Project „Inclusive school in inclusive society” (May 1, 2007– March, 2008).
The aim of the Project was to put into practice the values of inclusive society in the schools of Latvia, to decrease discrimination and intolerance, to promote the mutual understanding and cooperation among different the social groups in the educational institutions in Latvia and the local community. The project implemented the introduction and approbation of The Index for Inclusive education in pilot general comprehensive schools. The Index for Inclusive education is the methodology that has been developed in the United Kingdom and approbated in several countries and which helps schools to develop in inclusive schools and inclusive communities, which in their development are based on the values of the inclusive society. Thus as the result of the project the ideas of inclusive education have been approbated and used in 25 educational institutions of Latvia while implementing the first stage of The Index for Inclusive education: to evaluate the activities of the school and to summarize the best practice, which corresponds the principles of the inclusive school. The project approbated The Index for Inclusive education as an instrument; it also summarized the first experience in the work with The Index for Inclusive education in Latvian conditions. The funders of the project - the British Council (BC) Latvia, the State Agency for assessing the quality of general education, EDC.
Project „The INDEX for Inclusive education – the adjustment of methodological material for introduction in Latvia” (June – December, 2008).
The aim of the project – on the basis of implementing and approbating the values of inclusive society in the educational institutions of Latvia and local community, to adapt the publication of the CSIE (Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education) “INDEX for Inclusive Education” according to basic regulations of Latvian education. The Index has been worked out as a supplementary tool for establishing inclusive schools. It is an all-embracing document, which can help anyone to choose the most appropriate next step for developing the inclusive environment. When developing these materials, the attention was paid to the fact how to apply the existing knowledge and experience more successfully. The Index supports the development of any kind of school and makes schools perform the analysis of their work; however, within this work the word ‘school’ means “inclusive school”. The funder of the project – the British Council (BC) in Latvia.