Esteemed Ladies, Esteemed Gentlemen, Honored Guests,
I sincerely welcome you to Prague for this international conference about inclusive education. I am very glad to give this event my auspices, as educating all children together is a big topic for the Czech schools.
In my function as Education Minister I have known from the beginning that I would have both my adversaries and my advocates. I believe, however, that through this conference we will convince many people that we want to aid all children who have any kind of special educational needs. What is important is that children who are less gifted, who live with health disabilities or disadvantages, as well as children who are exceptionally talented, should all be naturally included among their age groups at school.
I believe that through the common work done by nonprofit organizations, parents, teachers and all who are interested in successfully educating our children, we will achieve this aim. Let’s get rid once and for all of our concerns about the unknown, our fear of differences, and our prejudices. Let’s do it as the World Roma Festival KHAMORO has managed to do it for almost 20 years, one component of which is this conference. I wish all of the organizers and participants in our conference a great deal of success with their demanding work.