The Inclusionist is an Erasmus+ youth project financed by the European Union. There are five countries participating: Albania, Italy, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.
The aim of the project is to create a partnership between public and private organizations, experienced in working with youth with disabilities (YwD) and youth with fewer opportunities (YwFO), so that partners can carry out activities and develop comprehensive methodological tools of inclusive education adapted to these categories. Some of the partners are also experienced in adaptive sport activities that will share their experience with the others.
To achieve its aim, the project will have two main activities: a training course and a youth exchange.
The first main activity, the training course, takes place in Cluj-Napoca and the mountain resort Băișoara (West-Carpathian Mountains), Romania, starting on November 2 and ending on November 9, 2019 (travel days included).
The second main activity is a youth exchange that will take place in Durres, Albania between April 25 and May 3, 2020, travel days included.
Objectives of the project:
- Sharing and developing methods to enhance the social inclusion of 10 YwD and 10 YwFO coming from 5 different countries (Romania, Serbia, Italy, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia) through non-formal learning and adaptive sport within a 7 day youth exchange held in Tirana;
- Developing the capacities of 25 youth workers from the 5 different countries to address YwD and YwFO as specific targets within a 7 day training course in the inclusive education field held in Cluj-Napoca and Băișoara, Romania;
- Enhancing the self-esteem, pro-activeness, acquiring soft and transversal skills of 10 YwD, 10 YwFO and 10 non-disabled/non-marginalized youth coming from 5 different countries through non-formal learning and adaptive sport;
- Raising awareness about inclusion of marginalized youth among 25 youth workers;
- Promoting the international mobility of 30 young people, out of which 20 are marginalized youth from 5 different countries inside and outside the Erasmus+ programme.
(a) The training course is addressing the needs of youth workers and youth leaders with and without disabilities. 25 youth workers (5/country), age 18+ and 5 accompanying persons (1/country), age 18+, will attend the activity. Out of the total number of participants there will be:
- 5 youth workers (1/country), age 18+, fully disabled (sensory) who cannot attend independently the activity, cannot travel alone and cannot access materials, and free time without their personal assistant, so we count 5 personal assistants (1/country), age 18+;
- 20 youth workers (4/country) with fewer opportunities such as Roma community, abandoning the schools, rural areas, economically disadvantaged (unemployed parents and low incomes).
The youth exchange is addressing the needs of youth with disabilities, those with fewer opportunities and without disability.
30 youngsters, age 17-25 (6/country), 5 youth leaders, age 18+ (1/country) and 5 accompanying persons (1/country), age 18+, will attend the activity. Out of the total number of 40 participants there will be:
- 10 youngsters (2/country), age 17-25, fully disabled (physical or sensory) who cannot attend independently the activity, cannot travel alone and cannot access materials, and free time without their personal assistant, so we count 5 personal assistants (1/country), age 18+;
- 10 youngsters with fewer opportunities (2/country), age 17-25. These youngsters should face economic or social or geographical obstacles;
- 10 youngsters without disabilities or fewer opportunities (2/country), age 17-25;
- 5 youth leaders (1/country), age 18+. These will be selected from the youth workers who attended the training course in Romania (November 2019);
- 5 accompanying persons (1/country), age 18+.
The selection of all participants is based on their motivation and relevant experience. There will be a common application form for all partners. Each partner organization is responsible to identify and select participants by a set of common criteria.
All project activities are based on non-formal education methods and tools (working groups, debriefings, free discussions, role plays, workshops, teambuilding exercises, games, energizers, reflections, study visits, presentations etc.), which encourage active participation of each participant in the sessions. The whole learning methodology will be adapted to the needs of all the participants and will be inclusive with regard of the disabled ones. The two trainers will choose those methods and tools, which involve equally and actively each participant.