While developing the inclusion strategy between 2015 and 2017, it emerged that three thematic areas are particularly important when it comes to genuinely inclusive international youth work:
Depending on the societal environment in question, the expectations and realities associated with terms such as “inclusion”, “disability”, “accessibility” etc. can vary greatly. However, when planning a successful joint international youth work project, it is vital to gain consensus among all parties on the criteria and standards to be applied to the project, such as the means of communication in the run-up to the activity, accessibility of the venue, or the educational approach to be taken with participants. Well-defined criteria can help to create a strong foundation for the project as well as a common understanding among all stakeholders.
Team leaders and experts need special skills to implement inclusive international projects. Given that existing basic and advanced training curricula rarely incorporate the subject of inclusion, it may be helpful to add inclusion-related modules or formats.
All international youth projects require effective, transparent cooperation between the partner organisations and experts in the respective countries. This is particularly important when it comes to inclusive activities, since there is more to consider and discuss in advance. Moreover, disability community, disability assistance and youth work organisations will ideally also be part and parcel of the project, so any communication and collaboration must involve them, too.
Under this project, international working groups will develop hands-on concepts and instruments relating to each of these thematic areas that will be helpful to the organisations and experts involved.