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Inclusive education for special needs students, international workshop N. P. Ogarev Mordovia State University.
Inclusive education for special needs students, international workshop N. P. Ogarev Mordovia State University.

On February 25th N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University held an international workshop "Organisation of inclusive education for students with special needs". Faculty of Foreign Languages and History and Sociology Institute presented a project on inclusive education, prepared jointly with international specialists. The visiting experts from Armenia and Ireland shared their experience of such projects in the neighboring countries and the EU countries.

One of the coordinators of the project, seniour lecturer of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Olga S. Safonkina reminded the audience that since 2011 the Federal programme "Accessible Environment" has been implementing in Russia. An important part of the program - free access to educational resources. Mordovia State UniversityThe goal of the project, prepared by the University scholars in collaboration with international colleagues - to make educational resources accessible also for those who are already over the students’ age and have no plans to resume academic studies in a classical format, but eager to learn. The key role in realising this goal belongs to libraries.

Students majoring in "Library and Information Science", "Social Work", "Psychology", library staff, university professors, teachers from city high schools attended the two-day seminar in the Information Centre of M.M.Bakhtin Scholarly Library of Mordovia State University.

The first session was conducted by the Vice-Rector for International Relations of the Public Administration Academy of Armenia T.B. Kechoyan. She spoke on the implementation of international project ASPIRE, which involves universities and public organisations of Armenia, Georgia, the United Kingdom and other countries. The project participants develop academic courses to prepare instructors who will work with special needs students.

Representatives of the Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland) - Library Director J. Cavanagh, Senior Researcher P. Kirby, professor of Technische Universität Dresden G. Cullen spoke on the possibilities of organisation of inclusive education by modern libraries. In addition, the role of the mass media in covering the problems of students with special needs was discussed on this day.

Second day of the workshop was devoted to the traditions of inclusive education in higher and high schools of the European Union and the role of English in the internationalisation of inclusive education.

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