Resources for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality
Start date: Nov 1, 2015,
End date: Oct 31, 2017
The EU has developed a clear mandate to encourage social inclusion as set out in the EU Youth strategy, the Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and the Europe 2020 Strategy including the EU2020 European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.
Equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity is also seen as key principles that many youth workers adhere to. As a result of such strategic, policy and professional direction for equality, inclusion and diversity to be a clear focus of practice, there is a need for educators, trainers and practitioners to continue exploring effective ways to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and experience in order to meet the challenges that such a drive for these agendas reveals.
This project aims to provide a means for youth work educators, trainers and practitioners to develop both products and processes that will support further the development of youth work practice that is inclusive, diverse and which promotes equality of opportunity.
The primary objectives are to produce a network of partners and thus a community of practice across the partners involved in the project in order to develop knowledge and skills related to develop quality youth work practice. Such a community will then develop a toolbox of resources that includes:
- Good practice examples across the partners
- Specific resources for youth work practitioners to use
- A university education module to be used with youth practitioners
- Training outlines that can be used by training providers
- Learning that organisations and individuals have developed through the process
Through this project further learning is expected to occur across the partners which is also of great importance such as intercultural competence, EU citizenship, professional linkages, mobility of youth workers and the development of specific skills.
The primary target for the RIDE outputs are university staff and students in youth work, youth work training organisations and learners, and youth work practitioners. Representing these groups, approximately 500 individuals will participate directly in activities of the project. It is conservatively estimated that a further 10,000 will benefit indirectly.
The following activities will take place:
- A needs analysis report that will assess the relevant issues of inclusivity, diversity and equality
- A principles and approaches report which will explore the rationale in each partner county as to why those involved in youth work should adopt an approach which is inclusive, diverse and equal
- A good practice directory will be developed with links to examples of good practice linked to work that is inclusive, diverse and based on equality of opportunity so that projects developing such an approach can discuss common issues
- A practice resource will be developed which contains links to current resources available to youth practitioners and further resources produced so that youth practitioners will feel further equipped to tackle challenges that prevent approaches based on inclusion, diversity and equality
- A resource for educators and trainers will be developed that supports work for youth work students and current practitioners. Part of this resource will be links to existing resources, a new university based module, trainer resources and captured learner journeys to inspire continual professional development
The approach will be participative involving partners and relevant practitioners and organisations in order to define the issues, develop a rationale and suitable resources that will further support them.
The results will be a community of practice which will have developed a toolbox of resources to support youth work that is inclusive, diverse and equal. The impact will be an increase in confidence of youth workers to tackle situations which are challenging, and further understanding the importance of practicing in such a way and will extensively use the resources to support their work. Furthermore, the fact that educator and trainers will have resources aims to ensure that more youth workers and equipped with the knowledge and skills that they require. Supported by the learning journeys continual professional practice will be stressed so that ultimately the quality of youth work will rise.
As a result of the case studies and directories developed, it is expected that this will support further youth work mobility and the sharing of good practice.
The resulting resources will demonstrate that it is possible for projects to develop across the EU and will further encourage understanding of EU citizenship, the Erasmus plus programme and develop further applications for funding across the nations.
The long term benefit is that the aspiration that the EU has to create an inclusive, diverse society based on equality of opportunity will be developed further as their will be greater networks, resources and training to help make such goals an achievable reality.
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