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Folleto del proyecto VET4e-inclusion (versión en inglés)


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Folleto del proyecto VET4e-inclusion (versión en inglés)

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Folleto del proyecto VET4e-inclusion (versión en inglés)

  1. 1. Who are the partners of the“VET4e-I” project? This project is carried out by a consortium of 8 organisations representing non formal education, higher education, foundations, think tanks and vocational training centres from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Bulgaria. Fundación Acción Social y Tiempo Libre, Esplai, Spain Dynamic Organization Thinking, D.O.T, Spain Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana (ARCI), Italy ICT Development, Bulgaria L’Agenzia per la promozione dell impresa solidale (LAPIS), Italy Ligue de l’enseignement, Paris, France Infrep, Paris, France Technische Universität Dortmund - sfs Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, Germany arci More information on the project may be obtained from: Project coordinator, Gabriel Rissola, Press relation, David Lopez, VET 4 -- VET 4E European VET Solution For e-Inclusion Facilitators (VET 4e-I) This project is carried out with the support of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Union w w w w w . e f a c i l i t a t o r s . e u /
  2. 2. Why such a project? In the last years, growing attention has been drawn towards e-Inclusion policies, considering infor- mation and communication technologies (ICT) as a vehicle for personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability. Public Internet Centers play a key role in local societies especially in towns and small villages, where they have become a ref- erence point not only for new technologies and learn- ing, but also for the development of social links, a sense of community belonging and cultural life. Who are e-facilitators in Europe? The animators or facilitators have a key role to play, they are not only ICT trainers but also socio-cultural media- tors. They are the promoters of disadvantaged users’ inclusion. Today, their profile and status differ greatly from one country to the other as well as their access to formal and non formal training. The partners of the “VET4e-I” project will compare these different profiles and the training offer that is already provided in their respective countries. Can we talk of a common professional figure of “e- Facilitators”in Europe? What are their needs in terms of vocational training and development? What is e-Inclusion? Today, around 30-40% of older people, people with disabilities, women, lower education groups, unemployed and “less-developed” regions are still not actively engaged in using ICT and are no part of the Knowledge society in Europe. e-Inclusion aims to: prevent the risks of“digital exclusion”: to ensure that dis- advantaged people are not left behind; avoid new forms of exclusion due to lack of digital liter- acy or of Internet access. The goal of this European project is to increase e- Inclusion chances of disadvantaged groups by creating a new professional profile of e-Facilitators with European relevance and that would be certifiable at national/local levels. What is the EU position on e-Inclusion? 34 European countries signed a Ministerial Declaration in which ambitious policy targets were set for an inclu- sive Knowledge society in 2006. Known as the “Riga Declaration”, it set concrete targets for Internet usage and availability, digital literacy, and accessibility of ICT by 2010. It was followed by the “i2010 initiative” that proposed a strategic framework for action.Today, we are far from reaching these objectives. In March 2009, the European Council recognized that e-Inclusion remained “overall poor in Europe” and that public authorities had to use“various instruments at their disposal, such as leg- islation, standardisation and certification as well as pub- lic procurement”. The partners of the “VET4e-I” project want to encourage public authorities: to recognize the role of e-Facilitators as promoters of e- Inclusion; to promote the development of certified and transpar- ent training solutions that correspond to their needs. They are convinced that investing in the professional development of e-Facilitators is a key to face these important challenges. What are the expected results of this project? On the basis of a cross- country context analy- sis, the partners of the “VET4e-I” project propose to develop an innovative VET solution aiming to help European countries to cope with the common chal- lenge of e-Inclusion. The partners will develop a certifi- able training curriculum for e-Inclusion facilitators focused on the development of key competences of users at risk of social exclusion, aiming to their empow- erment in the Knowledge society. This training curricu- lum will be based on an innovative blended learning environment inspired in Web 2.0 as well as on user-cen- tred didactics.