Kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project ‘THE VALUE OF FACING SCHOOL’

The kick-off meeting of ‘THE VALUE OF FACING SCHOOL: THE INCLUSION OF YOUTH WITH NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES, MUSCULAR DYSTROPHIES AND OTHER RARE DISEASES IN EDUCATION’ was hold last Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022. The online meeting, coordinated by Fundación Isabel Gemio, was attended by representatives of all the partner organizations of the project:

  • Universidade de Évora (Portugal), a center for the creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science and technology, which, through the articulation of study, teaching and research, is integrated into the life of society.
  • Fondation Maladies Rares (France), which has the French legal status of “Scientific Cooperation Foundation”, a private non-profit legal person, promotes research projects and scientific excellence, as well as the sharing and dissemination of knowledge in the field of rare diseases.
  • Federación Española de Enfermedades Neuromusculares (Spain), a non-governmental organization that brings together associations and foundations for neuromuscular diseases. It currently represents more than 60,000 people affected throughout Spain.
  • Parent Project per la Ricerca sulla Distrofa Muscolare (Italy), an association of patients and parents with children affected by Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy.
  • Uniamo Federazione Italiana Malattie Rare (Italy), the representative body of the community of people with rare diseases. It has over 150 member associations, which are constantly growing.
  • C.E.I.P. Clara Campoamor de Málaga (Spain), an early age and primary public school of bilingual education that uses research, experimentation and educational innovation as a fundamental element of teaching practice.

The main objective of the project THE VALUE OF FACING SCHOOL is to create a partnership for cooperation, improving the quality of the work, activities and practices of the organizations and institutions involved. Besides, it should develop the capacity of the organizations to work transnationally and across different sectors, to address common priorities and needs, and to make a change in educational methods to students with muscular dystrophies.

During the meeting, Fundación Isabel Gemio explained the different phases of management and implementation of the project. The partnership will develop two main intellectual outputs: a DIGITAL METHODOLOGICAL GUIDE that will decisively help the school and the teachers to meet the educational needs of students with muscular dystrophy and other rare diseases; and a set of DIGITAL OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OERs) adapted to the beneficiaries and developed by experts, that really contribute to developing the educational competences of students with muscular dystrophy and other rare diseases. The project will end with the celebration of a MULTIPLIER EVENT in which the main results of the initiative will be presented to the beneficiaries themselves, and to social entities, policy makers, and scientific experts, as well.

The first face to face meeting of the consortium is planned to be held on October, in Madrid, Spain.




¿Did you watch the stories #youthwithcourage of May?

Here are the protagonists of the initiative co-funded by the #erasmusplus programme:

  • Laura (@laura.sanchez.92) highlights the importance of professionalized personal assistance for people with disabilities. She has a rare disease called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita.
  • Alice (@alifata1988) collaborates with @radioaidel22@aidel22_aps, where she runs a program called “Women and Disability”. She suffers from a rare disease called Microdeletion of Chromosome 22.
  • Juan (@mi_heroe_juan), the youngest of them all, really likes listening to music. He suffers from Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG). His mother, Cristina, claims that all the people suffering from a very serious disease deserve a treatment.
  • Audrey was diagnosed with the disease Charcot Marie Tooth when she was three and a half years old. She has travelled around the world (@roulettesetsacados) and she is now starting her own business in textile design.
  • Michelewho lives in Rome, is passionate about football and Formula1. He lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, aims at the creation of a European network of European foundations, institutions, and entities in order to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices. The partners of the initiative are:

  • Fundación Isabel Gemio (Spain)
  • Federación Española de Enfermedades Neuromusculares (Spain)
  • Parent Project APS per la Ricerca sulla Distrofa Muscolare (Italy)
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth et Neuropathies Peripheriques (France)
  • Uniamo Federazione Italiana Malattie Rare (Italy)