Twenty-five years after the Salamanca Declaration, education sector actors met in Cali, Colombia last September to review progress on inclusion and equity in education.
Organized by UNESCO, the Cali Forum aimed to reflect on the impact of the Salamanca Declaration, discuss next steps to move education forward towards greater equity and inclusion and secure renewed commitment from all stakeholders.
From the outset of the Forum it was apparent there are different interpretations and definitions of inclusive education and inclusion in national frameworks. In most cases, the emphasis is on the recognition of specific groups while others address inclusive education in a broader sense. This diversity of definitions has varying effects on the direction of policies and legal frameworks in different countries.