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This is a reference for Borislava Daskalova

TC "Access-Inclusion-Growth"

The training activity took place
in Thessaloniki, Greece
organised by Euro-Mediterranean Center for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
1-9 September 2013

Aims & objectives

The objectives were:
• to discuss the status of the YWD as a factor affecting their social and economic rights and opportunities for inclusive growth;
• to look into the factors that cause the marginalization and lack of access of the YWD to social life, education and employment;
• to discuss the impact of disability and gender relations: the various discriminatory realities that YWD experience in the partner countries, related to poverty and marginalization, deprivation of independent living; physical and emotional abuses, sexual exploitation, labor exploitation and other exploitable situations;
• to encourage mainstream youth work and disability rights activists to work together to provide greater support for various forms of learning to participate for the YWD;
• to examine methodologies, learning principles and desired outcomes in empowering YWD to participate meaningfully in decisions about inclusion of people with disabilities and to offer a gender-sensitive focus to the relevant local, national and European policies and decisions;
• to promote youth work practices ensuring that all YWD get access to the YiA program, as well as on encouraging youth-led projects with a thematic focus on inclusive growth of the YWD.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

40 participants from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.
International team of trainers is composed of trainers from Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Italy and Armenia.

Training methods used & main activities

Using the methods of human rights education and intercultural dialogue, the TC will contribute to the personal development of participants; improve their social skills, intercultural communication and project writing and deepen their knowledge on the opportunities that the “Youth in Action” program offers to the young people.

Outcomes of the activity

Learning outcomes:
Looked into the factors that cause the marginalization and lack of access of the YWD to social life, education and employment;
Discussed the impact of disability and gender relations: the various discriminatory realities that YWD experience in the partner countries, related to poverty and marginalization, deprivation of independent living; physical and emotional abuses, sexual exploitation, labor exploitation and other exploitable situations;

Encourage mainstream youth work and disability rights activists to work together to provide greater support for various forms of learning to participate for the YWD.

Examined methodologies, learning principles and desired outcomes in empowering YWD to participate meaningfully in decisions about inclusion of people with disabilities and to offer a gender-sensitive focus to the relevant local, national and European policies and decisions.

Promoted youth work practices ensuring that all YWD get access to the YiA program, as well as on encouraging youth-led projects with a thematic focus on inclusive growth of the YWD.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full-time Trainer

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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