- Name of the project: Barrier Detectives
- Date of Project: 12.07.2021. – 30.09.2021.
- Partner organization: Verein für Jugendhilfe und Sozialarbeit e.V. (JuSeV)
- Coordinating organization: ASA Programm via Engagement Global
- Sending organizations: BRAVO
- Place: Your local communities
- Participants age: 18-30
- The number of participants: 6 volunteers (BiH), 6 volunteers (MNE)
- Working language: English + Bosnian + Montenegrin
- Deadline for applying:30.06.2021.
About the project
Do you know someone who can’t participate in daily life activities because society doesn’t care about that person’s needs and equity? Or does this apply to you?
Persons with disabilities (PWD) have to face this reality every day, but you could help get the ball of equity rolling! Are you inspired to volunteer your time learning about barriers and identifying those in public life, collecting data on accessibility at a couple of public locations to improve the status of PWD in your community?
The organisation “JuSeV” from Germany and NGO “BRAVO” from Bosnia and Herzegovina are giving you a chance to be a volunteer through the project “Barrier detectives”. The project is being implemented in Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. To that occasion, we invite young volunteers to participate in the project.
In this project, you will participate in a training about the rights of PWD and the way in which those rights are or are not respected in the target countries (with a special focus on your own communities) in an international online training (partly in English, partly in your own language). You will then have a chance to check for barriers in mobility and communication in several public facilities in your area (libraries, sports and leisure facilities, playgrounds, etc.), following a “barriers checklist” provided by the project coordinators. Similarly, you will have a chance to interview persons in charge of those facilities and advocate for more inclusive practices. Afterwards, we will analyze the data collected and share knowledge and experiences in an online conference, gathering guest speakers and volunteers from each participating country.
Some objectives behind this project include:
– Raise awareness of issues persons with disabilities face in their daily lives
– Promote equity and social inclusion in local communities
– Train the volunteers in becoming life-long advocates of human rights, and rights of PWD in particular
– Promote active citizenship and international cooperation
Some activities the volunteers will participate in:
– Interactive digital training
– Checking barriers in mobility and communication in local communities
– Interviewing persons in charge of local public facilities
– Active participation in an international conference
– Direct engagement with individuals with disabilities and organizations of PWD
– Networking with young volunteers from several countries
Profile of the volunteers:
– Aged 18-30, regardless of identity (gender, nationality, religion , beliefs, etc.)
– Students and young people of any profile who wish to fight for human rights for persons with disabilities and to gain international experience,
– Willing to detect barriers that prevent PWDs from meeting their daily life responsibilities by keeping records in checklists provided by the project coordinators
The project will provide:
– An education on the topic and training on how to detect barriers (online training, interactive, 2x3h long)
– Working in teams or individually, applying the knowledge from the training and execute barrier checks in practice
– To share the results of the research and experience through an online conference with other young detectives from other countries
– Certificate of participation in an international development project
– The necessary materials and support from the project coordinators
– The chance to address people in charge to advocate for better accessibility
– Online training in mid July (14. & 15., afternoon hours)
– Barrier checking in second half of July & first half of August (on your own schedule)
– International online conference in September (dates will be announced during training sessions)
About partner organization
The Association for Youth Welfare Services and Social Work (JuSeV) is an approved provider of youth welfare services in the Federal State of Brandenburg, based in Fürstenwalde/Spree. The association is working with children, youth and families in different fields of social pedagogy and social work as well as in formal and non-formal education, locally and community-based, regionally, state-wide and internationally through cooperation with partners from all over Europe.
Its facilities and services include a protestant primary school, children daycare centers, youth clubs and community centers as well as a protestant youth training center; other activities are e.g. social work and integrative care at schools, various voluntary services and the promotion of democracy, integration and participation of young people.
Children and young people at the fringes of society are addressed specifically, their families are supported and promoted, no one is excluded and left behind: JuSeV fulfills these objectives through personal assistants for disabled children and young people, who thus can attend a regular school, through a remedial daycare center at a special school, which integrates pupils from the surrounding primary schools; through a primary school as a model school for inclusion, which also is playing an increasing role in the non-formal education and international youth work of the association.
According to the motto “Learning Life” education in the broadest sense and with many facets is the unifying element of the different working fields with an emphasis on inclusion, integration, promotion of tolerance, active participation and open-mindedness. For this JuSeV creates a lively network in its own facilities and workspaces as well as cooperation with many partners from church and diakonia, youth and welfare associations, local institutions and associations.
Together with partners from the fields of policy-making and civil society JuSeV is engaged in the Platform against Right-Wing Extremism in the city of Fürstenwalde and the Action Alliance for Tolerance in Brandenburg.
About the ASA Program
ASA Programme is part of ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL gGmbH – Service for Development Initiatives. Engagement Global is commissioned by the German Federal Government and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, the ASA Programme is currently co-funded by eight German states: Baden Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Hessen.
Project is within the scope of the programme elements ASA or ASA Academia In the Programme’s global format, a team of participants from Germany and a country in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Southeast Europe works together for three months (between April and June) either in an analogous mode with on-site presence in Germany or digitally from Germany and the respective partner country as well as three months (between July and December) either in an analogous mode with on-site presence in the respective partner country or digitally from Germany and the respective partner country.
The participants address a topic that is anchored in a developmental context and that is of current interest to institutions or universities, in both countries. This teamwork allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by an international, partnership-based cooperation and to expand their skills for creating global and sustainable development