On 12 November 2019, we held the Erasmus+ Inspiring Inclusion event at etc.venues – Victoria, in London. The event was an opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful work taking place within the Erasmus+ community and discuss how we can make our work more inclusive going forward.
To kick off the day, we welcomed Amina Atiq, a Yemeni-Scouse writer, performance artist and Erasmus+ participant, who shared a piece of spoken word poetry inspired by her Erasmus+ experience.
Following Amina’s powerful performance, UK National Agency Director, Jane Racz, gave an update on where Erasmus+ is in 2019.
Jane told delegates that, so far in 2019, €196 million has been awarded to 1,168 projects, more than any other single year of the programme, and that Europe-wide the Erasmus programme celebrated its 10 millionth participant in June - a phenomenal landmark of which 600,000 participants have been from the UK.
Attentions then turned to the focus of the day with contributions from three Erasmus+ beneficiaries leading the way in the field of inclusion and diversity.
Firstly, we heard from Adrian Sladdin, from Aspire Education Group Ltd, who spoke about the FEMININ project, which aims to support adult education teachers and trainers to provide high quality learning opportunities in financial and economic literacy to migrant women.
Rose Cawood, from Glasgow Caledonian University, then spoke about the Strategy for Change project. The initiative developed a formalised transnational training programme to prepare students for carrying out effective social innovation projects in the local community.
Bringing this section of the day to a close, Junaid Hussain, from Equality and Inclusion Partnership, told us about the organisation's Healthy Diversity project, which offers innovative IT-based training tools to address cultural diversity in the health sector – both in terms of the client/patient groups served and the diversity of the health care personnel.
We will be sharing the stories of all our case studies from the day in due course - so look out for them!
During the event, we were joined by Dan from Inky Thinking who captured the day in visual notes. Click the image below to explore it further or download the illustration (7.7 MB):
Over lunch, we were joined by a range of initiatives for our community hub. We welcomed Eurodesk, EPALE, ECVET, European Solidarity Corps and TCA, all of whom were on hand to provide information about their activities.
Madeleine Rose, UK National Agency Deputy Director, then took to the stage to present Erasmus+ in numbers. Our most recent statistics animation highlighted some of the key figures of the programme in the UK between 2014-2018.
Madeleine also spoke about the Erasmus+ UK Logic Model, which was developed this year to show how Erasmus+ activities lead to change that is relevant to UK policy priorities and beneficial to UK individuals, organisations or society. The Logic Model offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the programme’s outputs, outcomes and impact with clear links to each sector.
- What challenges do participants, co-ordinators and partners face when working with participants with disabilities?
- How and where can increased blended mobility benefit participants with fewer opportunities?
- How can we ensure participants’ needs around mental health are understood and supported?
It was a day full of fruitful discussion and examples of best practice. Thank you to all those who attended.