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EACEA Kick–off Meeting for Social Inclusion!

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On the 25th  and 26th of February, ΑΚΜΙ S.A. participated with UNIQUE: EqUal iNclusIon of LGBTIQ stUdents in VET project, in the Coordinators' kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ Social Inclusion and Common Values: Contribution in the Field of Education and Training which was organized virtually by EACEA. 

During the meeting, the Coordinators of the selected funding projects of the respective 2020 EU Call for more inclusive education across Europe, had the opportunity to meet each other and discuss the current opportunities and challenges that are arising in our joint efforts. Education is a pivotal area where social inclusion, one of the main pillars of the European Union, could be encouraged and achieved. Therefore, it is a pleasure to feel that we will contribute to establishing a society where everyone will feel welcomed, safe and protected. 

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of EU policy priorities and recent developments in the field with the participation of representatives from DG Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, as well as to a short introduction of the projects. From AKMI’s side, Ms Victoria Topalidi, Project Manager of the UNIQUE project, informed the participants about the scope of the project, its main activities and expected outcomes. The day closed with a World Café, where the participants exchanged views and practices for the management of their projects.

The second day covered more technical aspects as EACEA Project Officers provided the necessary guidelines that need to be followed throughout project implementation. At the end of the day, participants shared a networking opportunity, building bridges for collaboration within their forthcoming activities.

The Unique project aims at changing the perceptions and attitudes towards LGBTIQ learners within Vocational Education and Training (VET) environment by introducing innovative and gender-sensitive training materials as well as educating VET teachers in safeguarding and promoting a non-discriminatory classroom. It is a two-year project (2021-2023), funded by Erasmus+ under Key Action 3, composed of 9 partners from Greece, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Germany.