To continue our celebration of inclusion and diversity within Erasmus+, we spoke to Gavin Askew, the Inclusion and Diversity Officer for the UK National Agency.
During the interview we learnt more about his role, why inclusion is important and what the strategy means for Erasmus+ projects. Watch the video to discover more about the #InspiringInclusion campaign:
Improving the inclusivity of projects through workshops and extra support
As Gavin mentioned, one of the best ways of finding out more about inclusion in Erasmus+ is to get involved with Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA). TCA encompasses a range of events, seminars and workshops, which enable Erasmus+ National Agencies to collaborate and share best practice across Europe. The overall aim of the activities is to improve the quality and impact of the programme at a systemic level, covering topics such as inclusion, cultural diversity and intercultural competences. See what upcoming TCA opportunities are available now.
Andrea Sapundjija's Erasmus+ experience is a great example of the specific funding available to support participants with fewer opportunities or special needs. Has her story left you feeling inspired to widen the diversity of your project? Find out about how to better support a wider range of participants by referring to the 2019 Programme Guide to see what additional support you can apply for under your sector and Key Action.
When planning a project, make sure you consider whether any of your participants may have additional needs or require extra support, and include this information in your application.
If you are unsure about what support could be available to your organisation, remember you can always speak to our helpline staff who will be happy to talk you through the options.
You can find out more about widening participation in Erasmus+ and have the opportunity to hear best practice from other organisations by joining our Learning Networks. At the May 2018 event, attendees that took part in the widening participation workshop heard a presentation from Human Rights Focus, who shared their experience in improving the lives of young, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) ex-offenders.
Another way to get involved is to tell us about your own experiences with diversity and inclusion within the programme. We would love to hear your project stories and find out how you have used Erasmus+ funding to support people with fewer opportunities.
If you would like to share your experience with us, please send us an email outlining:
Your organisation’s Erasmus+ project;
What area of inclusion or diversity the project supported; and
Any project or participant success stories.