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Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project series “(Enabling) encounter – (Experiencing) diversity – (Understanding) inclusion” combines the qualification of youth workers for inclusive international education projects with the organization of five inclusive German-Polish youth encounters, each including 24 youngsters. Background The project is located at the interface of inclusive education and transcultural encounter: the primary goal is the qualification of youth workers in the organization and facilitation of inclusive international encounters. In addition to that, there will be a focus on comprehensive empowerment of disadvantaged and disabled youth and their equal societal participation in education and professional life. Thus, the project directly addresses the objective of the EU Youth Action Plan to foster social integration. Regarding transcultural professional qualification the project furthermore promotes the key skill to be active and responsible on an international level. The young people become interested in language learning and other mobile learning and work experiences. Moreover, through the elimination of prejudice a positive understanding of diversity and European cohesion is conveyed and actively promoted. Goals The goals of the project can be summarized as follows: • Training of youth workers in the facilitation of inclusive international encounters (A1, A6, A8) • Promoting dialogue between youth from Germany and Poland as well as diversity as an opportunity for change (A2, A5) • Promoting “Fair Play” and fair way of behaving (A3, A4) • Smooth transitions into vocations in the field of wood crafts; promoting employability through empowerment: strengthening the young people in their career planning through practical experiences of success and new learning experiences (A7) • Promoting self-confidence as well as international decision-making and responsibility competence of disadvantaged and disabled young people through the integration of these target groups in international youth exchange (A2-A5, A7) • Create transcultural encounters to encourage teamwork, participation and democratic decision-making processes (A2-A5, A7) Project Implementation The mobility projects for youth workers and youngsters will take place between February and November 2015 in the international youth education center in Kreisau / Krzyżowa. Number and Profile of the Participants The training includes 16 youth workers from Germany and Poland. The youth encounters will bring together 24 young persons of different age from each country – Germany and Poland. They can come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and / or have disabilities. The goal is to include young people with diverse backgrounds. Achievements, Impacts and Long-term Benefits The project makes inclusive vocational education possible and will be a formative step in the biographies of all participants. As a result, the multiplier effect is guaranteed. The action-oriented and open-ended pedagogical approach will motivate the participants to take their professional future into their own hands.
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