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Think of nominating innovative policies and innovations in ICT!

The nomination process is already very close to its end, and we are very grateful to all of you who took time to answer our call!

We had a first screening of what we have received so far, which is an amazing variety on all different projects and policies, covering issues like early childhood intervention, inclusive education in schools, higher education and many more. Still we think that in 2 fields of work there is still “room” for good nominations:

  1. Information and Communication-Technology projects, even if not directly related to education.
  2. Innovative Policies – regulations, laws, tax incentive, government programs etc. –  that enable region- or country-wide change!

You still have the weekend to download, fill and send us back our form.

Very many thanks again for your participation and for all you can do to help us, so that we will be able to come up with another great Zero Project Report!

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Inclusive education in emergencies: A pending challenge

When a disaster occurs, caused either by men (war and other form of violence) or by nature (earthquake, etc.), everything becomes an urgent issue. Education can very easily be forgotten and be considered as something less vital than, for instance, food and shelter. But what kind of future a population could have, if its children and youth are not educated? Especially youth with disabilities, they will find it hard to get a job.

Inclusive education must be part of the solution provided during a crisis. It is the basis to forge solidarity and makes people resilient and stronger. It will prepare their minds to understand diversity as a chance for a brighter future.

Of course, in practice, it is very difficult to address such a challenge. If you work for inclusive education in an emergency, please consider to share your experience with us and nominate your effort. The literature on this issue is rather limited, despite all the tremendous and very dedicated work that some experts did so far. In our activities, we will continue to highlight it.

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More than 150 nominations received so far – Thank you!

We have received nominations from all over the world, including from Afghanistan, Nepal, South Africa and Myanmar! Thanks to all those who already participated to contribute to a good global mix of the nominations (cultural, geographical, linguistic, economic, etc.).

By October, we will have researched and selected the best from these solutions that can inspire peoples and their representatives to adapt them to their own countries, building together an inclusive world.

Our call has been extended to 27th July, so you can still participate! It doesn’t take more than 1h or two to fill the form. As well, after having sent your nomination, don’t forget to visit our website regularly, as we will keep you informed of the selection process. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!


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Congratulation to our Innovative Practice 2014 “SCOP Le Messageur”!!

SCOP Le Messageur” is one of the Innovative Practices, which the Zero Project highlighted in 2014 as it makes all aspects of oral communication in daily life accessible to people with hearing impairments. This outstanding practice received a few weeks ago the OCIRP Award “Economic Actors and Disability” 2015 in the area of “citizenship” and we express our sincerest congratulations to Mr POULINGUE and his team!!

In the context of the award ceremony a video was realized (in French, with French subtitles, but you can also select English or other languages through YouTube caption)

More information about SCOP Le Messageur can be found in English at our website and at the website of this innovative team.

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Deadline extended to 27th July – Most wanted issues

Dear friends,

We extended our call for nominations until 27th July, so please take a chance and submit to us your projects and those policies we need to celebrate! We are very grateful to those who already did, and to those who have shared our call with their networks (see previous post).

As you will have read in our “Instructions”, there are certain issues that are very important to improve the current situation concerning education and ICT. To these issues belongs, for instance, inclusive early childhood education, but also inclusive vocational training, tertiary and adult education, and last but not least inclusive education in emergencies. If you know someone, who knows more or even works on these issues, it would be wonderful if you could put us in touch with them.

We have now two more weeks, and with your help, we will definitely make them very productive.

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A big thank you to our partners for promoting this year’s call for nominations!

Today, we would like to say big thanks to all our partners for promoting our call. Please have a look at their websites below, they are doing an incredible work for persons with disabilities. So, from Geneva and with love, thank you our dear partners, you have been extremely helpful.

Thanks to EENET, the Enabling Education Network, who shared our call via its social media and in an e-mail to its subscription list,

Thanks to G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs,

Thanks to GAATES, the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments,

Thanks to ITU and their Digital Inclusion Newslog,

Thanks to ENIL, the European Network on Independent, and their wonderful newsletter,

Thanks to DPI, disabled people‘s international. Have a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages !

Thanks to DRPI, Disability Rights Promotion International,and their twitter.

Thanks to Light For The World, and have a look at their Facebook page as well.

Thanks to EASPD, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities. They are very active on Twitter.

Thanks our dear friend Geoff Adams-Spink. Follow him on twitter and have a look at his website!

Thanks to the Center for Education Innovations. They are also Twitter addict.

Thanks to incluD-ed (La Red Europea de Educación Inclusiva y Discapacidad)
Thanks to AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe)

Thanks to the contact center Superabile

Thanks to the Maecenata Institut

Thanks to UN DSPD/DESA (United Nation Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)  for mentioning us in their recent newsletter

We tried not to miss anyone, tell us if we did.

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How we get from theory to practice?

Did you know that our Indicator Questionnaire of 2014-2015 collected answers from 150 countries whether a person with disability has the right to receive free and compulsory primary education within the mainstream educational system?

One of the answers was provided by Magdalena Kern, Light for the World, Austria. She said that: “While in theory all children have the right to access mainstream education, in practice the trend still goes to separate schooling. The majority of schools are not inclusive and there is strong resistance, especially from the ‘Länder’ – the Austrian provinces, to abolish special schools and enable inclusive education everywhere.”

This shows that our research this year on Inclusive Education and/or ICT is very timely – innovation is needed to make inclusive education a reality, to put the theory into practice! You know of someone doing good work?

Then consider to nominate the outstanding practice or policy that we should highlight!! You can find more information and all documents in six UN languages at: http://zeroproject.org/downloads/#toggle-id-21



Fighting the non-take-up of social rights: Innovative Policy 2015 at Conference in Marseille

Today the European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network (ELISAN) is holding a conference in Marseille with a focus on “Fighting the non-take-up of social rights: a European challenge”. Mr Raymond Remakel, representing our Innovative Policy 2015 from Luxembourg, will be there and participate in the debate following the roundtable “The non-take up and the access to rights”.

The format of the conference is solutions-oriented: after hearing an expert’s perspective, the focus will be on best policies and practices from various cities and regions. The expected outcomes are good advice and ideas for measures that could be implemented immediately by local representatives, in order to improve the access of social rights for all.

The event takes place on Friday 3rd July 2015, from 2-5pm, in the Auditorium du Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, France.

See the programme: flyer programme conférence

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Zero Project 2016 Nomination form & instructions are now available in all UN languages, plus German & Italian

The Zero Project Team is proud to announce that by the end of today you will be able to find the relevant documentation of our 2016 Call for Nominations in all six UN languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French), plus German and Italian, in our Download section: http://zeroproject.org/downloads/#toggle-id-21


Not even the UN is as fast as we are  😎


Do you know about an outstanding practice or policy?

Then nominate it!


Submitting a nomination is easy: Read the instructions, complete the nomination form and then send the completed form to Ms Doris Neuwirth via email: nomination@zeroproject.org by July 10, 2015 (23:59 CET).


We are looking forward to receive your nomination!

Your Zero Project Team and Partners

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Zero Project launches call for nominations on Inclusive education and/or ICTs

Education is the fundamental process by which societies transmit their accumulated information and knowledge, in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly important role.

Hence, the Zero Project 2016 is focusing on Inclusive education and/or ICTs, and our call for nominating innovative practices and policies has just been launched!

  • Any type of inclusive education project or policy can be nominated, from any field of education (formal, non-formal and informal) and any level of education (early childhood care and education; primary, secondary and tertiary education; vocational training; adult education and lifelong learning), including those innovations that facilitate the transition from segregation and integration to inclusion.
  • As well, any possible type of ICT can be nominated, such as: apps, software, websites and the internet in general, computers, telephony, ATMs, maps, television, voting machines, electronic kiosks, public displays, or consumer devices with digital interfaces.

You know about an outstanding practice or policy? Nominate it!

Submitting a nomination is easy: Read the instructions, complete the nomination form (available in other languages by June 26th) and then send the nomination form to: nomination@zeroproject.org by July 27, 2015 (23:59 CET).

We are looking forward to receive your nomination!

The Zero Project Team and Partners