The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities created a legal basis for an inclusive education system and for the participation in society of all individuals. International youth work has an important role to play in making inclusion a reality. In fact, it benefits from inclusion itself in many ways:

  • The educational rewards of international projects can be enjoyed by all young people and enables them to participate in society.
  • Inclusion enriches the international youth work community and its activities. This benefits all stakeholders, whether organisations, experts, or participants with and without a disability.
  • Inclusion becomes part of the socio-political mission. Diversity in these non-formal settings is perceived as positive – an experience that participants absorb, that becomes part of their daily lives, and that helps to bring about social change.

Between 2015 and 2017, representatives of the international youth work community and disability organisations, researchers and administrators collaborated on developing an inclusion strategy specifically for international youth work. This strategy showcases approaches that organisations can use to shape their international youth work and learning mobility activities in such a way that they become accessible to all young people, including those with a disability or impairment.

Until 2020, the VISION:INCLUSiON strategy will be given an international outlook and a wider scope. In order to design successful inclusive projects, the partners in international exchange projects have to find a common goal and common criteria. They have to reflect on the desired objectives and examine their stance towards participants with impairment. This requires building a relationship that is based on trust. Furthermore it must be ensured that team leaders are qualified and well-prepared for the task.
The group work will serve to draw up concepts and instruments to support the work of the organisations and the whole working field. A first session took place in June 2019 and a 3rd will follow in 2020.
This 2nd session (05.-06.12.2019) will build on the results of the session in June and is still open to new interested experts and practitioners from the field. It is recommended to participate in the following session in order to help shaping the whole process.

English, Sign Language (on request)

Participation is free of charge. Neither is there a charge for documents, accommodation, food and beverages during the day.
Financial assistance with travel expenses is available in exceptional cases and by prior arrangement. Please contact us in advance.

To register, please fill in the online form.
Deadline is 8 November 2019.

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