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Be all you can be!

Be All You Can Be!

The project

In the framework of this Learning Partnership with partners in England, France and Spain we examined the role of education and work opportunities for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

We dealt with questions such as: What methods are used in the partner countries to support these people? How can we offer appropriate education and learning opportunities and facilitate integration into society or in the workplace? How can we achieve that they can exploit or even extend their potential?

The results of our cooperation and the partnership were presented at a conference in the framework of the final meeting in England which took place in Cambridge in May 2009. Members of Parliament, a representative of a funding agency as well as learners of the English partner organisation Red2Green and their families attended the conference. Within two years we developed a model curriculum which was used to gather the partners’ educational offer and support services. As a result we got several curricula for different target groups, for e.g. long-term unemployed or people with autistic spectrum. Besides we developed a support and guidance PowerPoint presentation for educators to help people access the world of work. Further outcomes are curricula for the training of trainers, for example with regard to assistance in job search or intercultural competence. The project results will serve as a tool for our own institution and other training institutions in developing new services for the respective target groups. They are available for download as PDF files on the partner websites. In addition to these project results we presented posters that illustrate our project meetings. They were designed by students of Red2Green. For the English partner the conference was a good opportunity to emphasise and express its European and regional commitment to a public audience.

In the course of the two years we gained insight into three institutions working with different target groups. The English partner offers guidance and training for people with mental and physical disabilities, such as people with an autistic spectrum. Some of them were involved in the project and played an important role as they participated in the meetings and sensitised all project participants for the issue of autism and the integration of people with disabilities. In France in turn, we were impressed by the clarity and the practical establishment of the institution and the presentation of learning materials, which provides a suitable framework for learning. We visited various social projects in the partner countries, discussed about funding policies and possibilities and got new ideas. Within two years of continuous partnership there has also been space to get to know the culture, traditions and people of various European regions. Some stereotypes proved to be true, but some prejudices could be reduced: one English learner was positively impressed by Germany and the Germans:"Sometimes if you don't know a country, you have a negative opinion. I learned to have my own opinion”. The reunion at the meetings always got along with the joy to see familiar faces. Considering the final meeting the partners expressed their interest to continue the cooperation, exchange ideas and apply for a new European project. Patricia Hagenbach, director of Kolping Training Centre Schwaebisch Gmuend, draws her personal conclusion: "If I review the past two years, I see it quite clearly: the four partner institutions which seemed to be very different in the beginning have incredibly much in common. To see beyond one’s own nose was definitely worthwhile for all!"

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project partners
Red2Green, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, England (Coordinator)
Liceo Scientifico Pitagora, Rende (Cosenza), Italy
GRETA de SAINT DIE, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
Kolping Training Institute Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Kolping Training Centre Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany

Contact person
Patricia Hagenbach, Head of Kolping Training Centre Schwaebisch Gmuend

EU-Funding Programme
Grundtvig – Learning Partnerships

Sum of Funding
17,000 €

Period of Funding
01.10.2007 - 31.07.2009

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.