This project is funded by the European Union - Bridging the Gap
On the occasion of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Annual General Meeting 2021, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP) and the ONCE Social Group (ONCE) held a pre-meeting session on 26 February to briefly review their contribution to inclusive development so far, as well as to outline coordinated plans and strategies for the future.
The online course "Methodologies and educational planning for teachers with visual impairment", organised by the National Federation of the Blind of Ecuador (FENCE) and the Undersecretariat of Specialised and Inclusive Education of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador in the framework of Bridging the Gap project, was launched on Wednesday 17 February.
The General Coordinator of AECID in Paraguay, Fernando Rey, presented to the authorities of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) the materials developed within the framework of Bridging the Gap to mainstream inclusive education in the country at an event held on 9 February at the Centre for Production and Support for Inclusion (CEPAI) in Asunción (Paraguay) and organised by the Ministry's General Directorate of Inclusive Education.
Bridging the Gap II operates in five partner countries. The focus is on strengthening the capacities of governments, national human rights institutions and organisations of persons with disabilities with diverse yet intertwined sector approaches:
- Burkina Faso: Universal access to healthcare
- Ecuador: Inclusive education
- Ethiopia: Livelihoods and social protection
- Paraguay: Data generation and their use in inclusive education
- Sudan: Universal access to employment
The five areas correspond to specific articles of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international instrument for the protection of the rights and promotion of the inclusion of people with disabilities.