On the eve of the International Day of People with Disability, President’s wife Maryna Poroshenko took part in the panel discussion “Reform of healthcare, education and social services for children with disabilities: Canada’s experience”.
The discussion was joined by Commissioner for the Rights of Children and Youth, Attorney General of Ontario Province Irwin Elman, Ontario MP, expert on children's rights, adoption, early intervention and inclusive education Marie Bountrogianni, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Policy and NGO members.
Maryna Poroshenko stressed that the issue of integrated education in Ukraine was under its special care: “Within two months, we’ve been working out a roadmap of changes in the Ukrainian education. In particular, we organized a round table discussion and initiated working groups on the elaboration of proposals to the draft Law of Ukraine "On Education" in terms of inclusive education. In addition, actively study the international experience that can become a model for education reform in Ukraine”.
In the course of the meeting, the parties discussed the issue of compliance with the rights of children with special needs in Ukraine. Guests from Canada shared their experience in the establishment and development of inclusive education and the introduction of early intervention.
Commissioner for the Rights of Children and Youth in Ontario Province Irwin Elman emphasized that the main thing for children with disability was to become visible for public: “In Ukraine, I see a strong desire to live and work in another dimension; you have the potential to create a decent future for special children”.
Ontario MP Marie Bountrogianni stressed that the reform of education in Canada had also started with such panel discussions and dialogue between the authorities, NGOs and business. “We should realize that each of stands at a distance of a car accident or a case of meningitis from potential disability. This understanding helped Canadians consolidate efforts in this direction and adopt respective law for the sake of our children and grandchildren”.