Cuba to Host 12th World Meeting on Special Education

HAVANA, June 10 (Prensa Latina) — Cuba will host the 12th World Meeting on Special Education and Attention to Diversity on June 11-13, which will include several forums on the issue.

On the sidelines of the event, to run at the Havana Convention Center, the 6th International Congress on Education and Special Pedagogy, the third Symposium on Elementary Education and the 6th International Workshop on Educational Inclusion, Accesibility and Attention to Diversity will be held.

The purpose is to improve the area of special education based on inclusion and acknowledge of diversity, according to head of the Latin American Center of Reference for Special Education, Santiago Borges.

The importance to improve the school as a space for social participation will be assessed in these meetings, with attendance confirmed by specialists from Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Panama and Colombia and the host, Cuba.

Experts will include doctors, psychologists and other health professionals from specialties linked to people with special needs.

President of the World Association of Special Education, Orlando Terre, told journalists recently that the holding of this event in Cuba is in recognition of advances in this field. Access to special education is a right for Cubans, with the national system involving the family and the communities.

The meeting in Havana is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Latin American System of Reference for Special Education and the International Association of Special Education.