Sõitsin Ateenasse Norra pimedate ja osalise nägemispuudega noorte ühingu esindajana. Ühing ja mina isiklikult töötame 14- kuni 35-aastastele noortele võrdsete õiguste ja võimaluste ning täieliku ühiskonda kaasatuse tagamise nimel.
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Erasmus+ Youth in Action
The introduction course to the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme in Athens was wonderful. Exchanging experiences from local youth work together with youth and youth workers from across Europe was immensely fun and beneficial.
I travelled to Athens as a representative of the Norwegian Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Youth. This organisation, and I personally, work for equal rights, opportunities for, and full social inclusion of blind and partially sighted youth ages 14 – 35.
Cultural understanding of blindness is very black and white. Society at large links sight to a person’s abilities and equates blindness to helplessness. That attitude is detrimental, as disabled people do have many productive abilities and skills. I attended the course to explore how my organisation might ally itself with others who share similar views.
I was thrilled to find that the Youth in Action programme emotionally and financially commits to inclusion of youth belonging to minority groups. My accommodation needs, such as course materials in electronic format, bringing a personal assistant, and need for rest were adhered to. The facilitators and other participants will empower and support you in participating in all simulation games we played as well as plenary and group discussions.
I left Greece with a heightened sense of confidence in my own ability to continue working for full social inclusion and rights for blind and partially sighted youth in my local and national community.
Ahead of time, we had been asked to bring food unique to our local communities to share at an intercultural evening. A multitude of colours, scents and sounds greeted me as I entered the foyer outside our conference room. I listened to each participant as they presented their local delicacies.
Chocolates, beverages, cheeses and dried meats lay across several tables, and I wanted to sample them all.
Janek and Kerttu from Estonia introduced me enthusiastically to a selection of chocolates from their home country. I’m lactose intolerant and could not eat those chocolates myself. I took the chocolates they gave me home to share with friends while recounting how fun the intercultural evening was. The sweets are a delicious and tasty reminder of my Estonian friends’ generosity.
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