New online meeting of the Erasmus+ QUALITY YOUTH MENTORING FOR INCLUSION

On Thursday, November 23rd, the partnership of the Erasmus+ QUALITY YOUTH MENTORING FOR INCLSUION, co-funded by the European Union, held a new online meeting to analyze and monitor the progress of the intellectual outputs.

The partnership has already decided the contents of the methodological guide that will help organizations and institutions to implement the mentoring process. This document will also provide useful information, activities and resources for big and younger brothers to establish a relationship of mutual trust and comprehension. It was also agreed that, next year, the partnership will launch a multimedia viral campaign to increase the impact of the initiative.

The ultimate goal of the project is to create a network of national rare disease organisations to design and implement an empowerment strategy for young people living with barriers to become mentors and big brothers to other young people and children experiencing the same barriers from all over Europe.

The partnership will meet again in February, in Rome, to continue working on the results and to plan the structure and design of the online platform BIG BROTHER FOR INCLUSION, a digital a tool for young people with RD to apply for a big brother or apply to become one.

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We test the results of the Erasmus+ THE VALUE OF FACING SCHOOL with the students of the primary school Clara Campoamor in Málaga

The partnership of the Erasmus+ THE VALUE OF FACING SCHOOL, co-funded by the European Union, met at the primary school CEIP Clara Campoamor (Málaga), on November 17th, to conduct the pilot test of the project. It was divided into two different groups: 6th grade students (10-11 years) / 2nd (6-7 years old) grade students. Among the students were children affected by rare diseases and neuromuscular dystrophies, as well as other pathologies such as autism. School teachers and parents also participated in the pilot tests.

The partnership explained that the Erasmus+ programme connects professionals from different countries of the European Union aiming to develop initiatives to support education and youth. We also explained that when we talk about rare diseases, the adjective «rare» should be interpreted as «infrequent», because of the low prevalence of individual rare diseases and the large number of existing rare diseases. However, it must be clear, that these pathologies affect more than 30 million of people in Europe.

During the event, we put into practices some of the resources we have developed within the project. We showed them a video of inspiring stories of young people affected by these pathologies as an example of courage and strength. We also did a role play to encourage students to experience the difficulties that these young people must overcome in their daily life.  And we learned to use pictograms for communication, which helped us to understand the importance of using an inclusive language to represent all kinds of people. Besides, we shared with teachers and parents inclusive methodologies and multiple recommendations to benefit digital learning.

We would like to thank you the primary school CEIP Clara Campoamor and all the participants for the kindness and support. All the students, parents and teachers showed a collaborative and willingness attitude.  It was very exciting to finally see the results of the project developed by the partnership working for the inclusion and accessibility of the people affected by rare diseases and neuromuscular dystrophies. All the people interested in the initiative would find more information in the web platform