Networking to Promote Inclusion and Diversity in the VET Sector of the Erasmus+ Programme

24-26 June 2024 | Rome, Italy

The contact seminar will focus on three main topics:

  • Access to mobility for target groups with cognitive, sensorial and physical disabilities (addressed to KA1 projects): it will address how schools and vocational training centers can manage the participation in mobility projects of a significant number of students and staff with disabilities. In the VET sector. We observe that most of the projects are aimed at learners with economic disadvantage or who live in peripheral areas without adequate cultural stimuli, while the involvement of people with physical/cognitive disabilities continues to be sporadic and with negligible numbers compared to the number of targets involved.
  • Inclusion of refugees, especially Ukrainians (addressed to KA2 projects). Analysing the data of recent funded projects, it emerges that. although the EC has funded a specific line of activity, there are still limited number of funded projects in the VET sector involving Ukrainian refugees, despite the high number of Ukrainian refugees welcomed in Europe, with greater numbers in some EU Countries.
  • Digital inclusion in the VET sector (addressing both KA1 and KA2 projects). When it comes to digital transformation in education, it’s important to consider both sides of the coin: how digital technologies can be used to support access to education for students with fewer opportunities but also how existing digital inequalities can undermine the equity and digital inclusion, in particular for the most disadvantaged target groups. Examples of innovative tools that facilitate inclusion (for instance artificial intelligence used to develop advanced communication interfaces) will be discussed as well as how blended mobility is facilitating the access to education for learners and staff with disabilities). At the same time examples of potential issues connected to the use of technologies (such as digital divide, lack of adequate digital equipment, accessibility issues, etc.) will be described to understand how to prevent such risks.