Opening Plenary

This year we are pleased to introduce the Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Deputy Minister for Education in Ghana as our keynote speaker.  Dr Adutwum has played a significant role in the transformation of Ghana’s Education system drawing on his vast knowledge and experience from the USA where he ran schools that transformed the lives of many disadvantaged students. In his keynote, he will highlight the practical challenges of making education systems more inclusive, solutions that have been tried, and new challenges for education leaders, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to address.   Dr Adutwum is an engaging speaker who will use his address to set the tone for discussions and debates at this year’s conference.


Nafisa Baboo will also be speaking in the session.

Nafisa is the Senior Director on Inclusive Education for Light for the World, an international Disability and Development organization (using the guiding principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as the UN SDG’s) working in 19 Low- and Middle-income countries globally. She a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist, with a Masters in Inclusive Education focused on the inclusion of blind students in regular schools.

BAICE Plenary

Anna Robinson-Pant the BAICE President will present her address ‘Inclusive education: thinking beyond systems’ on Wednesday 18th September .  Anna  is Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia. She holds the UNESCO Chair for Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation, a partnership with universities in Nepal, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Malawi and Egypt. She has worked in Nepal since 1985 in training, planning and research roles, including with VSO and ActionAid.

Closing Plenary – A future vision for inclusive education

Presentation: Andria Zafirakou: global teacher prize winner 2018 “our schools’ journey to inclusive education”

Panel discussion: What should inclusive education systems look like in the future and how do we get there?
Panellists will reflect on the conference, and give their perspectives on how education systems globally can become more inclusive.


Andria Zafirakou

Nidhi Singal (Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education, University of Cambridge )

Moses Oketch (Professor of international education policy and development at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education Director of the Centre for Education and International Development (EID)

Colin Bangay (Senior Education Advisor, DFID Sierra Leone)

Discussion facilitator: Ritula Shah, BBC

Conference closing remarks: Keith Lewin, Chair of the board of UKFIET Trustees, Emeritus Professor University of Sussex