articles. It looks at how one teacher started to reflect on her own approaches for developing effective inclusive practice within her context. Inclusive education is a process through which we keep improving and making adjustments according to students’ needs in order to provide the best quality learning support for all. This means teachers are also expected to improve and adjust their teaching bit by bit and develop their role as an educator. This article is a great example of how a teacher develops her own strategy throughout the process of supporting the student.

(See p.11, Enabling Education Review, Issue 2, December 2013)

Involve Different Voices

The role of people with disabilities in teacher training in Iraq

The author of this article says “The development of inclusive education should always be built on a foundation of participation by all key stakeholders – children, parents, teachers, decision-makers, donors, and of course representatives of marginalised groups.”

I found it amazing to see how adults with disability have partnered with teachers to build better skills in teaching. They have done this through sharing their own experiences of being disabled within education, and also by educating teachers about specific issues relevant to their lives, such as deaf adults teaching sign language to teachers.

(See p. 19, Enabling Education Review, Issue 2, December 2013)

Keep Connected

Developing resource centres for inclusive education in China

From this article I gained a new understanding about the role of the resource centre for the community. It is not only a place with resources and a place that provides support for children with special needs. A resource centre is more a place that keeps passing on the value of inclusion and developing sustainable systems that built up inclusive schools for all students. It can help move the fundamental structure of the education system forward toward inclusion.

(See pp. 20-21, Enabling Education Review, Issue 2, December 2013)

Look Back and Think

Assessing the inclusiveness of mainstream schools in Ghana

With all programmes and processes that aim to promote inclusive practice within educational or community settings, it is critical to look back on how well they have functioned in order to make sure the efforts are really helping children. This article explains about a monitoring tool that contains check lists to help schools self-assess their current practice of inclusive education, so they can reflect and improve.

(See pp. 26-27, Enabling Education Review, Issue 2, December 2013)

All five articles are available at http://www.eenet.org.uk/resources/eenet_newsletter/eer2/index.php

Why not visit the site and read them now! 🙂

I-Jung Lu