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nasen leads global inclusion agenda at Expo Dubai 2020 – join the debate!

08 Dec 2021|12:00

nasen’s global arm, nasen International is leading a Virtual “In the Future… How Will We Learn?” Summit at the Expo Dubai 2020 on Friday 10th December 2021 (11.30-12.30 UK-GMT: 15.30-16.30 UAE-GST) to galvanise worldwide change for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Teachers, educators and wider individuals and organisations that share a passion for inclusion are invited to join the Meeting the Needs of Every Child Summit for free. 

The Summit will explore why governments should invest in inclusion, the principals and features of an education workforce that can deliver the ambition and vision for inclusion and how governments can grow the competence and confidence of inclusive educators.

nasen CEO, Annamarie Hassall MBE will chair the Expo 2020 Meeting the Needs of Every Child Summit discussion during Education Week. Summit panellists include:

  • Nehad Alhemeiri, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Community Development providing the virtual keynote address.*
  • Danielle Brown MBE, two-time Paralympic gold medallist in archery, children’s author and patron of nasen
  • Marcus Wilton, inspirational youth speaker, and winner of the nasen Young Person of the Year Award in 2020 
  • Fatima Aljasim, UAE Youth Representative
  • Professor Eman Gaad, Academic, Researcher & Consultant at The British University in Dubai, and renowned scholar of Special and Inclusive Education.

nasen CEO, Annamarie Hassall, MBE, said:

“We do not yet live in a world where education is inclusive and accessible to all children and young people. The Expo 2020 Dubai is an unprecedented opportunity to bring ways that governments and leaders across the globe can commit to inclusion and equity in education to the fore. By leading this Summit on the journey towards inclusion, and introducing our work to global leaders, we will raise awareness about special educational needs and disabilities, challenging misconceptions and low aspirations at every level.

"We are thrilled to represent the UK special educational support offer to schools and educators globally. Our aim to galvanise them to improve their provision through high quality, accessible teaching so that we can inspire lasting change for children and young people, whatever their needs and wherever they are based.”

Danielle Brown MBE, Double Paralympic gold medallist, inclusion champion and nasen patron said:

“Inclusion is a global matter and it’s important that it’s championed on an international stage, because we can achieve so much more when we collaborate, co-create and share best practices. 
I am very proud to be a patron of nasen and to be involved in their work to level up education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

"Such support makes a huge difference to children and young people, not just on their educational experiences, but also directly impacting their future life chances. For me personally, changing the way we see additional needs and disability, and focusing on what a person can do rather than what they can’t, is a good starting point to changing mindsets and garnering stronger commitment to inclusion”.

The Summit forms part of nasen International’s work providing trusted counsel and support for the international community. Through thought leadership, industry leadership and working in partnership with schools, nasen international works side-by-side with those leading and working in educational worldwide to sustainably transform outcomes for children and young people. 

To register to join the Summit for free, click the link here.**

To celebrate the theme of In the Future…How Will We Learn? we are inviting individuals and organisations to share their thoughts on LinkedIn @the-national-association-for-special-educational-needs-nasen, Twitter @nasen_org and Facebook 

Share with us your views on how you think we will learn in the future and include the following hashtags #Wewilllearn #UKPavilion2020 #Expo2020 so we can celebrate these more widely with our UK and international communities.

To download the official press release, see below.


*Updated 10th Dec - was H.E. Hessa bint Essa Buhamaid, United Arab Emirates Minister of Community Development providing the virtual keynote address. Now replaced by Nehad Alhemeiri, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Community Development.

** This link provides registration and access for the entire ‘How Will We Learn?’ virtual Summit programme (9th – 11th December), including the nasen-led Meeting the Needs of Every Child Summit. Please complete the short form to receive a confirmation booking link. This will be sent from and any questions about access can be sent to

nasen International Expo Dubai 2020 release FINAL 08.12.21

nasen International Expo Dubai 2020 release FINAL 10.12.21.pdf