Education & Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is the process of improving the terms for individuals and groups to take part in society.  The international concerns about social inclusion has emerged in response to the challenges posed by persistent and increasing marginalisation, discrimination, and exclusion of vulnerable groups in all societies. Poverty, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, place of residence, disability status, age, HIV/AIDS status, sexual orientation or other stigmatised markers, confer disadvantage that excludes people from a range of processes and opportunities. Social inclusion becomes central as affirmative action to change the circumstances and habits that lead to social exclusion.

In the discussions of the dynamics of  social inclusion and exclusion education appears as central and playing a complex role, and the importance of reinforcing education as an effective vehicle for overcoming marginalisation and enhancing inclusion is highlighted.

Social inclusion is one of the central areas of NIRAS Indevelop. The work developed in this area is based on the society point of view that the focus on adolescents and young people, education, skills development and employment has positive impact on social integration and social stability, the health situation and on the overall economic development. Thus NIRAS Indevelop’s work in the area of social inclusion adopts a lifelong perspective and covers policy dialogue, improvement of structures and governance and linkages to sector policies such as health, education, vocational education and skills, and employment promotion.