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United by difference -in all inclusive sports
Start date: Aug 2, 2014, End date: Aug 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our organization which promotes value of Social Inclusion, has had the pleasure to invite 88 young European students / workers / youth leaders to a multilateral Youth Exchange entitled United by difference -in all inclusive sports PLACE AND DATE: This project had two parts. The first part was in Diyarbakir, Turkey between 10th to 16th of January 2015. The second part of the project was in Copenhagen, Denmark between 20th to 26th of January. PARTICIPANTS: 45 participants (included Group Leaders), 18- 30 years old. WHO: Young people from 9 countries, who had experience in promoting Sport as a tool for inclusion of disabled people through sport are becoming peer educators/multipliers, in their countries. COUNTRY: Denmark, Turkey, France, Estonia, Hungary, Czech Rep., Serbia, Moldova and Romania LANGUAGE: The working language was English. This Exchange dealt with the importance of the Sport values and dynamics and their impact on health and society and Sport as a fight against violence / social exclusion and for inclusion of people with disabilities. Sport is an area of human activity which takes a great interest on youth and has enormous potential for bringing them together, reaching out to all, regardless of age, gender or social origin. The main topic of this project was to use “Sports as a way of improving active citizenship activities, cultural exchange and social inclusion of young people”. In addition to improving the health of youth, sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. The EU encourages support for sport and physical activity through various policy initiatives in the field of education and training, including the development of social and civic competences. The aim was to promote participation of young people in Sports activities which enabled disabled people to integrate socially and to create / empower personal, social and communicative skills, necessary to help a process of integration and inclusion. The objective was to form competences on how to use the methodology “Education through Sport” and to create a network of people interested in using these new skills. The activities we organized included: workshops, talks, role-playing, visits, debates and practice of several team-sports in outdoor and indoor context. The core and thread of this exchange was the so called “Mini Paralympic Games”, Sport’s activities between multinational teams composed by participants from all the European organizations that took part in it. The Adaptive Games was played with the common goal to improve and experienced those in another contexts. These games were adapted and detailed so teachers, youth workers, coaches and others could easily read and understand the games to then teach to the people they work with in their country.
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