Vocational Education and Training (VET) for special needs groups through the arts and cultural sector
"Count Me In" is a 2-year Transfer of Innovation project financed by the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci.
WHY? The project takes its starting point in the belief that no citizen in Europe should be discriminated against in lifelong learning or employment.
In times of economic difficulties there is more than ever, a need for finding new ways to make better use of the diverse resources of European organisations and people. This includes people who are more specially disadvantaged because of certain social or individual disabilities.
HOW? At the heart of social inclusion is a belief that arts and culture are for everyone. The project wants to demonstrate that this particular sector has great potential as a framework for vocational education and training.
By exploring different practices and methodologies to be found throughout Europe and by transferring innovations from earlier projects, the objective of "Count Me In" is to build an interdisciplinary resource on how to use the arts and cultural sector in VET for special needs groups.
AIM The project will promote the rights of marginalised groups to be involved in and have access to artistic and cultural activities. By doing so, the overall aim is to enhance their opportunities to be part of the European world of work
PROJECT PARTNERS The project partners are experts from various educational and cultural fields representing different perspectives on the issues addressed.
GAIA Museum Outsider Art (DK) Foreningsfællesskabet Ligeværd (DK) Elderberry AB (SE) Elearning Studios (UK) The Herbert Museum (UK) Autism Europe (BE) Debajo del Sombrero (ES)
PROJECT RESULTS 1. 'A state of the art' on VET for people with special needs 2. A publication with examples of good practices in Europe 3. E-Learning modules 4. E-learning network 5. Live training course
About: Count me in
A good practice example of working with people to create 'outsider art'
A virtual tour of the Herbert museum & Art Gallery
An example of how you can manage your culture based on work programs