Inclusive Education South Africa is a registered non-profit organisation. It has promoted and supported inclusive education practices in South Africa since 1995.

We believe that an inclusive education system is one that acknowledges the diversity of its learner population – differences in learning styles, needs and objectives – and which is sufficiently flexible, supportive and co-operative to accommodate the diversity. It is a system that truly recognises and responds to the fact that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and might experience barriers to effective learning at times.

Our primary aim is to promote and support the development of more inclusive practices in ordinary pre-schools and schools and to foster increased support of children with learning difficulties, disabilities or other special needs.

The key to successful inclusion lies in addressing the needs of the education system/setting, to ensure that the needs of the learner are met, rather than focussing on the learner needing to fit into the system.

– Promoting Learner Development, Engelbrecht and Green, 2001