Inclusive Education Policies for Vulnerable Children and Youth in Europe and Mexico
In an enlightening seminar held on July 14, prominent educators and researchers, Rocío García-Carrión and Dr. Pedro Flores Crespo, gathered to discuss ongoing research in Europe and Mexico concerning inclusive policies in education. The focus of the seminar was on providing equitable educational opportunities, especially for vulnerable children and youth.
Rocío García-Carrión, the Principal Investigator of SCIREARLY project, brought attention to the pressing issue of early school leaving in the European Union. While there has been commendable progress in reducing early school dropouts, Rocio highlighted the persisting differences among member countries that demand further attention.
The discussions delved into the critical utilization of scientific evidence and dialogic methodologies to design and implement effective educational policies, particularly catering to disadvantaged groups. The emphasis was on fostering collaboration and empowerment for these students, promoting their active participation in the learning process.
Dr. Pedro Flores Crespo introduced the groundbreaking “Laboratorio de Política Educativa” (LAPoE) from Mexico. LAPoE has been making strides by implementing experimental strategies in partnership with school communities. Dr. Flores Crespo emphasized the significance of considering emotional and affective dimensions when tackling educational challenges faced by students. He also stressed the importance of basing interventions on credible information and solid evidence while ensuring their scalability.
An exemplary case highlighted during the seminar was Portugal’s successful public policies in reducing early school leaving and underachievement. Portugal’s achievements provided valuable insights and inspiration for other nations seeking to address similar challenges.
The SCIREARLY project, stands as a beacon of hope. By utilizing scientific evidence and fostering collaborations with academic partners, European universities, associations, and government entities, the project aims to develop effective solutions and policies that will pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future in education.
The seminar concluded with a shared determination among participants to continue their collaborative efforts, making education accessible and empowering for all children and youth, regardless of their circumstances. The research and insights shared in this event are expected to have a far-reaching impact on shaping inclusive education policies worldwide.