Eurogames Launch: Inclusion is a RIGHT, NOT a favor
On behalf of all the participants in the “Eurogames 2010 Launching Seminar”, which was held in Nicosia, on the 3rd of December, I would like to share my understanding and perception throughout this constructive workshop. I believe that it was an amazing opportunity for youth to share knowledge and experience, appreciate the effect of non-formal education, interact with each other through mobility activities and, last but not least, take initiatives regarding inclusion matters, fostering the idea that “everybody is able to do everything, just in a different way”.
The “Eurogames 2010 – The Inclusive Approach” booklet incorporates the increase of cooperation among people with and without diFabilities* while breaking the stereotypes that maintain prejudices concerning blind, deaf, physically or mentally disabled people. The practical session during the workshop was especially noteworthy, as we had been asked to carry out one Eurogame, including diFabled* people. Thus, we had the chance to practically try several methods of inclusion, face the difficulties arisen and realize that audio-visual material or extra help might be required depending on the participants’ diFabilities, in order to fulfill our goal. For me, it was a valuable challenge to develop my personal skills towards successful inclusion.
As a primary school teacher and a special education teacher, I would say that the “Eurogames booklet” is a reasonably useful and handy manual when working with young people of different abilities in school settings. It awards us with more or less 70 inclusive games bringing together carefully selected methods which can easily be used. All the inspiring and motivating activities have been designed to be as accessible as possible for young people, focusing on their abilities rather than their diFabilities. To make it easier for the person delivering the activity, several codes and symbols are used to help each participant actively involve himself in the group activity, increasing the feeling of belonging, self-confidence and tolerance as well as gaining respect of others.
(Member of YEU Cyprus, Youth Leader of the Intercultural Center of Cyprus)
*diFability = different ability instead of diSability