Developing programs of Access of Disadvantaged groups of People and Regions to higher Education
Erasmus+; 2015-2951/001-001; 2015 – 2018
DARE (Developing programs for Access of Disadvantaged groups of people and Regions to Higher Education) is an international project under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2, founded by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency („EACEA“) of the European Union. The aim of the project is twofold: First, providing inclusive education and social integration to students in venerable situation such as women, ethnic minority or people with learning, mental and physical disabilities. It also addresses potential students which leave at peripheral areas in accordance with Bologna Process and United Nations criteria. This will initiate the right of individuals with special needs to access education, to enjoy the right of participation in everyday society and to overcome discrimination against them in society by raising awareness and acceptance in society. Seconds, to raise the public awareness of the barriers and challenges that people from target groups face, and the possible solutions that HEIs offer in different contexts.
The project involves Higher Education Institutions from Israel, Georgia and other EU countries. While the Israeli and Georgian partner countries are the one to benefit from the program, the role of EU partners is to share with the consortium members good practices and guide them in developing outreach programs, evaluation process and disseminating its activities and results.
In particular, DARE project sets as concrete the following objectives:
To improve institutional capacities through the reinforcement and provision of support services at Georgia and Israel partner universities in four main areas (child care, clinical and occupational psychological, learning and physical disabilities, academic support) with special equipment and revised recruitment and retention regulations. Reinforced and/or new services will be institutionalized (i.e. become part of the institutional structure and organizational charts). They will represent change drivers at the different partner HEIs. To achieve this, a mission in the field of inclusive education through recruitment and retention policy will be developed.
To train faculty members, professional and administrative staff on the use of the established or reinforced services for vulnerable target groups and to create a group of trained specialists at each Israel and Georgian HEI who will offer their services during and after the end of the project.
To outreach the three targeted groups by offering a support system via distance learning with tutorials and selected course programs. The main objective henceforth is to facilitate accessibility to teaching and learning materials in electronic format for students with mobility problems. The idea that undermines this initiative is to bring the University to the students.