LIDA – Learning Inclusion in a Digital Age: to Belong and Find a Voice in a Changing Europe
Programa Erasmus+, Commissão Europeia
Brit Svoen, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Noruega
31-12-2020 – 30-12-2023
The overarching objective of 'Learning Inclusion in a Digital Age. To Belong and Find a Voice in a Changing Europe' is to develop country specific and pan-European cultures of learning inclusion and active citizenship in digitally joined-up educational eco-systems incorporating education policy and society (Level 1), the education sector and its institutions (Level 2) adult minorities in situations of vulnerability and educators, professionals and learners (Level 3).
A range of innovative cultures of learning inclusion utilising distant, online and blended resources are created for the growing number of adult minorities in situations of vulnerability in Europe, particularly migrants and refugees and other people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This group face health, employment, gender, cultural and educational challenges on arrival and even as second or third generations grow up in Europe. This is compounded by lack of access to the skills and competencies required to become socially included. All European societies face the risk that adult minorities in situations of vulnerability will remain spectators in society without the lifelong capacity to be active citizens capable of clearly expressing their needs, identities and sense of belonging.
In LIDA, adult minorities in situations of vulnerability, understood as refugees and migrants and other people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, and their teachers and associated professionals engage with these issues and learn how to create cultures of inclusion and a particular kind of voice expressing belonging and active citizenship supported by digital learning resources, such as digital narratives.