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Bild: Sabine Roßberg | Die VILLA Leipzig

VISION:INCLUSiON benefits from practical practitioners‘ experience

Our international inclusion project has been busy this summer learning more about the day-to-day work of two organisations offering inclusive activities: the sociocultural centre “Die VILLA” in Leipzig and Kreisau-Initiative.

VISION:INCLUSiON benefits from practical practitioners‘ experience

The project VISION:INCLUSiON serves to support organisations that want to make their activities more inclusive. Young people with a disability or impairment should have more opportunities to take part in international youth work activities. To this end, this year two working groups were set up consisting of international experts who will draw up a training concept for team leaders, along with a set of criteria to be met by inclusive international youth work projects.

This year, the sociocultural centre “Die VILLA” organised its very first inclusive international workcamp. Young adults from China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, France, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic worked together with a group of students from the Thonberg school for pupils with intellectual disabilities to create an accessible educational garden on an existing site. They were aided by staff from the inclusive horticultural association “gemeinsam grün e.V.”. If the enthusiasm of the participants is anything to go by, this will not have been the last inclusive workcamp – everyone agreed that this was a great shared success. 

In September 2019, Kreisau-Initiative and members of its international network organised their third inclusive camp on the Greek island of Thassos. Headlined “Building Bridges goes Greece”, around 90 young people from Poland, Greece, Ukraine, Estonia, Romania, the Czech Republic and Germany travelled to Greece to work on diversity-related issues. For some in the group, which was made up of participants with and without impairments, this was their first time in a foreign country.

As different as the two activities were, they each delivered valuable insights for the VISION:INCLUSiON project, ranging from organisational issues relating to accessibility to the question of what kind of qualifications team leaders need in these settings. These and other insights will be discussed at the next meeting of the international working groups on 5 and 6 December 2019 in Berlin.

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