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COVID-19 and its impact on (inclusive) education

On 25 September 2020, PhoenixKM’s CEO Karel Van Isacker will be one of the panel members of the virtual “International scientific conference on philosophy of mind and cognitive modelling in education – PCE2020 – Plenary lecture”, starting at 10.00 a. m. CET. A detailed programme is available via the conference website. The virtual conference will address the impact of COVID-19 on the educational system in various EU countries. Our focus will be on Belgium and Bulgaria, and especially how it has impacted inclusive education. This event is organised by the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Following topics will be addressed for Belgium and Bulgaria: Overall situation regarding the pandemic in your respective countries. How has the pandemic affected schoolwork; what kind of solutions have you come up with; what has been the response? What kind of preparations have you made for the current school year, and how did you start the year?  What were the responses of the entire society and teaching profession to the proposed concept of school for the school year 2020/2021? Presentations will be followed by short discussions. Following projects and their outcomes will be introduced: European diversity design for inclusive education (Euroddip_e) – 2018-1-ES01-KA201-050300  – free outcomes (01.09.2018 – [...]

7th International MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONFERENCE

We will be presenting the findings of our project Training For Teachers How To Cope With Refugee Children In Their Class – 2016-1-TR01-KA201-034527 (01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019) during the 7th International MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, virtually via Izmir, Turkey. It will take place on 10-11 December 2020. [...]

A holistic view on inclusive leisure activities

Our CEO Karel Van Isacker presented “A holistic view on inclusive leisure activities” at the Positive Leisure event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 5 July 2019. He focused on leisure as a context for active living, recovery, health and life quality for persons with and without disabilities. The concept that leisure is a basic human right has been advanced in: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Article 24 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights specifically mandates “the right to rest and leisure including reasonable limitation of work hours and periodic holidays with pay.” The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has recognized “…the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” The United Nations Principles for Older Persons states that they “…should have access to the educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources of society” (Clause 16). The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – Article 30 – Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport “…to enabling persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others [...]

PERSBERICHT – Hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving.

PERSBERICHT – ONMIDDELLIJKE VERSPREIDING (pdf) Hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving. Jaarlijks vindt op 3 december de Internationale dag voor personen met een handicap plaats. PhoenixKM BVBA (www.phoenixkm.eu, Kortemark) gaat daarom in die week in het kader van het Europese ACCESS-INTERACT project (www.accessinteract.eu/) jongeren uit Bulgarije, Oostenrijk en het VK naar het Vlaamse Ieper brengen. De bedoeling is om hen kennis te laten maken met lokale initiatieven die streven naar een inclusieve samenleving, en dit op het vlak van jongerenwerking, onderwijs en tewerkstelling. Belangrijkste focus hierbij is hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving. Aan de hand van concrete voorbeelden en situaties gaan we jongeren bewust maken dat het inzetten op inclusieve communicatie van jongs af aan kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve wereld. Daarom gaan we met deze groep jongeren het volgende organiseren op 4, 5 en 6 december 2018: Interactieve trainingsessies in Ieper met betrekking tot toegankelijke communicatie tussen jongeren met en zonder beperkingen; alsook met betrekking tot inclusieve tewerkstelling in Vlaanderen – 4 & 5 december 2018 Bezoek aan de sociale onderneming Page Electronics NV in [...]

Practices and Experiences of Supported Employment in Belgium (Flanders)

PhoenixKM presented the Practices and Experiences of Supported Employment in Belgium (Flanders) at the final conference of the Tools4SE project in Istanbul – Turkey, at İstanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi. PhoenixKM’s CEO Karel Van Isacker also introduced to the audience an “Innovative holistic guidance model for integration of people with disabilities on the European Labour Market” as being created in the context of the JobCircuit [...]

How the learning space can become an inclusive learning space – Lessons from Europe

How the learning space can become an inclusive learning space – Lessons from Europe [To be presented at CAVA2018, 21-24 August 2018 in Medellin, Colombia. With thanks to Silvia Margarita Baldiris Navarro.] Inclusive education is cemented in article 24 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) which was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations. In Europe, this has created opportunities, but also tensions. On the one hand, there is a need for access to learning material, supportive education practices, inclusion oriented teaching practices, as well as physical accessibility to schools, universities, VET centres, etc. On the other hand, all these aspects must coincide and be complementary. This symbiosis has been somewhat cumbersome and needs fine-tuning. A lesson to be learned by Latin American initiatives. The keynote will highlight a number of European initiatives and access to online free [...]

Violence linked to vulnerable groups – Children with disabilities – A journey through hard numbers and facts

This afternoon we presented at the National Conference “Violence and the child of the 21st century – conceptual and practical challenges” on 23-24 November 2017, at the Grand Hotel Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Title of my presentation: “Violence linked to vulnerable groups – Children with disabilities – A journey through hard numbers and facts” Organisers were: University of Plovdiv “P.Hilendarski” ; State Agency for Child Protection, Municipality of Plovdiv English version Bulgarian [...]
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