EMPOWER VISUALLY IMPAIRED YOUNGSTERS FOR A MORE INDEPENDENT LIVING (EMVIMIL) project financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The consortium of 6 partners starts the international project EMVIMIL, an Erasmus+ Youth 4 activity project, financed by the European Union and developed by Asociatia Babilon Travel in partnership with VIEWS International (Belgium), Karabaglar Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Mreza za Dozivotno Ucenje-Lifelong Learning Network (North Macedonia), Projekte Vullnetare Nderkombetare (Albania) and INSIDE EU (Ireland). 

The project focus on supporting youth workers to develop quality activities, based on values like equality, equity, inclusion, access to education and culture, democracy and human rights, including VIPs in these activities, in order to increase their mobility, employability and sense of entrepreneurial initiatives, capacitating in this way their independent living. 

To achieve its objectives, a Youth Exchange is held in Izmir, Turkey, between 4-10 October, 2022.

The participants who take part in the youth exchange in Izmir are from Romania, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Ireland and Belgium with a total of 42 participants of whom 30 youngsters. They will be given the opportunity to experience adapted and inclusive activities and workshops in a mixed-ability group. Together with visually impaired participants will discover and develop skills for more independent living. During the youth exchange, the participants will develop or improve a set of soft skills, develop and build good practices in regard of in-door and outdoor activities with visually impaired/blind youngsters and proposals to improve infrastructure and services meant to include VIPs in their local communities.

All the activities are held in the Erasmus+ spirit and are based on non-formal education methods and tools in an inclusive and adapted way, considering the presence of visually impaired/blind participants (study visits, working groups, debriefings, free discussions, workshops, teambuilding exercises, energizers, reflections, presentations etc.).

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