A Free Toolkit for Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environments: Embracing Diversity

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This Toolkit will be especially valuable for teachers who are working in schools that are beginning to change into more child-centred and learning-friendly environments, possibly due to reforms introduced by the Ministry of Education, a non-governmental organization (NGO), or another project.

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It provides you with useful tools to make your schools and classrooms more welcoming and lively places of learning for ALL children and teachers alike; places that are not only child-friendly but also teacher-friendly, parent-friendly, and community-friendly. This Toolkit contains a set of resource materials that you can use to think about your own situation and to start taking action by using some tools that have proven successful elsewhere, or by giving you ideas about what similar activities you can undertake. All of the Booklets in this Toolkit present ideas you can try.

This Toolkit, however, is not a definitive textbook, and it will not have an answer for every problem that you might face. To help you as much as possible, at the end of each Booklet we have also included lists of other resources you might find valuable. Please remember, however, that creating an inclusive, learning-friendly environment is a process, a journey. There are no set paths or ready-made “quick fix” solutions to follow. It is largely a process of self-discovery. It takes time to build this new kind of environment. But since “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” this Toolkit will help you take the first step, and then the second, third, fourth, and so on. Since you and your students will always be learning new things, it will never be finished. Yet, it will provide an ongoing challenge as well as enduring satisfaction to students, teachers, administrators, special educators, parents, and the community.

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