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Leave a sign!

The guide "Leave a sign!" is a collection of educational activities that includes descriptions of the methods used, learning objectives, materials needed during the implementation, tips for trainers/youth workers, instructions for implementation and evaluation. The activities described focus on encouraging social inclusion of youth with special needs through creative and participative learning elements. At the end it also includes a series of general guidelines for those working with young people with special needs. In the frame of “We Have the Same Beat!”, the employment methodologies and instruments are part of a strategy to overcome the limits of traditional, educational and policy approaches in providing a solution to the personal and social challenges affecting people with special needs. The activities described in the present Guide aim at raising in targeted youngsters:    a sense of belonging    a sense of value in the community    a desire to active participation in society    an involvement in collective activities based on their personal preferences    the creation of social relationships with others whom they chose and share common interests     a sense of dignity and social acceptanceMethodologies and instruments used are specifically tailored to the learning and inclusion needs as well as specific constraints of people with special needs, representing the specific target group of the project. This guide relies on non-formal education methods, purposely because such methods stimulate active participation and adaptation to the public concerned. Social inclusion methodologies used in this guide are designed to promote inclusion, self-esteem, relational skills, and participatory attitudes as well as social integration of young people with special needs by means of involving them in artistic activities based on a process of peer-interaction with youngsters without special needs. The educational methodology employed throughout the project “We Have the Same Beat!” is partly inspired by the wider method of “Art for Social Inclusion”, as a set of educational instruments and learning strategies based on artistic instruments of expression (Drawing, Music, Theatre, and Sculpture being among the most employed) designed to cater to the educational needs of disadvantaged groups in terms of soft-skills development and social interaction.The methodologies of social inclusion through artistic themes employed in “We Have the Same Beat!” constitute an approach to tackle the personal and social issues of disability.

The guide is available in EN_RO_FR_IT and its content is:IINTRODUCTIONOUR METHODOLOGYGENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FACILITATORSTEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES - The activities from this chapter are most relevant when implemented at the beginning of a training as preparatory steps to the implementation of more important activities.ALL TIME ACTIVITIES - This section offers a series of activities that can be implemented at all times during a training. These activities offer to go a little deeper in the exploration of group dynamics and in the process of unleashing creativityAWARENESS RAISING ACTIVITIES - The following activities aim at developing participants’ consciousness of unequal opportunities and discrimination. They offer to work on individual attitude shifts as well as civic consciousness and commitment development. ENTAILED ACTIVITIES: Building a Performance from A to Z - The activities from this section are conceived as successive steps bringing participants to achieve as a group the completion of a final performance. It is a complex process that shall be undertaken after group cohesion has been actively achieved through preparatory activities.  It includes a series of workshops to be transformed into happenings, a planning and promoting action for the event and a non-formal assessing workshop of the overall training experience in the shape of a feedback giving activity. In the case of the “We have the same beat project!” activities from this section have contributed to put all skills acquired into practice in the frame of a global project that uses art for social inclusion with the objective of raising awareness.CONCLUSIONSWHO WE ARE

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