Advancing Inclusive Education in Colombia

In the third of a new 5 part series, David Towell shares how Family Associations in Colombia are working to advance inclusive education.

Author: Monica Cortes

Introduction: David Towell

This is the third in our series of case studies on how national family associations in the field of intellectual disability are working to advance quality and inclusive education for all. So far we have heard from Peru and New Zealand, here Monica Cortes reports from Colombia.

As we have already seen, leaders of such associations need to work hard both to build their association's capacity to achieve positive change and find good ways of engaging with the education system at many levels. Monica has produced the following diagram to summarise the most important of these activities and interactions in the case of Asdown.

Monica Cortes, a mother herself and also a teacher, has been the energetic Executive Director of the Colombian family association Asdown over the past 15 years. She tells a fascinating story of civil society advocacy, starting of course from family experience but gradually finding ways to exert influence up to the levels of national government - and indeed to both learn from and contribute to international progress.

There is a lot to be learnt from Asdown's experience. 

Read and download the Colombian case study in full in English and Español, links below.

The publisher is Asdown.

Advancing Inclusive Education in Colombia © Monica Cortes 2021.

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David Towell


Director of the Centre for Inclusive Futures

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