The Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) organised a workshop, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training of Djibouti, at the People’s Palace for the teachers and practitioners who had participated to a Balanced and Inclusive Education pilot project in 2019 and early 2020.
The aim of the workshop was to receive the insights and recommendations of the protagonists of the pilot project on the integration of BIE into the national educational system of Djibouti. These recommendations will be integrated by the OEC Preparatory Committee in the first programmes proposal to the Organisation’s General Assembly.
In his opening address, OEC’s Secretary-General-elect, H.E. Manssour Bin Mussallam, expressed his appreciation to the pilot project participants for their participation and their commitment to incorporate BIE into existing teaching curricula and programs. He emphasised the role of teachers as the vanguard for the just, equitable social transformation, through balanced and inclusive education, for which the OEC was founded. He reiterated the Organisation’s determination to support Djibouti in the alignment of education policies and practices with the collective aspiration for balanced and inclusive education and development.
For his part, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, H.E. Moustapha Mohamed Mahmoud, expressed to the commitment of his Ministry to build on this pilot experience to achieve its vision of a balanced and inclusive education system, reflecting the vision and the commitments made in the Universal Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE).
The BIE pilot project was initiated in October 2019, before the creation of the OEC and the adoption of the UDBIE, by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training of the Republic of Djibouti and the Education Relief Foundation, at six Djiboutian schools in Djibouti City and the surrounding area (4 urban, 1 peri-urban and 1 rural) that encompassed the participation of teachers, assessors, head teachers, educational advisors and members of the joint technical committee on education.
The workshop concluded with an award ceremony during which OEC’s Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, H.E. Mohamed Abdallah Mayoub, presented a certificate to the 75 participants in recognition of their participation in the BIE pilot project.