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The project EADEA – Equal Access to Development Education for All – has been developed to fill the gap of needed development education materials and tools designed taking into account the special educational needs of students with visual impairment.
 
Its overall objective is to contribute to raise the public awareness of the importance everybody to get educated in development issues, to promote and introduce DE among students with disabilities, mobilize greater public support for action against poverty also among people with disabilities and to contribute to fairer relations North-South through more diverse links of fairer cooperation and deeper understanding of issues and difficulties.
 
Its specific objectives are: to achieve awareness raising of visually impaired students, their teachers and families about global issues as concerning also them, to develop in them skills for deeper understanding of globalizing inter-dependent world and their possible role, to enhance their competences in addressing issues of global development and engaging in global attempts for better solutions to eradicate poverty, promote justice and human rights.
 
Its target groups are: students with visual impairment in specialized formal education schools and general universities, pedagogues from schools for students with visual impairment and school boards of schools for students with visual impairment.
 
The main estimated result of EADEA project is contribution to achievement of equality in provision of DE – ensured also for students with visual impairment with special educational needs.
 
The main activities of EADEA project are: training in DEAR of pedagogical staff of specialized educational institutions for students with visual impairment and of university students with visual impairment, preparation of specially designed for students with visual impairment DE resources, contribution to inclusion of DE topics in the curriculum, creation of e-platform with useful specific DE resources and tools developed also in Braille, work with the specialized schools boards and parents for DEAR, established connections in the South with experts working with people with visual impairment and exchange visits, awareness raising campaign for importance of inclusion of disabled students in development education and later in development cooperation activities especially when concerning people with visual impairment.
 
EADEA project aims at expanding the scope of EU citizens and students whose awareness of development issues has been raised by inclusion of students with visual impairment and their teachers in DEAR thus empowering and motivating them to contribute in future by support and in better design of specific actions aimed at development assistance to people with disabilities in developing countries. Through developing DE materials designed to meet the special educational needs of these students and promoting DE among their teachers, families and communities as an education broadening the mental horizon of learners, the Action is to contribute to mobilize greater public support for achievement of MDG-s by deepened and critical understanding of the global interdependence and each possible role.
 
It contributes to expand the scope of public support for the MDG agenda and with the inclusion of sub-Saharan partner ADRA Rwanda provides particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. The action contributes for policy coherence for development with particular focus on human rights, social dimension of globalization and decent work, envisaging improved chances for disabled to get involved in development cooperation through its element of ensuring equal access to development education of a specific disabled group, and through it ensuring future better designed provision of development assistance to such people in the developing countries.
 
EADEA project fills a significant gap in provision of DEAR in the EU MS-s, covering a still uncovered by DE target group – that of people with visual disability who are thus deprived of getting involved in the general awareness raising. And it is to build in these students one of the skills they need most – critical thinking.
 
The Action is to be implemented learner-centered and dialogue-oriented supporting the target students to develop competences they usually lack and encouraging their social contribution and self-esteem of being useful members of the society. The project aims at enhancing the competences of the target group students and students with visual impairment in addressing issues of global development – to be achieved by participatory approach. The project is to be learner-centered and target students, students and their teachers been actively involved in the preparation of the specifically designed for 4 preserved senses DE materials, advising and suggesting changes. Their active participation is to be ensured also through small school/university sub-grants, providing target students and students with the opportunity to design/ improve/suggest DEAR ideas and materials, to organize DE events and thus broaden their knowledge, get experience and continue their own development education through learning by doing.
 
The specific development issues addressed are those concerning development assistance provision to people with visual impairment where EU citizens with visual impairment could be extremely useful consultants, agents of positive change and promoters of such specific development assistance. Research shows that there are many people with visual impairment in developing countries and many of them, if properly treated when children, could be saved of full blindness or, provided with proper (vocational) education, could become useful and respected members of their communities and not be looked as a burden to their communities and families, thus increasing the chances of caring family members for a better life style. Visually impaired people in the developing countries and their care givers are specific multiple marginalized groups that often falls aside of assistance providers and whose support needs specific understanding of the target group needs and constrains.
 
EADEA action appears a kind of continuation of a previous African action for improvement of education of blind students and thus contributing to the eradication of poverty among them and their families, for justice and protection of their human rights, social integration and gender equality. The Rwandan partner has started to work in the field but still there is much to be done and exchange of experience and knowledge about local situations and possibilities in formal education is needed for both sides – for the North and the South. That is why the project envisages exchange visits of experts and working in education/educational NSA-s people with visual impairment – Rwandan to Bulgaria, Estonia and Austria and of Bulgarian, Estonian, Austrian and Croatian experts and blind to Rwanda. Through bringing Rwandan experts to Bulgaria, Estonia and Austria to get acquainted with our achievements in students with visual impairment education and to get acquainted with and consult our specific designed for students with visual impairment DE resource materials and through visit of Bulgarian, Estonian and Austrian experts in Rwanda for assessment of needs there, of the level of their coverage and gaps in it, we expect to achieve better planning of specific development assistance, concerning not only the project partner countries but also with European added value as such DE materials designed for blind or partially blind students still does not exist up to our best knowledge.
The project activities are designed to respond to specific needs of the target group be complementary to what exists/lacks in the formal educational system. Thus there are 3 working packages that shall be implemented to bring the desired outputs and results (additional to the 0 WP for project management): WP 1 – Capacity building, WP 2 – Preparation of DE resources designed for students with specific educational needs and WP 3 – Awareness raising.
 
Specified expected outputs and results 1. Trained visually impaired promoters of DE; 2. Built new capacity for DEAR; 3. Raised public awareness on global interdependencies and EU and sub-Saharan countries relations in broadened auditoria; 4. Changed attitudes in target group communities towards development cooperation; 5. Increased active engagement of European citizens with visual impairment in contribute in contribution to achievement of the MDGs; 6. Better integration of development issues into formal education systems in Member States; 7. Raised level of engagement to promote coherence of development; 8. Greater mobilization in new Member States through networking, campaign work, exchange of experience and best practices; 9. Filled gap in availability of GDE materials designed to meet specific educational needs; 10.Formed international network with developed capacity for preparation of DE resources for groups with special educational needs.

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History:

Partners:

1. Adra Bulgaria
2. Südwind Agentur
3. Estonian Foundation for the Visually Impaired
4. Adra Rwanda
5. Croatian Typhlological Museum

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