PERU – Scoping Mission
Partner Organization: Sociedad Peruana de Sindrome de Down (SPSD)

Sociedad Peruana de Sindrome de Down (SPSD) requested 4 days of technical support from Catalyst for Inclusive Education to support their efforts to strengthen the Ministry of Education in the implementation of inclusive education in Peru’s national education system, through technical support and training for decision makers in education policy and directors of inclusive education institutions at the national, regional, and local levels.

The Peru scoping mission included technical expert participation in a national training conference for directors and policymakers, principals and teachers, organized by the Ministry; technical support to families organized by SPSD; and technical support to private school educators organized by SPSD.

At the Ministry conference, members of the Catalyst global and regional teams took part in plenary and panel discussions on topics such as: the CRPD, General Comment 4, and the SDG as a frame to inclusive education; the role of directors, school principals and teachers; and, recognizing the value of communities and the links between education and employment for people with disability.

The Ministry in Peru is aiming to develop an Education Policy in Inclusive Education by end of year, and is committed to developing a common understanding and basic knowledge around inclusive education.

Catalyst continues to support SPSD to facilitate conversations around challenges, strengths and possibilities of working with civil society, universities, and researchers in the field of education to improve the quality of the education policy to come, and to support the Ministry by providing additional technical support.