From the 10th to the 14th of October, OBESSU hosted in Brussels the Training for Inclusion Leaders of the Inclusive Schools Project. 9 representatives of OBESSU’s Member Organisations from all over Europe gathered to develop their competences on social inclusion, inclusive facilitation, and workshop delivery and on how to make schools more inclusive following the methodology developed by the Inclusive Schools Project. 

Inclusive Schools, also called "InScool", is a project co-funded by the European Commission, under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 3 ‘Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education, Training, and Youth’. It is led by the British Council in partnership with 6 organisations from Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, and Poland. The project activities will last for 24 months and already started on the 15th of January 2019.

The vision of the Inclusive Schools project is to gradually reshape school culture into an inclusive school ethos by fostering long-term inclusion strategies in schools around Europe and engaging school communities in concrete action plans and collaborations that promote equality and value diversity.

The first day of the training was focused on getting a deeper understanding of social inclusion and its relevance in educational systems, as well as getting familiar with the project and its educational methodology. 

The second day focused on the trainer’s competences. What’s the difference between a teacher, a trainer and a facilitator? And which are the competences needed to be an inclusive trainer? Participants also had the chance to reflect upon their own competences and how to develop new ones. 

The last day was fully dedicated to put into practice the learning outcomes of the first two days. Using the materials from the educational pack from the project, participants prepared in teams and delivered their own sessions on social inclusion and inclusive education (which surprised trainers and participants by their high quality and good preparation!). 

Lastly, they drafted their own action plans for the future implementation of the project in their countries. Each action plan got detailed feedback from the rest of the participants, and they got the chance to exchange good practices and support each other in the finalisation of the action plan. 

Now, they are all ready to go back to their countries and home organisations and make education more inclusive!

For more information on the Inclusive Schools project, follow us on Facebook, check the website or contact María from the Secretariat at maria@obessu.org