Harokopio University is a public University dedicated to promoting research and learning in a small well focused set of intellectual areas such as family studies and home economics, geography and environment, nutrition and information technology. The University, situated in the centre of Athens and close to the Unesco World Heritage Centre of the Acropolis, originates from an educational institution that was first established in 1929 and gained the status of University in 1990. Harokopio University comprises three Schools and four Undergraduate Departments: School of Environment, Geography and Applied Economics • Department of Economics and Sustainable Development • Department of Geography School of Health Science and Education • Department of Nutrition and Dietetics School of Digital Technology • Department of Informatics and Telematics as well as six postgraduate programmes: 1. Sustainable Development 2. Education and Culture 3. Applied Nutrition and Dietetics 4. Nutrition and Health 5. Applied Geography and Spatial Management 6. International Master Program (MSc) “Sustainable Tourism Development: Heritage, Environment, Society“ in co-operation with the Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne University and the University of the Aegean. Research developing in the University contributes to the promotion of scientific knowledge and public health, as well as to the improvement of economic and social development of the country. According to international studies Harokopio University: a) is classified fourth and third, accordingly, among the Greek Universities, regarding international reports per publication of the Members of the Academic Community, and b) it is among the four Greek Universities, the publications of which have greater resonance and record indicators that approach the international average (EKT, recent study for the period 1993-2008).
The Department of Economics and Sustainable Development aims at the promotion of scientific knowledge and research for the quality of sustainable living of individuals, families and human communities but also the management of the natural and cultural environment. Graduates of the Department can be employed in education as well as in economic and environmental institutions. Students are offered a variety of education, culture, environment and economics modules including Pedagogical Studies, Entrepreneurship in Education, Cultural Routes – Educational Programs, Sustainable Tourism, and Microeconomics etc. Moreover, aiming at further promoting knowledge, understanding and skills in entrepreneurship among young people, the Department encourages research at post-graduate level by running three post-graduate programs: “Education and Culture”, “Sustainable Development” and the International Master’s Program “Sustainable Tourism Development: Heritage, Environment, Society”.
Address: 70, El. Venizelou Street, 176 76, Athens, Greece
The AFID Difference Foundation is a charitable organization, created on June 23, 2005, by the National Association of Families for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities – AFID (1985), which focuses on rehabilitation initiatives, education, training and integration of persons with disability. AFID also promotes a wide range of activities of community support and close to home services in the areas of social assistance, infant care and senior assistance, as well as environmental care services. Vision: A quality and active life for people with disabilities and other target groups in an inclusive society. Mission: To promote autonomy and social support, health, education and training, in a sustained manner, fight exclusion, protect the clients and the heritage of the Foundation, and guarantee excellence in service provision. Social Responses: In the area of disability we have Occupational Activities Centers, Residential Homes, Vocational Training, a Resource Center for Inclusion and a Child Development Support Unit; for the elderly we have: Home Support Service and a Residential Structure; In health we have a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. Some of the services are provided at the residence of the elderly and people with disabilities. AFID social work is certified by the ISO 9001:2008 Norm and by EQUASS – Level II – Excellence, in all its services, having become the first of its kind to achieve this goal in Portugal, and currently rating within the 17 top institutions in Europe in terms of the EQUASS certification system. Currently, AFID cares for over 1700 persons within its existing structures, having become one of the country’s most important Social Institutions – due both to the extension, diversity and comprehensiveness of the services it provides, but above all, by the efficiency of its management and technical intervention. And we have 230 staff members. In the Occupational Activities Center and Vocational Education Training the primary goal is to aid social-labour inclusiveness of people with intelectual disabilities, with the strong belief that everyone has work potential In what concerns the development, implementation and management of national and international projects, AFID has high international experience collaborating in partnership with several National and European organisations. Some capacity building programs/projects examples: • Dancing for Inclusion • DESQUAL • INDIVERSO • Design • QUES
Address: Rua Quinta do Paraíso, Alto do Moinho, 2610-316 Amadora, Portugal
ASTRA Museum is one of the most dynamic public museum in Romania when it comes to active preservation and promoting of tangible and intangible cultural heritage with ethnographic value. For the last five decades, it focused on gathering the most impressive and extended open air collection of traits and samples of Romanian rural civilization, developing programs and cultural activities for better understanding the life of the villagers in the entire country, as well as enhancing and promoting Romanian minorities’ collections and non-European collections. ASTRA Museum is a model of good practice in the implementation of sustainable development concept on cultural policies, carrying out strategic partnerships with important cultural institutions across Europe. Lately, the Museum has been focusing more on promoting traditional crafts and adopting measures to safeguard them, knowing that some of them risk to be lost, either because the techniques are not passed on from one generation to another, either as a result of the fact that they alone are not considered to be enough to assure a decent living standard. Thus, the museum’s efforts focus on assuring the transfer of endangered skills to new professions relating to architecture, construction, design and developing synergies between the old crafts, education and contemporary labor market in order to ensure survival and sustainability. In order to promote and safeguard the traditional crafts, including weaving, the Museum has developed a series of annual events and activities such as the educational program School in the traditional village, where families with children, young adults, teenagers or elderly people can take part in practical workshops carried out by museum specialists and craftsmen. Through these workshops, the visitors have the opportunity to get in touch and practice various traditional crafts and learn different working techniques. The Traditional Artistic Crafts’ Olympiad is an event organized annually for the past 22 years where over 200 children and teenagers from all around the country compete in crafts such as weaving, embroidery, painting on wood or glass, sculpting or making furniture, traditional mask making or egg painting. The Olympiad was granted the 2017 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards: special mentions, at the category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising (https://www.europanostra.org/2017-eu-prize-cultural-heritage-europa-nostraawards-special-mentions/). Nonetheless, the most important event dedicated to traditional crafts is represented by The Romanian Traditional Craftspeople Fair which is the largest and the oldest fair in Romania dedicated to traditional crafts and craftsmen. For the past 35 years, this event has represented the special occasion where craftsmen can display and sell their products to the public, whether we are talking about products made out of clay or wood, fabrics, traditional Romanian blouses, hats or painted furniture. Another such example would be ASTRA Multicultural (http://patrimoniudeschis.ro/prezentare-proiect/astra-multicultural-the-third-edition/?lang=en), the most recent event of ASTRA Museum which brings to the public the cultural values and traditions of various ethnic groups on the territory on Romania. At its third edition, the event had six major components: a multi-ethnic traditional music and dance festival, a multicultural fair for craftsmen, a multi-ethnic culinary marathon, workshops of Roma culture, an educational program and an international seminar. In addition to all the activities carried out by the museum – exhibitions, field and cabinet research, educational programs, fairs, workshops and seminars, a special interest is given to the implementation of international cooperation projects with non-refundable financing. ASTRA Museum has developed a department specialized in project management and implementation and, therefore, Call 2019 Round 1 KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices KA204 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education FormId KA204-B26A0E0B Deadline (Brussels Time) 26 Mar 2019 12:00:00 EN 31 / 132 has the specialists and expertise to take part in an international Project.
Str. Pădurea Dumbrava, 16, Sibiu, Romania
Diana Roman (ASTRA Project Manager) – Head of the Project Management Department
Simona Voica (ASTRA Project Assistant) – Curator
Daniela Bobanga (ASTRA Financial Manager) – Chief Accountant
Mirela Crețu (Researcher) – Director
Elena Găvan (Researcher) – Curator
Iulia Teodorescu (Researcher) – Restorer
Teodora Verza (Technician) – Curator
COGAMI (Galician Confederation of People with Disabilities) is a non profit entity declared of public utility and constituted by 54 local and regional associations created and managed by People with Physical Disabilities, in the year 1990. Its mission is to achieve the full inclusion of the people with disabilities in all areas of society, through the defence and promotion of their rights, the claim for social change, the empowerment of the associations and of the provision of services that meet their needs and expectations. It counts with delegations in the seven major cities of Galicia (Northwest Spain): Ferrol, A Coruña, Lugo, Vigo, Pontevedra, Ourense and the headquartered located in Santiago de Compostela, which converts it in the organization most representative all over Galicia, offering services to more than 20.000 people to the date. To achieve its mission, COGAMI provides the following services/activities: • Advice. • Information and guidance in all relevant aspects in the lives of the people with disabilities. • Active defence of the rights of people with disabilities. • Vocational training, in a wide range of specialities. • Accessibility intervention. • Promotion of employment for people with disabilities by means of a “Service for the Labour Integration” (employment agency) and promoting and managing social firms. • Self-employment support. • Coordination of member associations and strengthening the associative movement. • Promotion and management of volunteering. • Organization of leisure activities (Holiday program, European Exchange Projects, GAVEA project, others…). • Social intervention. • Personal assistance management. • Realization of awareness and informative talks. • Managing resources centres for people with disabilities… The organisation is a member of: – CERMI – Spanish Confederation of Organizations Representing People with Disabilities. – EAPN-Galicia – Galician Network against Poverty. – COCEMFE – Spanish Confederation of People with Physical Disabilities. -EASPD- European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities In addition, COGAMI has collaborations and agreements with other non-profit organizations, private companies, local and regional administrations at all levels in the implementation of policies and actions related to people with disabilities participating with other organizations throughout Europe, representing their member entities by the administrations. COGAMI has its own methodologies and learning systems developed under programs funded by the UE certified by 400 + EFQM European Excellence. At organizational level, COGAMI is composed by a General Assembly, Administration Board, Standing Committee, one Coordination Area and one Economical Area, these last two counts each one with, a coordination for each of the areas depending upon the needs and the resources available. A staff of professionals formed by social workers, labour counsellors, training monitors, psychologists, lawyers, economists, etc., formed these areas.
Address: Rúa Modesto Brocos, nº 7, 3 º Bloque, Baixo, 15704 Santiago de Compostela (a Coruna), Spain
European University of Tirana is a leading university and research Centre in Albania, established in full compliance with the criteria of the Bologna Charter, including study program in the three levels of study: BA; MA and Doctorates. UET engages in high quality teaching and research as well as exchange programs and capacity building projects with local and international partners. UET is already participating in projects funded by the European Commission, such as: Erasmus+ KA2/Capacity Building for Higher Education Institutions (8 projects), being also a lead partner in one of the projects (EVIVA); Life Long Learning Program – Jean Monnet Chair (for the first time in Albania) LLP – Tempus Project (3 Tempus project) Erasmus Mundus; European Program for Science and Technology (COST)-7 cost actions accessed by our researcher; Erasmus + KA1 Credit Mobility (20 projects). UET has accessed other international and national donors, specifically for projects related to social and political sciences such as Visegrad Fund “EU Policy Lesson Learned from Visegrad Countries”. In line with its internationalization strategy, UET brings to its students and staff the most updated EU practices and enhances a peer-to-peer approach, such as “National Conflict in the Balkans” training course, conducted by students of Sorbonne University, France under the Broader Perspective project. European University of Tirana is particularly interested in the internationalisation of its study programs and thus it seeks to build successful partnership with other institutions in the region, in Europe and now also in the USA, Australia and China. UET has established the network Next Europe, which brings together leading universities in the Western Balkans and research centres in Europe (LSEE, UCL SSEES, EUI, CEU, Sciences Po etc.) with research expertise and interest in Albania and South East Europe. Currently, we are part also of the GTFP-Global Teaching Fellowship Program with CEU, an exchange program for recent PhD graduates from CEU who can teach at UET for one year. UET pays importance to its strategic communication, visibility of actions, dissemination of information, knowledge-sharing and exchange of experiences and know-how. UET is part of The European Charter for Researchers and it has started working on this direction by receiving the certification HR Excellence in Research of the European Commission (http://uet.edu.al/images/pdf/UET-2018-projects.pdf). Since 2018 UET offers new vocational courses tailored to meet needs of the job markets and future professionals. UET promotes issues such as gender equality and social inclusion, by providing support to socioeconomically disadvantaged people and encouraging active participation of people with disabilities in the community. In its previous projects, UET has provided different services including training/coaching/mentoring programs, conference and similar event organization, vocational education modules, research and publishing services (manuals, handbooks, reports, reviews, etc.), entrepreneurship incubator and programs, etc.
Address: Bulevardi Gjergj Fishta 70 H1 Njesia Bashkiake 7, 1023 Tirana, Albania
The vocational training center MARGARITA is a specialized center for vocational training and employment for people with intellectual disabilities living in the Region of Attica. MARGARITA was founded in 1979 by Ioanna Tsokopoulou, mother of Leonidas, a child with Down syndrome. It is accredited as a Specialized Charitable Nonprofit Organization registered with FEK 539/B/17- 10/1978 (Government Gazette Number). MARGARITA hosts nearly 100 students, who all have the chance to participate in entertaining, cultural and educational activities. Attendance is free, as is the support provided to the students as well as their families. The approximate number of paid staff is 35 people meanwhile our volunteer database hosts 50 active members from different sectors. Services Provided by MARGARITA are the following: • Education and specialized vocational training These services are provided to young people with intellectual disabilities, aged from 14 to 25 years at the beginning of their studies, and the attendance lasts up to five years. The education is divided in 2 periods: The first period is the pre – training student program and the 2nd period is the student education on different professional fields in order to help them gather general vocational and social skills. • Employment Protected productive workshops designed as social enterprises, where students have the ability to work in producing gifts, ornaments, dragée purses, silkscreen, weaving and catering or in gardening. • Employment Opportunities MARGARITA provides students occupational orientation and support aiming at their integration in the free labor market. Until now 30 of graduates have found a job, whereas we support 14 of them on a regular basis. More specifically, MARGARITA has established the “Social services department” which employs social workers that are specialized in the field of employment opportunities of the graduates. In this framework, the department has established the “Work Environment Integration Service” which includes, practical training during studies, search for probable employers, on the job training and supervision of employees. The service investigates, the candidate’s wish to work, the capability and/or the wish of the family to support the candidate in this effort, the candidate’s capabilities, potential workplaces and the delineation of his/her professional profile. • Parallel – Support Services MARGARITA provides to students and their families support by specialized personnel (psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers). • In 2013 the pilot program for supported living began in an apartment in Athens (Pagrati Area). MARGARITA’ s goal is to provide young people with intellectual disabilities chances for personal development and progress, realization of their rights, autonomous living and social and professional integration. MARGARITA’s vision is equality and total integration of people with intellectual disabilities in the society, in order for them to lead the fullest possible live. ’s resources are derived from the Region (which is the surveying authority), the Ministry of Labor, EU programs, social welfare funds, donations and sponsoring.
MARGARITA since its founding years has developed many sheltered workshops in different fields in which the service users are engaged in vocational activities. At the same time the Supported Employment department collaborates with the service users and their families to investigate their professional ambitions and how they can be rehabilitated vocationally. In order to support the vocational rehabilitation of the service users furthermore, MARGARITA is developing new services in which the sheltered workshops establish professional relationships with clients from the community that need their skills. This upscale make the sheltered workshops more connected to the society increasing the inclusion of the service users and improving their professional skills because they work in a real working environment. One of the sheltered workshops MARGARITA has plans to up-scale is the weaving workshop. In the weaving workshop the service users produce high quality weaning products using traditional looms. These products are very popular in bazaars and in MARGARITA’s recently opened selling point, ”Gallery 13m2”. The up-scaling will be completed by creating easy-to-read educational materials for the adults with intellectual disabilities participating in the workshop, by opening up in the society to create mixed classes of weaving, inviting professional from the field of weaving to exchange expertise in weaving and design and by creating a curriculum with specific goals based on the needs of the learners and the society.
Address: MESOLOGIOU 4-6, NEA PENTELI, ATHENS, GREECE
THEOTOKOS Foundation is a welfare, non-profit, non-governmental organization, that is to say, a legal entity governed by private law. It was established in 1954 (Royal Decree 212 Issue I 08/09/1954) and is supervised by the Ministry of Labour Social Security & Welfare. The Foundation offers services to children and young people with intellectual disability and other developmental disorders as well as giving support to their families. Fundamental features of the internal operation and administration of the Foundation are the democratic decision-making and regulating processes. The mission of the Foundation is the education and training of 354 children and young people aged 2 -35, with the aim of facilitating their full participation in society. The main specialization fields are: • Special needs education and development of daily living skills • Vocational training • Promotion towards Supported Employment • Early Intervention.
All of THEOTOKOS staff is highly trained and specialized to offer the best possible services to children and young adults with intellectual developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. The Weaving Workshop Instructor is not only a good technical Instructor but also a trained Special educator. A Psychiatrist, a Psychologist, a Social Worker as well as a Special Educator/Occupational Therapist are always available to help in the design of the specific needs in the training Program.
Address: Koim Theotokou 2, 13122 Ilion, Greece