Acting Plan

Summary: 
The project aim is to create a collaboration project of educators and organizations who are involved
in learning process of adults with disabilities. Target group: educational arenas like organizations, institutions who support the education for persons with disabilities. The project activities will share and develop new courses and methods with the aim to promote and improve inclusive education for adults with disabilities.
Main results will be:
* A collection of actual best practice in inclusive education in the partners country.
* A catalogue over obstacles (pedagogical, financial, attitude between disabled and non-disabled etc.) and suggestions have to reduce these
obstacles.
* General guidelines for inclusive education.
* Specific examples of guidelines for inclusive education for persons with visual impairments and persons with hearing problems.
* Specific training programmes for teachers to inclusive education for persons with visual impairments and persons with hearing problems.
* A leaflet to make the results more accessible and implementable.

The results of the project will be accessible on the project website www.b-inclusive.net - and the project will present the results on a final conference.

Project description

Programme objectives

Which objectives of the Nordplus Adult programme does your project support? To support adult education and learning to meet the challenges of modern citizenship

Specify how the project supports the chosen objective:
Still too many persons with disability are isolated in segregated learning milieus. To meet the challenges of modern citizenship they have to be in an inclusive learning milieu as well as persons without disability has to be together with persons with disability.
The Project idea is to develop the abilities of organizations in the area of inclusive education (both non- formal and formal adults with disabilities education)
This implies:

  • to develop guidelines for educators which focuses how to provide inclusive training programs for adults with disabilities.
  • to develop methodologies and management skills for stakeholders how to provide inclusive education for adults with disabilities
  • To present the results on national conferences  

Project aim
The general aim of this project is to promote the inclusive formal and non-formal learning for persons with disabilities (PD). Thus can be achieved throw the development of General guidelines for educators and Specific guidelines for educators regarding adults with visual and hearing impairments that makes more inclusive educational activities possible.
The key word for this aim is “inclusive education” meaning that, students with special needs spend
most or all of their time with non-disabled students. That means, that they are most ready for daily life, and challenges in society as well as they are more adapted for open work market, are active citizens and have more opportunities for motivation and growing up as an important part of “the good life” and “Lifelong Learning”.
The objectives are in accordance with the priorities announced in the Call for Proposals 2015
1. development of training opportunities for teachers, mentors and other pedagogical staff in adult learning.
2. the development of new General guidelines and Specific guidelines with the aim of improving disabled adults’ access to inclusive learning, improving the quality of inclusive adult learning.

Background
Education must be recognized as a fundamental right implying that persons with disabilities have the right to receive education of the same quality as any other person, in an environment that takes into account their individual needs. In order to achieve this, policies of educational establishments must address comprehensive access, to all other education opportunities in a lifelong learning perspective. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires to enable persons with disabilities to have effective access to general formal and non-formal life-long learning. Education, training
and continuous learning are central pillars of the right to work. This is also often the first stage at
which persons with disabilities fall behind in opportunities related to access to, and advancement in, employment.
Lack of access to education and training in skills relevant to the labor market are also major barriers. Many countries have developed learning strategies for persons with disabilities. Often, however, such training tends to take place in separate settings and frequently addresses skills and activities that are not demanded by the labor market and guided by low expectations in terms of what persons with disabilities can do. Consequently, persons with disabilities may be trained for many years without any expectation of inclusion into the open labor market and without realising their abilities.
The principal objective of providing learning for persons with disabilities is to enhance their employability to ensure that they are competitive in the open labor market on an equal basis with others. So, all countries should ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with learning in inclusive settings and that the most marginalized groups, such as persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, are included. The environment, teaching and learning and organization of the educational establishment
and education system should be changed in order to remove barriers to students with disabilities, so
that they can maximise their academic and social achievements. An inclusive approach is beneficial to all students, whether they are disabled or not, or whether they have learning difficulties or not. Lack of progress to inclusion is also due to the fact that there is often a lack of technical and human resources in mainstream education.

The main aim of the project is to encourage formal and non formal learning providers to became „disability friendly“ teaching institutions and promote active participation of persons with disabilities in learning processes in order to stimulate their professional, social, personal and career development.
For this reason Partners will develop General guidelines for educators which focuses how to provide training programs for adults with disabilities and will develop new methodologies and management
skills as well as new specific guidelines how to provide education for adults with vision and hearing impairments. Developed General guidelines and Specific guidelines will be the tool for teaching institutions for becoming more inclusive and for disabled persons organizations and disabled persons for their campaign for inclusive education.

Nordic/Baltic added value
Developing inclusive education means developing the whole system like curriculum, structure, learning materials, general and special support. Development approach to the learning needs of youth and adults is a long and difficult work to do. But firstly if we want that person feel successful in his/her studies now we need to start with working culture at the beginning. Sometimes it’s enough to understand the barriers which facing a people with disabilities. The general guidelines for educators would help to understand what kind of problems facing people with difference disabilities and what most important how to react properly. Nordic inclusive education system is based on equality and inclusiveness it has a long history and experience to share. On the other hand Baltic countries already has rearrange education system that’s too an opportunity to share experience and challenges. The added value of the project is that in the frame of this project outcomes and results more Nordic/Baltic adult citizens with disability will have a possibility to achieve better and more qualitative education and to realize their abilities and skills, to give more benefit for society as whole.
The project reflects following Nordplus aims:
1. strengthen and develop Nordic co-operation on education and help to create a Nordic–Baltic educational area.
Nordic countries cooperation in all areas of life has long continuing tradition. The Baltic countries partners continue their collaboration and cooperation for more than 12 years. The Nordic partners (DOF, Funkis, Fjolment and Studieframjändet) and Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (LAAE) are directed involved in adult education whereas LNF, SUSTENTO and EPIK are experienced in working with/for persons with disabilities. The project provides perfect opportunity to combine both - knowledge and experience of learning and preparation curricula and dealing and understanding of persons with disabilities.
2. support, build on, reap the benefits of and promote innovative products and processes in education through the systematic exchange of experiences and good practice.
The The General Guidelines (WP3 ph1) and Specific guidelines (WP1 ph2) for educators who provides adults education will be an initiative outcome of the project. They will encourage educators to pay
more patient attention to persons with disabilities as possible their clients and to help for their abilities realisation.
3. promote Nordic language and culture and mutual Nordic-Baltic linguistic and cultural understanding; page 2 of 8
4. Improve understanding of Nordic languages (primarily Danish, Swedish and Norwegian), especially among children and young people;
5. Stimulating interest in and knowledge and understanding of the Nordic languages.
Partners meetings and communication during the meetings are going not only about the project aims and outcomes. Partners are interested in and partners gain new knowledge about each partner's country, language, history, culture during informal communication and visiting of sightseeing places.

Activities
The activities will be organized in work packages (WP):
1WP Coordinating and project implementing. Project Steering Committee will be set up by two project partners: DOF and LNF. The Steering Committee will meet at least four times (during partners meetings) aiming at:
a) taking strategic decisions on the project, providing feedback on the activity report from project partners and measuring the progress.
Project Steering Committee will be responsible for:
b) management and organizational structure of the project;
c) harmonized implementation of activities;
Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

a) efficient overall budget execution.
Steering Committee will organize working meetings – webinars/skype/Facebook conferences at least every month to sum up each other's work as well as elaborate on further work tasks. Since most of the WP require involvement of all partners, all project partners will be constantly communicating via email and other ICT.
Steering Committee is also responsible for:
b) reporting on the project implementation process quarterly to the social partners and public. Project Partners' websites will be updated respectively;
c) ensuring project publicity and visibility following Nordplus Adult (NA) guidelines and requirements;
h) ensuring of providing final technical and financial report.
The Steering Committee (DOF and LNF) will be solely responsible for communication with the NA. Partner organizations will be obligated to provide all necessary information and documents in due time on the request of the Steering Committee.
Each project partner will has it's own budget and will be responsible for co-funding in proportion according the amount they receive. Each project partner will be responsible for activities them assigned and for financial reporting of it's part.
1WP Outcomes: half-day kick-off meeting during the first meeting (2WP) of Project Partners steering committee dedicated to the review of the proposed activities and development of the work plan. The Partnership agreement will be signed between the Coordinator and Partners in English.
2-3 hour meetings during the partners meetings (2WP) may logically follow the working meeting of the Project Partnership for interim evaluation of the project progress, strategic decisions and final financial and technical report. 8 persons (1 responsible person from each partner organization). Interim reports 2 pcs, electronic format, English;
Final financial report, electronic, printed, English;
Final technical report, electronic, printed, English;
2-3 hour meetings organized once using ICT (webinars/skype/facebook conferences) per month for monitoring and detailed planning of activities.
Project and partners websites. Updated information on the project and partners websites regular following the events and the progres of the project, electronic, National languages and English. -------------------
2WP. Partners meetings in 4 hosting countries. The meetings aim - to introduce the good practice, obstacles and barriers for inclusive education. The knowledge both Good practice and obstacles and barriers are necessary for 3WP - to develop General guidelines and Specific guidelines for educators. The partners meetings will be implemented four times in different 4 hosting countries (Latvia, Island, Estonia, Lithuania). Each hosting country will prepare in cooperation with the Steering Committee special meeting agenda, date and place and sent to the partners as well as practical details no later than one month before the meeting.
Each partner country will describe good practice examples regarding inclusive learning. Descriptions will be send to the Steering Committee no later than 15th of September, 2015. Examples will be collected and structured by the Steering Committee and put on the agenda for the first meeting for discussion and how these good examples could be used/implemented in the different countries (phase 1).
The partners will have the possibility to be acknowledged of some good examples in the hosting country to see the good practice works in reality.
Each partner countries will provide obstacles and barriers in their countries for more inclusive learning for adult persons with disability and suggestions how to solve them.
Examples will be collected and structured by the Steering Committee and will be the material for the second meeting ( phase 2)
The project partners are responsible for transport tickets, accommodation and local transport according to the budget.
Participants in the meeting should be the 1 person responsible for the project success in the partner organization (always the same) and 1 person mostly involved in the meeting subject form each partner organization. 16 persons in total.
The hosting country is responsible for the minutes from the meeting including the decisions taken under the meeting.
The Steering Committee will be responsible for an evaluation form and the collection of the form.
The meetings timetable and phases:
1 ph. Latvia, October, 2015. (3 days) Primary agenda:
1.1 Kick-off meeting. Signed agreement, responsibilities sharing, agreed action plan.

1.2 Discussion and decision about the collected examples of good practice.
1.3 Discussion and decision about the webpage (WP4) – design and functionality. 1.4 Visit some good practice examples in Latvia.
1.5 Evaluation of the meeting.

2 ph. Iceland, March, 2016. (3 days) Primary agenda:
2.1 Discussion about general obstacles and barriers on inclusive education and possible solutions from the partners collected and structured by the Steering Committee.
2.2 Discussion about a model for General guidelines for teachers/educators working with inclusive education for adult persons with disabilities and distribution of tasks among the partners for developing special parts of guidelines (WP3).
2.3 Discussion about a model for Specific Guidelines for teachers/educators working with inclusive education with persons with vision and hearing impairments and distribution of tasks among the partners for developing special parts of guidelines (WP3).
2.4 Visit some good practice examples on Iceland.
2.5 Discussion and decision about interim report, prepared by the Steering Committee before the meeting.
2.6 Evaluation of the meeting.

3 ph. Estonia, July, 2016. (3 days) Primary agenda:
3.1. Discussion and decision about General guidelines for teachers working with inclusive education. The parts of guidelines will be prepared and send to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will include all the parts in final draft of guidelines and will present to the partners. The final draft will be discussed and accepted by all the partners. (WP3).
3.2. Discussion and decision about general guidelines for teachers working with inclusive education. The Specific guidelines for persons with vision and hearing impairments. The parts of guidelines will be prepared and send to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will include all the parts in final draft of guidelines and will present to the partners. The final draft will be discussed and accepted by all the partners. (WP3)
3.3. Discussion and decision about the interim report, prepared by the Steering Committee before the meeting.
3.4. Visit some good practice examples in Estonia.
4. Lithuania. November-start of December, 2016. (3 days) Primary agenda:
4.1. Discussion and decision about the final outcome of the project/the report.
4.2. The last preparation of the final presentation of the result at a conference.
4.3. Visit some good practice examples in Lithuania.
4.4. The press conference and conference.

Outcomes of the 2WP:
1. compilation of good practice examples regarding inclusive learning for adult persons with disability in the Nordic/Baltic countries for possible adaptation at other partner countries and national development. 2. catalogue over obstacles and barriers regarding inclusive adult persons with disability learning in each country and suggestions to solutions;


3WP. The development of General guidelines and guidelines for persons with vision and hearing impairments (two phases).
1 ph. The General guidelines for teachers/educators will focuses how to provide inclusive training programs for adults with disabilities.
The partners will develop a general model for guidelines to teachers that could help them to be more qualified to work with inclusive education. The General Guidelines focus how to make courses available, accessible and welcoming to people with a variety of disabilities - and how to managed the pedagogical challenges there will be in inclusive education. We believe these general guidelines should be the first base line for providers of inclusive adult education to adopt. The guidelines would include ways to invite, describe and adapt courses to make most people feel welcome. They would also include ways to invite the students to describe special needs for adaptation without making them ‘outsiders’. Norwegian and Islandic partners (Funkis and Fjolment) will be responsible for guidelines drafting, presentation to the partners and tasks dissemination among the partners.

Because of the diversity of persons with disability, the partners will focus, to make more concrete guidelines for two groups of persons with disability (PD) in specific area. The guidelines will be prepared for teachers regarding inclusive education of persons with visual and hearing impairments. This target group is selected basing on statistical data that persons with visual and hearing impairments are the one of the most numerous group of adult students. Lithuania and Denmark (LAAE, LNF and DOF) will be responsible for specific guidelines drafting, presentation to the partners and tasks dissemination among the partners.
The model of both guidelines will be drafted during 2WP ph. 2.2 and both guidelines will be agreed and confirmed during 2WP ph. 3.1
The guidelines will be developed in English and will be translated in partners national languages, published in the project and partners website.

The outcomes of this activity will be :
1. Developed General guidelines
2. Developed Specific guidelines for teachers regarding inclusive education of persons with visual and hearing impairments;

4WP. Information dissemination and publicity campaign
Dissemination of results is an important feature in the Nordplus Adult programme. During the contract period the webpage www.b-inclusive.net will be established for the project as part of the dissemination activities. The partners will make a publishable description of the results achieved in the final report.
It is very important that the message about importance of inclusive education would reach target group - adult learning providers and education policy and decision makers from the Nordic and Baltic sector. The all material and outcomes will be translated in all Partner countries languages. This WP can be divided into 5 phases:
1. phase. Web page development. The webpage www.b-inclusive.net will be established. The aim of
the website - to present outcomes of the project, initiate internal discussions and sharing information between the partners and the public. This activity will start immediately after the first meeting and DOF
in Denmark will be responsible. Each partner will be responsible for their information on the webpage in accordance with agreed rules for uploading and renewing. Finalized papers and recommendations will be accessible – also for persons with disability - on the webpage. All papers and minutes from partner meetings will be placed on the webpage.
2. phase. Communication of project activities and its presentation to the public. In order to effectively promote the ideas of inclusive education, the activities of the project have to be effectively communicated to the targeted groups (i.e. inclusive learning providers and education policy makers). With the view
of achieving this goal the web-sites of partners will inform their auditory about the project going and achievements; the respective communication activities will be implemented through the channels of communication of the partners organizations (e.g. newsletters, articles and feeds of information) and
the opportunities, provided by the social media channels, will be utilized (e.g. FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter). This phase is going to take place throughout the whole period of project implementation.
3. phase. A series of local meetings offering new guidelines for a selected group of educators (formal and non-formal education providers) will be implemented immediately after the guidelines development. Partners are responsible to organize at least one meeting in each country with national stakeholders. The aim of meetings is to pay the attention to possible training attendees - PD. Participants of the meetings will be formal and non-formal education providers, authorities and several PD and/or representatives of Disabled Persons organization, who will participate in discussions and will confirm the necessity of inclusive learning.
The meetings that are held will be open to have guest speakers from partner countries. Number of participants at each of the local meetings will be decided and accordingly budgeted by each partner organisation, who is in charge of organising the event. Possibility to invite guest speakers from partner countries is as well to be budgeted out of the need of each of those events.
4. phase. Conference in Lithuania will be launched during the last partners’ meeting. The final report and a leaflet with short description of the project, importance of inclusive education, main results and links to the project outcomes and the project website will be disseminated during the conference. With the aim
to notice and consolidate the importance of education of PD the Conference will be launched during the period between adults education week, which usualy takes the end of November and the International Disability day, 3rd of December, 2016. The aim of the to present the project outcomes, findings, promote inclusive learning. The foreseen participants are 2 persons from each partners' organization, 30 persons
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from Lithuania responsible/involved/ participating in the inclusive teaching process. 44 persons in total. LNF will be responsible for the conference.
5. phase. Press Conference at the beginning of the Conference (ph.4). The aim of the Press conference not only to present the project outcomes, but to pay attention of wide public to the main obstacles and barriers for inclusive learning of PD. LNF will be responsible for the Press conference.

4WP outcomes:
1. established project webpage;
2. uploaded and constantly renewed information about the project in the partners websites; information in social media (to those partners who use);
3. implemented local meetings with stakeholders. At least 1 in each country with 10 participants - adult learning providers in each meeting.
4. implemented conference (1) with 48 participants
5. implemented press conference (1) in Lithuania and leaflet (approx. 200 pcs).

Organisation
Asociacija "Lietuvos neįgaliųjų forumas" (LNF) (EN. Lithuanian forum for the Disabled) was established in 27 August, 2001. LNF is an umbrella, non-governmental, non-profit organization. At the moment it
has 14 members – national organizations representing over 280 000 people with disabilities and their families members in Lithuania.
The mission of LNF is: to strive toward state policy that promotes human, social and economical rights for disabled. LNF follows the principles of equal possibilities for all and nondiscrimination for people with disabilities.
The work direction of LNF is: to promote disability in the governmental and local policy, as well as influencing process of adopting positively set legislation for people with disabilities, to promote policy, which protect rights of the people with special disabilities, to cooperate with different agencies on national and local level. Representatives of LNF participate in various levels working groups for improving education system for persons with disabilities.
One of LNF working areas is inclusive education for people with disabilities. It is recognized that
low educated people face with a risk of poverty more often that people with high qualification.
TLNF has close cooperation with the ISM University of Management and Economics in Lithuania, Šiauliai University, Lithuanian Educology University. Two years ago we had focused issue regarding improvement of ISM services for students with disability. At the moment LNF is coordinating partner in the Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci partnership project "Recommendations for Inclusive Vocational and Higher ducation for Persons with Disabilities" The skills and knowledge obtained during this project will help for our common project. LNF provides training courses regarding UN Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights implementation and defense, accessibility and disability etiquette in Lithuania. The mid terms goals for LNF are to become teaching resources center and provide disability related training for stakeholders.
LNF is member organisation of European Disability Forum which unites all disability umbrella and international disability organizations, working in inclusive education as well.

Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (LAAE) was established on 24 February 1992. LAAE is a public non-profit independent union of individuals and organizations of various types. In 2015 there are 127 individual and 32 legal members, 8 regional branches.
MISSION of Association:
LAAE in cooperation with Lithuanian and foreign adult educators and institutions, is calling get together individuals and representatives of various organizations for the purpose to promote an approach of Life Long Learning within the society and the development of an opportunities for continuing education. Strategic developments of LAAE are:
- Development of regional bodies;
- Development and dissemination of methodology for adult education trainers;
- Development of leadership skills within NGOs;
- Development of adult education policy within regions.
LAAE is participating in creation of the main policy documents and legal acts on education. LAAE was the initiator of adopting the Law on Non-formal Adult Education (active from 1998). According the Law

Organisation

on Education LAAE sends its representative to the Council of Education of Lithuania which enables to advocate the interests of adult education in education policy debates.
Our activities are based upon such principles:
- Openness for ideas, initiatives and experience;

- Responsible and good willing work within a team;
- Efficiency, e.g. to fulfill tasks in time and according agreed standards.
AIMS of the Association:
-To invite adult educators and the institutions, discussing adult education
issues, for joint work;
-To develop adults capacities for active participation in their professional and
community life;
- To develop adults need for continuous education;
- To represent Lithuanian adult educators in the country and abroad.
To realize those aims, Association is focusing its activities in such directions:
• Adults Teaching / Learning Methods and Development of Skills to Work with Adult Groups;
• NGO Leaders Training; Development of NGO Strategy;
• Development of Adults Civic Skills;
• Adults Social Initiatives Possibilities Development.
Those activities take such forms:
- Seminars and conferences;
- Study visits abroad;
- Consultations;
- International Projects;
- Gathering and Dissemination of Information
- E-journal “Savišvieta” (“Self Education”);
- Mediation for getting contacts in adult education.
Other main activities are: organization of Adult Education Weeks, development partnership with similar organizations from other countries, non-formal meetings of LAAE members.
MEMBERSHIP:
1.In 1993 Association became a member of European Adult Education Association (EAEA).
2.In 2003 LAAE became a members of ReferNet, the European network of reference and
expertise provides high quality.
information on a wide range of developments in Vocational Education and Training (VET)
3. In 2007 LAAE became a member of the National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform (NGDO Platform). LAAE participated in NGDO Platform meetings and events
at national and international levels, providing ideas for preparing documents to domestic institutions engaged in development cooperation, is working in the fields of development education.
4. Nordic – Baltic network of Adult Education.
5. Since 2014 LAAE is a members of international network EBSN (European Basic Skills Network).
The LAAE is also:
• One of the establishers of the Estate Academy of Rumšiškės museum.
• A co-ordinator of the Baltic Sea NGO Network for Lithuania, www.balticseango.net .
• A associate partner of the international LEM Network (Learning Museum Network,
www.lemproject.eu ).
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Fjölmennt adult education and resource center, Island.
Information on Fjölmennt adult education and resource center, Island. Fjölmennt is an adult course-and resource center for learning disabled people, 20 years old and older.
Fjölmennt also provides special educational consultation for adult education centers national wide in order to enable them to develop educational opportunities for people with learning disabilities, enable them to meet individual needs of the students, and educate their teachers.
Fjölmennt provides a broad variation of courses in adult education to people with different kind of learning disabilities, but mostly for people with severe and profound disabilities in area of cognitive learning disabilities, multiply disabilities and autism.
Courses can be focused on perception, communication, social participation, experience, leisure, knowledge or skills in different areas.
The courses are usually once a week, for one semester at a time, but people can apply for most courses again as long as they wish. There is no upper limit in age, nor lower limit in function for attendants.
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Each semester around 300 persons attend to Fjölmennt's courses.
Fjölmennt partly finances adult educational courses for additional 400 persons in the different centers around Iceland.
Fjölmennt is a non-profit institution under the two countrywide organisations for disabled people: Þroskahjálp, organization of associations for learning disabled people and their relativs and Öryrkjabandalagið, organization of associations for disabled people.
Fjölmennt is financed through a service-contract with the ministry of education and low course-fee for students.
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The Estonian Chamber of Disabled People (shortly EPIK) is a legal body voluntarily created and publicly acting, joining together societies and unions of people with disabilities all over Estonia. EPIK was established on February 26th 1993. Today EPIK has 46 member organisations, of which 16 county level umbrella organisations for people with disabilities (15 counties and the city of Tallinn) and 30 (national covering all of Estonia) disability-specific unions and societies. EPIK have been actively involved in drawing up the concept of inclusive education strategies. The organisation is also backing strongly
up for families with disabiled children, facilitation accession to differnet kind of support schemes for inclusive education, social protection, childcare etc. We regularily provide training for our membership and stakeholders, in light of UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities. An important task of the organisation is change attitudes in society through education.
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Studieforbundet Funkis i an umbrella NGO with 67 member organisations, with in total around 320000 individual members. Funkis is politically indipendent, our goal is to support and develop and coordinate education within our member organisations. The member organisations are our owners, and elect
our board in our yearly assembly. Funkis collects and develops competence on adapted education
with the help of the member organisations and their volonteers. Funkis is registered and confirmed as 'studieforbund' according to Norwegian law. This means that
we receive funds from the Ministry of Education, funds that are (90%) allocated to our member organisations' spesific learning activities. The learning activities consentrate on three main themes: Health, diagnosis, physical activities etc.
Organisation: Developing competence in running an organisation, planning activities etc.
Crafts and interests, from languages, to handicraft to IT to cultural competence.
We support more than 100000 hours of learning in 6000 courses every year. We allocate more
than 25 million Norwegian kroner to these courses. We also develop cmmon competences like self mangagement courses, user participatin courses and net coaching. Funkis was founded in 1994 and celebrated its 20 year anniversary in september 2014. We have a professional staff of 5 persons. ---------------------
The Latvian Umbrella body for Disability Organizations SUSTENTO is non-profit organization uniting
45 nongovernmental organizations, which incorporate people with different disabilities and chronic illnesses. The organization has 50 thousand members and works across all of Latvia. The general objective of SUSTENTO is to take care of the common interests of the member organizations. The
aim of the organization is to promote opportunity of equal participation for all members of the society,
to enable protection of rights of people with disabilities in order to provide inclusion of them in to
society. SUSTENTO is an organization which has with previous projects insured reliability in the eyes
of the public and confirmed that the basis of every activity is situation analysis and adequately chosen methods, to accomplish the main task in eliminating any problem – making information available and receivable. SUSTENTO is working to promote equitable and effective access to any kind of services. --------------------------------------
Dansk Oplysnings Forbund (DOF) is a national organization consisting app. 250 free and independent member evening schools which offer adult education on a non-formal basis.
DOF's main objectives are to promote the interrests of its member schools and to improve the conditions for ALL on a more general basis. To fulfill its objectives, DOF offer both concrete services and support
to its member schools and is highly involved with the development of the schools educational programs. DOF wishes, through the activities of its member schools to contribute to the development of personal, social and professional skills in order to strengthen broad general education of the individual. The idea
is to support and enhance the citizens desire to take an active part in the development of society. In this process DOF also works internationally to strengthen intercultural understanding.
DOF has a special focus on inclusive education. Each year app. 150.000 hours is spent on training adults with disability out of 350.000 hours in total.DOF has a Disability and Special education Committee
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consisting of 7 representatives picked from the member schools that implements educational options for adults with disabilities. The options span from a very wide range of topics - from creative arts, IT, more traditional school subjects to subjects in movement and health.
For the moment DOF have some inclusive education, but we want to improve the inclusive education in according to the principles in the UN Convention on the rights for persons with disability.

DOF will contribute to the project with our experiences and testing specific guidelines and training programs for teachers during the project.
DOF will construct and manage the web-site www.b-inclusive.net.

Collaboration
The management and coordination of the project (WP1) is developed in way to ensure regular communication among partners and reporting on the progress of activities to the Partnership. The WP1 foresees common planning of activities, which will also ensure accountability and coherent coordination between partners.
The project steering committee with the project coordinators in DOF and LNF will be established during the first meeting. The Project steering committee will coordinate all the project activities and will agree and discuss regarding hard and critical moments of the project. DOF will be the project coordinator and administrator, but the work will be done together with LNF in the Steering Committee.
DOF will be responsible for project administrative matters, accounting, proper budget implementation, evaluation, following of the project timeline and quality implementation of all the project activities, interim and final reports preparation. This work will be done in cooperation with LNF in the Steering Committee. The applicant will be responsible for the overall control of the project and timeliness reports submission for NA.
All the partners will be responsible for good practice examples and obstacles and barriers for inclusive education in the partners' country providing for the Steering Committee. Funkis and Fjolment will be responsible for General guidelines (WP3 ph1) drafting and tasks dissemination to the partners. Funkis, DOF, LAAE and Fjolment will provide the information about curricula planning and adaptation, whereas LND, EPIK, SUSTENTO will provide more specific knowledge how to deal with PD.
DOF and LNF will be responsible for Specific guidelines (WP3 ph1) drafting and tasks dissemination. The Steering Committee will be responsible for collection of all outcomes of activities and compilation to general good practice examples, obstacles and barriers for inclusive education. The Steering Committee will be responsible for collection and compilation of all parts of guidelines and providing General Guidelines and Specific Guidelines how to teach persons with visual, hearing impairments for the final approval of partners.
There are foreseen four partners meetings during the project. The project steering committee will
inform all the participants about the project implementation progress. The Steering Committee will present the project interim report. The meeting hosting country will be responsible for meeting place and catering for the participants. The hosting country partner will be responsible for good practice examples providing for participants and transportation. The hosting partner will develop the meeting agenda and will agree it together with the Steering Committee. The Lithuanian Association of Adult Education will be responsible for meeting of partners organizing, catering during the meeting, good practice examples and transportation. LNF will be responsible for the conference and press conference organizing (conference premises, catering, conference agenda, participants and media representatives invitation, handout material).
The DOF will be responsible for the project website establishing and technical maintenance. The Steering Committee will have possibility to join to the website's CMS and will be responsible for the information uploading and renewing in regards the project implementation matters.
All the partners will be responsible for the project results dissemination according the project dissemination plan.

Anchoring
Due to the increased capacities of the all partners in the field of mainstreaming inclusive education of target groups, the project results are likely to have a long-term impact and to be sustainable. Taken into account the LNF, SUSTENTO, EPIK contribution and involvement to the development of various national programs and strategies it is very likely that the developed guidelines will be taken into consideration with the aim of inclusive education promoting in the Baltic countries even after the end of the project implementation period. The local meetings with stakeholders (WP4, ph. 3) Conference and press conference (WP4 ph. 4) will contribute to the development of the evidence-based inclusive education strategies, which will be crucial in providing constructive arguments and data-based contributions in

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mainstreaming inclusive education in the future. The first steps in collecting and publishing of good practice examples (WP2 ph. 1), Obstacles and barriers (WP2 ph. 2), General guidelines (WP3 ph. 1), Specific guidelines for educators how to provide teaching for persons with visual impairments.blind (WP3 ph. 2) will contribute to the prospects of developing new views and strategies with regards to
the previously under-developed area of action. Finally, the using of innovative and interactive methods in the field of communication and awareness raising (WS4) will contribute to the skills of participating organizations in further effectively promoting the ideas of inclusive education in the Nordic/Baltic society. The projects result will improve the inclusive education in all Nordic/Baltic countries. The partners who are responsible for education will increase there activity in inclusive education and continue to develop this area.

After the end of the NA financial support, the Partners will continue its activities in mainstreaming inclusive education through the application of various sustainability strategies. First of all, all the partners have a solid basis for the promotion of the project outcomes, results, ideas alongside the ordinary working field of the particular organization. Secondly, various financing opportunities will be explored and unitised in order to continue the partners activities

Results
The main result of the project - increased capacity of all the partners in inclusive education area.
On organizational level: The participants' obtained knowledge in the field will be used in the daily organizations' work. The middle-term aim of LNF, SUSTENTO, EPIK is to become of teaching resource centers which provide not only the training but also a knowledge how to adapt the curricula for PD. DOF, Funkis, LAAE, Fjolment will have the possibility to adapt their curricula for PD and to share the knowledge among their members.
On participant level: The all organizations staff participating in the meetings (WP2) will increase their capacity and knowledge in the field. it is foreseen to implement 46 mobilities during the project. Thus will improve their daily work and will increase their ability to advocate adults with disabilities right to inclusive education.
On national level: increased awareness of general public and stakeholders in inclusive education necessity and benefits.

the main outcomes of the project:
1. The overview of good practice examples regarding inclusive learning for adult persons with disability in the Nordic/Baltic countries for possible adaptation at other partner countries and national development. 2. The overview of obstacles and barriers regarding inclusive adult persons with disability learning in each country and suggestions to solutions;
3. Developed General guidelines for teachers with a description of each kind of disability, how persons with disabilities (PD) perceive the environment and how to deal with PD.
4. Developed Specific guidelines for teachers regarding inclusive education of persons with visual and hearing impairments; the specific guidelines will help teaches and adult education providers to adapt their curricula accessible for PD
5. established project webpage will improve project partners communication and will provide the project outcomes to the public.
6. uploaded and constantly renewed information about the project in the partners websites; information
in social media (to those partners who use); will inform the project partners' members about the project, project progress, main outcomes and findings.
7. implemented local meetings with stakeholders. At least 1 in each country with 10 participants - adult learning providers in each meeting. Will increase stakeholders (educators, learning providers, authorities, decision makers) understanding in inclusive education area.
8. implemented conference (1) with 46 participants. Will increase Lithuanian stakeholders (educators, learning providers, authorities, decision makers) and motivate to act in inclusive education direction.
9. implemented press conference (1) in Lithuania and leaflet (approx. 200 pcs). raised public awareness in inclusive education area.

Dissemination
Dissemination
Dissemination strategy encompasses the following components:

 

4.4.Dissemination Results and Dissemination

 

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(1) WP4, 1 ph. The Project website – this is a cost effective method as it can be used not only for
the direct dissemination of project’s results but also for related articles, analyses, presentations of/
from mpartners meetings, meetings with local stakeholders, conference. This method will also make
the project deliverables available for a broader audience (good practice examples, obstacles and barriers, both guidelines). For greater attractiveness of the project, website will be created taking into consideration requirements for the informational accessibility.
(2) WP4, 2ph Publications on the project – this method will describe the results and experience of the project which will increase visibility of the project. All the partners has own websites, most of partners has accounts in social network (Facebook, Twitter, etc). The partners will upload the project outcomes, results, obtained knowledge on their own websites in national languages and will share in social networks. All the partners has own network of organizations providing or related with teaching for adults. The information encouraging to pay more attention to inclusive education will be shared throw the partners network.
(3) WP4, 3ph Local meetings with stakeholders – these methods will provide the opportunity for the respective national stakeholders to acquire necessary information regarding importance of inclusive education for target groups as well as the ways to ensure that.
(4) The conference and press conference in Lithuania will give the opportunity to introduce the project outcomes for the broader auditory of adult learning providers and other stakeholders in Lithuania. The participants of the Conference will be adult education providers, national authorities, decision makers , national disabled persons organizations in Lithuania. The aim of press conference is to inntrodce the project outcomes and to promote inclusive education for the general Lithuanian pubic as well.

Evaluation
Evaluation will be carried out periodically during the course of the project; therefore it will be possible
to introduce improvements on the current basis. All the evaluation activities carried out at local/national level by the partners will be reported and the reports will be sent to the Steering Committee, analysed to monitor if the project is being realized properly, according to the established work plan, and the results will be disseminated among the Partners. If there are any unexpected problems, the Steering Committee will be the contact for all the Partners. Trainees will also participate to the assessment phase.
Evaluation of progress:
The Steering Committee will provide interim reports on the Project progress during the partners meetings (WP1 ph 2 and WP1 ph3)
At the end of each visit, the group of partners will take some hours to elaborate a report of the visit in English. At the same time short reports describing local activities at planned stages of the project are prepared and sent by each Partner to the Steering Committee. These reports are a tool for evaluation if the detailed work plan presented is being realized correctly. If there are any problems or disorders, it will be discussed with the Partners. Regular reports will also enable to act immediately when the problems occur.
Final evaluation:
A final visit is planned to organise evaluation of the project and creation of future cooperations of the group.
Evaluation of staff involvement:
Partners are obliged to write short reports describing each of their local project activities and explaining to what extent relevant staff is involved in these activities.
Evaluation of the results and target groups satisfaction:
- Participants are asked to give their opinions about the project. Their opinions will be considered to improve project actions;
-Evaluation of project coordination:
After one year, Partners will evaluate the project coordination. Points of attention will be: quality of the communication system, project documentation (agenda’s, reports), steering and motivation, suggestions for improvements.
Evaluation tools
Questionnaires (evaluation of project coordination, website, target group satisfaction) Reports (staff involvement, etc.), Internal platform of the project, website, web conferences.

 

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6.Budget - Budget

6.1. Budget

Comments to the budget
The each partner organization will be provided of agreed according budget amount of funding. Each partner obligates to provide 25 % of their activities budget for the project co-funding.
The 5% for administration (=3.490 €) is not included in the budget.
Other costs are specified in the attached Nordplus Budget file.

Attachment

  • *  LoI_Island.pdf

  • *  LoI_LAAE_Lithuania.pdf

  • *  LoI_Norway.pdf

  • *  LoI_Latvia.jpeg

  • *  LoI_Estonia.pdf

  • *  Nordplus Budget NPAD-2015:10084.xls

  • *  DOF LOI.pdf

  • *  LoI_LNF_Lithuania.pdf

  • *  Studieframjändet - LOI.pdf

    8.Submitt

    8.1. Submitt

EUR - Euro

Nordplus contribution

Own contribution

Sum

Project support

Travel expenses

24 420

0

24 420

Board and lodging

7 980

0

7 980

Work hours

43 165

29 275

72 440

Other costs (specify below)

16 500

3 500

20 000

SUM - Project support

92 065

32 775

124 840

SUM - Total

92 065

32 775

124 840

 

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