Dates of the project: 01.06.2018 – 30.06.2021
Building bridges – the development of higher education in social pedagogy based on practical experience as a tool for social reform and the involvement of people with disabilities in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Norway.
The essence of the project is to support and develop practically oriented higher education in the fields of social pedagogy and social work in the three countries of the former Soviet Union – Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. A large group of scientists, practitioners, cultural workers and students from these countries will make a series of trips to learn about international experience and modern innovative methods of rehabilitation and social inclusion of people with disabilities. This will contribute to public progress and implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities.
Promotion and development of the practice based on higher education in social pedagogy and social work as a tool of social reforms and involvement of people with disabilities in working life, culture and education.
Forming multi-partnership of stakeholders, including universities, practitioners, integrated creative groups, NGOs and government bodies, the partners are working for the long – term collective impact on the development of a disabled environment in each of the cooperating countries-Norway, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan.
During the project, social pedagogy will be developed as a new area for social work in the cooperating countries of Eurasia, new curricula and courses will be created, which will be tested and evaluated in accordance with the framework and situation in each country.
For teams of academic staff, practitioners and arts workers from each of 4 cooperating countries will be organized an international training course for teachers consisting of three one-week blocks to analyze new topics and demonstrate techniques, innovative educational methods/processes and educational programs created using international experience.
In each of the countries mentioned, inclusive art workshops (workshops) and festivals will be organized with the active participation of students as volunteers and activists to demonstrate the opportunities of people with disabilities, change public attitudes to involve students in the action of the social mission and promote the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. Resources will be allocated to ensure the mobility of undergraduate and graduate students, to develop competencies and strengthen the development of social pedagogy in the cooperating countries.