Training Pogramme of ‘Education of Educators’ in University of Zagreb, Croatia, 7th November to 11th November 2022

The training programme ‘Education of Educators’ organized by the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia was held from the 7 th to 11 th of November 2022 for the local partner universities of ‘Developing Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities in Sri Lankan Universities (IncEdu). Being a university with an advanced system of support for students with disabilities, the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Zagreb fulfilled the mission of the programme to the fullest immersing all local project partners in the comprehensive disability support system they have developed for SWDs. Having designed a programme enriched with both theoretical and hands-on training, the trainers were able to deliver the intricacies of Inclusive Education that the participants too realized the way forward in their own contexts. Ethical issues in working with students with disabilities, University of Zagreb’s Offfice for students with disabilities and the support system for SWDs in the Republic of Croatia, Presentment of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Person with Disabilities and Situation with students with disabilities in higher education and the visit to their Teaching and Clinical Centre for Disability Support in the university premises were only a few of such aspects covered. Each session with a practical garnish provided enlightening inputs to analyze one’ own context in terms of Inclusive Education. The participants were able to witness the culmination of the Croatian system of support for SWDs in the empowerment and autonomy of SWDs displayed in their speeches which sounded very satisfying. The training programme ‘Education of Educators’ which is to be held in the University of Peradeniya in December 2022 where the trained participants have to train their academic and non- academic staff members along with the said trainers was the last phase of the programme that marked the end of a very satisfying training programme.