EU-Rudisnet training on mentoring for the leadership of people with disabilities in rural areas

On the June 20th – 23rd BETI representatives participated at the transnational training on mentoring for the leadership of people with disabilities in rural areas. The trainings were organized for the “Rudisnet – Network for social inclusion of people with disabilities in The EU rural areas through mentoring and leadership training program” project in Apolda, Germany by LEB Thüringen eV.

For the 4 days partners were learning a lot of interesting aspects such as how to approach and deal with PWD at rural areas, how to recognise their aptitudes, how to enhance them, design of services to accompany PWD to autonomy in rural local communities, how to accompany PWD in a leadership and civic participation process, how to prepare PWD to be leaders of their social inclusion, how to reach an effective and empathetic communication, mentoring process of PWD by other PWD who are leaders (mentoring of mentors).

The training aims to train adult educators on mentoring for social leadership of people with disabilities in rural areas, by helping them to acquire the appropriate skills and competences to use this innovative methodology and tools on their own. By participating at training partners were able to pilot test the developed curriculum and methodology with other PWD educators and PWD from rural areas and through the piloting, inform the partnership on which points the curriculum and methodology needs revision, to become more effective and relevant to the target groups.

The added value of the training activity is:

– acquisition and development of skills and knowledge needed to mentor for social leadership to people with disabilities living in rural areas. New methodology for teaching educators for PWD contribute to a positive learning experience of adults PWDs in rural areas and contribute them to live independently and being included in the rural community.

– PWDs from rural areas become more motivated for learning and social leadership and the innovative way of learning to help them to defend PWD rights to Access a range of services, which facilitate inclusion and prevent isolation and segregation.

This training activity gave us a lot of new knowledge! Thank you to the hosts for organizing this activity!