As per the European Disability Forum, nearly 15% of the population, around 80 million Europeans have disabilities. Disability conditions are varied and can be one or a combination of several impairments such as physical, behavioural, mental, emotional, sensory or developmental. These impairments may be present from birth or develop during lifetime of the individual, as in most cases. Disability can restrict the quality of life, especially when compounded by social, environmental and attitudinal barriers. Disabled individuals needs informed assistance, support, guidance and counselling from their carers. Depending on the type of disability, the carer may be a member of the family or medical institution(e.g physical disability) or educational institution(e.g learning disability) or workplace(e.g stress related disability). These carers are vital to the disabled individuals as they help them accept and overcome their limitations in an informed manner and enable them to achieve their best potential. Role of carers is also extremely crucial in identifying and diagnosing a disability and addressing it in a time-sensitive manner before disability causes damaging side effects- for e.g a school teacher who identifies a learning disability in a child, can help the child by assisting his education through specialised programs thus enabling the child to have equal opportunities at education. At work place, an informed and trained manager can identify stress related disability and help the individual diverting further complications such a trauma, depression amongst others.
TUEB previous projects have revealed that well informed, trained skilled and experienced carers are urgently needed. Carers and others directly interacting with the disabled are lacking expertise in handling varying situations and are often feel perplexed, ill-prepared and disillusioned. There is a pressing need of individuals who have the skills to identify and address various forms of disability such as informed teachers, workplace managers or health care workers. European youth need to train and develop on these valuable vocational skills and make intangible contributions to the society. By training in other European countries, learners have the opportunity to learn new languages, exposed to different cultures and acquire new competencies through education and training which enhances their employability across Europe. By enabling individuals to hone their vocational skills as carers, we will make further progress towards making the disabled more socially included, which is a key European Priority.
This new project will develop a template to address the educational, training and employment needs of carers and trainers of disabled people. Families who have disabled people are often isolated from conventional educational settings, cannot access training, education or paid employment due the nature of the situation. Trained carers will be in a better position to facilitate the disabled person achieve increased independence, autonomy of their life choices and will be exposed to more employment prospects and eventually feel more included in the society.
One of the aims of the project is to propagate the infrastructure to formulate and replicate emergence of carers-led organisations that develop their own training opportunities and services in partnership with experts in the field of health, education and social care. Carers are invaluable working partners whose expertise is often not used or even recognised and unfortunately have become an invisible workforce. The project methodology of working will help transform the lives of disabled people and their carers and families by applying the core principal of person-centred development of services in health education and social care.
We will ensures that a strong foundation of information, training and guidance is developed to meet the unique needs of the various disability groups. It will deliver the projects aims drawing on experience, learning outcomes, competency frameworks, quality assurance and evaluation for the transnational steering groups.
Mapping Local Gaps and Progress
Development of carers and families and professional training packages
Develop Information Products and Online Forum
Empower local groups to shape and deliver services
Build sustainable partnership between carers, local governments and professionals from health education and social care
Carers feel better supported
Disabled person is better assisted and eventually enabled to be more participative and included in society
Empower all parties to challenge prejudice
We will address the educational and training of carers and attendants of disabled people and improve their employability across Europe, eventually improving the lives of the disabled in a more informed and effective fashion.
In recent years, the EU countries have experienced a number of economic and social crisis without precedent, made more obvious and heavy by what happens at European borders, that is, by the constant migration of millions of refugees fleeing from wars in the Middle East and Africa.
Emergencies created by that situation highlighted the inadequacy, both by private organizations or public authorities across Europe, to deal with this new phenomenon and to address appropriately the needs of groups of people who suffer most from the general crisis. Even though the ideals of hospitality and solidarity represent the cornerstones of European societies and the pillars on which more than sixty years ago the European Union took its first steps, today this ideals are strongly challenged.
Migrants and refugees reach the European borders after a dramatic “journey of hope”, bringing expectations of a better life and easy integration but they do not receive the expected answers. One of the main problems they meet is the difficulty in finding a job, a basic need, from which the future life of those people depends. To support migrants to address the barriers they face in seeking and obtaining employment is essential for both migrants and the new home countries, also affected by this situation, since it produces, inactivity, the increases in public spending due to the cost of each immigrant housed in accommodation centres (instead of being inserted into society) inadequate use of working resources and, last but not least disturbing phenomenon, a pool of cheap labor that criminal organizations can use as laborers.
Given this context, we will consider the role played by the operators working with migrants in contributing to their work placement. Indeed, it has become very clear the inadequacy of these professionals, mainly due to their lack of professionalization.
This proposal aims to contribute to changing this situation through a series of activities aimed at improving the skills of the operators – social workers and cultural mediators- that interact with migrants and deal with their job inclusion.
Specifically, it focuses on the development, testing and transfer of a certificate training course, called “Mediator and social worker 2.0”, to be hosted on a open source web platform, freely accessible by all those involved, at a European level.
It is possible to synthesize the main needs/problems as follows:
Powerlessness of European societies to address migrants needs at their arrival
Difficulties in labour insertion of immigrants upon arrival in Europe
Inadequacy of the social workers and cultural mediators competencies
Rise of unemployment and inactivity and increase in public expenditure
Inadequate use of working resources
In response to the problems identified, the project pursues the following objectives:
• Improving the capacity of public and private organizations to respond to the needs of migrants and refugees
• Increasing the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, in particular immigrants, into the host society
• Decreasing in the rate of inactivity of the same groups
• The possibility to “take advantage” of the experiences and skills of immigrants
The purpose of the project is “the development and strengthening of the competences of organizations and professionals who deal with immigrants’ work inclusion”
The target groups addressed are: migrants, refugees, cultural mediators and social workers.
The answer to the question of the transnationality comes natural from the observation that the constant migration towards European borders is a problem interesting and affecting all the EU nations. Stressing that “no country can do it alone, and no country can refuse to do its part”, the only way to solve this problem is for the Union and all member states to implement a common strategy, based on responsibility, solidarity and trust; therefore the transnational approach is the only one possible, the way for the European Union to mobilize full force around this crisis and welcome the refugee families that disembark in Europe after having lost everything into a safe and caring environment.
This is what we aim for Europe to achieve in the near future, but we have to start somewhere and that why we came up with the HIP project.
The main innovative aspect of HIP Project is its pragmatic approach to language learning due to the focus on the actual social situation and on the labour market integration. As the learning time of the target groups is limited, it is necessary to be pragmatic: content-wise as well as media-wise.
First of all the vocabulary has to be oriented at the context(s) of usage of the learner. This implies that further stakeholder particularly (potential) employers have to be included in the process of the ‘course’ development. Such an approach goes further than usual content related language learning (CRLL).
Second the grammar does not need to be oriented to proper written language but to basic communication. While learning correct grammar structures can be very time consuming, it can be much more effective to focus on (oral) understanding.
Third the scheduling of learning has to optimized, i.e. learning has to take part also in course of day without the physical presence of teacher. This can be achieved by tools for mobile learning. Most often the hardware (mobile phones) is available also to the target groups.
This pragmatic or contextual approach builds on results of BeE, a multilateral project carried out by P2 from 2012 to 2014. A main conclusion was to use existing competences and situational learning opportunities in order to motivate the learner and to help him/her to take adequate decisions for the further ‘career’. For his BeE developed guidelines and materials for teachers to assess existing competences and situational learning opportunities.
accordingly mobile learning
Project HIP will also build on the different experiences of the partners with second language and mobile learning.
The project partners have been chosen on the basis of the competences matured in European projects and of the experiences they have got in the areas of the migrants and refugees’ integration. Another important aspect is the experience some partners have in the delivering of projects that helps socially excluded people to be included in the education system and in the job market.
In details, every partner will bring its specific experience to the project:
The Coordinator TUEB, beside having both international and European experience, within the Erasmus Plus Programme and many LdV Mobility, is specialized in the implementation of e-learning platforms and has created and lead learning modules for education institutions (such as schools, adult education centres, Universities, NGO’s, VET, etc.). TUEB is also highly experienced deliverer of European funded projects helping socially excluded people into education, training and work; their past projects have been held up as exemplars of good practice in the U.K.
Archivio della Memoria is active in several projects concerning the social and economical crisis in Europe and has worked in several urban and extra urban contest in Italy and in Africa. It has carried out several quantitative and qualitative surveys in most of cases to find concrete solutions to poverty, social marginalization, unemployment.
CO.RI.S.S. has got a specific experience in the area of the services for immigrant people, because it runs three centres that are a part of the Italian System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Furthermore, the co-operative has carried out a vocational training course for Cultural Mediator.
Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation, while defending the biodiversity of the eastern Mediterranean, it works in a highly risky area, where refugees arrive almost everyday.
German offers E-Learning solutions contextualized to the needs of the customers in an environment of collaboration and respect for the optimization of the professional performance and training. This is supported by a Pedagogical and Technological Know-How that contributes to the development of a creative, educational process. In this sense, this company offers some programmes and online courses specialised on both skills – for SMEs and enterpreneurs- accesible through its Virtual Campus, which has been approved by the Regional Government as a Virtual Training Centre for Employnment, besides the organisation Collaborative Entity in Training for Employnment in the discipline of e-learning.
UHBODER has deep Project management experiences. They managed many EU and National Project to strengthen the education and to develop HR in the system. Also, study analysis, creating learning modules ,monitoring and evaluation are the main qualifications of organization.
All the listed competences will be put at the project’s disposal and will be necessary in order to manage the project’s activities in the most suitable and effective way
As it has been written, the partnership involve organizations that have been previously involved in several European projects, and this has been one of the criteria to choose the partners
Tasks and responsabilities will be distributed according to the principle of equality in the participation of all partners. Since all institutions have their specific competences, the tasks will be assigned mainly on the basis of these and should be fulfilled by them during the project.