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Trinity Academic Faciliates Teacher Training Workshops on Inclusive Education in South West China

Posted on 06 July 2017

Assistant Professor Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin has facilitated the first of five workshops for the Project INCLUTE at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, South West China.  INCLUTE is the first Erasmus + programme coordinated by a Chinese University. The INCLUTE project aims to develop inclusive education through curriculum development and teacher education in China.

From June 16th to 19th, 49 university lecturers from four Chinese universities (Southwest University, Guangxi Normal University, Tibet University for Nationalities and Sichuan Normal University) gathered in Guilin to participate in the workshop entitled 'Valuing Learner Diversity'.

The workshop was assisted by Genevieve Ruiz O’Sullivan (MSc in Disability Studies graduate) and Youkun Shen (School of Social Work and Social Policy incoming PhD student). The workshop focused on inclusive education, diversity and the educator’s role in systems change. From July to September 2017, four other workshops will be delivered by the other European partners of the INCLUTE project (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and University of Bath).

INCLUTE project objectives are:
• To examine the development of inclusive practices in Chinese social and educational contexts
• To strengthen teacher's competence/skills on inclusive education in Chinese universities
• To design and develop a continuous training curriculum at post-graduate level on inclusion for primary school teachers
• To create an inclusive international education network on inclusive education

Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte is the coordinator of INCLUTE at Trinity College Dublin and she can be contacted at For more information about INCLUTE click here.

Pictured: Participants of the workshop 'Valuing Learner Diversity' at Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China