Press Release (ePRNews.com) - May 03, 2016 - Paragon Europe together with the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta (FOPSIM) led the seminars for the ‘All Special Kids – Parents’ and ‘Integration Through Learning’ Projects at the Corinthia Palace Hotel on 28thApril, 2016. The event was very successful, attended by NGOs, civil society organisations, representatives from public institutions like ETC and KNPD, Agenzija Sapport, representatives from University of Malta, head of schools, teachers, NGOs dealing with disabilities,parents, families and many other guests and collaborators.
Both projects are EU-funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The All Special Kids – Parents Project focuses on the need for promotion of psycho-social adjustment and raising the quality of life of families of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) by guiding, counselling and training services to ensure active participation in the education of their children. The project is led by KarsiyakaIlce Milli Egitim Mudurlugu in Turkey and includes five international partners from Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and the UK. Malta is represented by Paragon Europe. The ASK Parents project has a total budget of €143,461 and will run for 24 months, having started in September 2015.
The Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning Project is led by the Federacion Mestral Cocemfe Tarragona in Spain and includes six international project partners from Italy, Greece, Poland, Malta, Latvia and Turkey. Malta is represented by FOPSIM. The project has a budget of €125,762 and will come to a close in August 2016 after running for 24 months since September 2014. The project will encourage educators to improve their interaction and communication with people with disabilities.
The Integration Through Learning Course discussions revolved around types of disabilities; stereotypical perceptions about persons with disabilities; language tips; discrimination; and the differences between integration and inclusion. Concurrently, the ASKParents Seminar focussed on basic rights in special education; self-determination and happy/successful children; the necessity for environmental adaptation; and the need to create a vision for the future to raise the quality of life of families of children with special educational needs.
Paragon Europe has been the focal point for building synergies with European organisations. This has been instrumental to FOPSIM getting into these types of project collaborations. Paragon Europe and FOPSIM pride themselves in being involved in projects for Social Inclusion and aim to support the delivery of successful projects in a way that ensures benefits for all minorities in society. With one project coming to a close this year and the other just kicking-off, Paragon Europe will build on the learnings from the project handled by FOPSIM and both plan to collaborate on many more such projects in the future.
For more information about Paragon Europe and the ASKParents Project, contact Fjoralba Kodrasi on email@example.com or +356 2339 0137 or visit the ASK Parents website at http://www.askparents.eu or the Paragon Europe website at http://www.paragoneurope.eu
For more information about FOPSIM and the Integration Through Learning Project, contact Maria Limongelli on firstname.lastname@example.org or +356 2339 0139 or visit the FOPSIM website at http://www.fopsim.eu
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