Training for an active role in society
- Independent Living VZW
- Country of Implementation
- Western Europe
- First published
“After five days of Freedom School I am so full of energy and ready to go home for action! The group feeling was great and the support we got from Onafhankelijk Leven was amazing.” Project participant
Because people with disabilities often do not get the same opportunities as others, the focus of the training course is on learning about and discovering the talents of the disabled, and developing these talents. Following the training, participants play an active role in public life and have the skills to organize their own projects independently, creating a positive impact and greater societal awareness regarding the needs and abilities of disabled people.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
The philosophy behind the Freedom School training course is to let the participants see that they can make a real difference in their community. Building confidence and experiencing personal success with self-chosen projects is facilitated, such that the trainees come to see themselves not just as participants, volunteers, or clients but as real experts and future leaders. They have the responsibility to realize change in society.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
The Freedom School concept can easily be copied and adjusted to local differences and preferences (e.g. the specific expectations and knowledge level of participants). Costs depend mostly on the availability of accessible accommodation and external trainers. Cost efficiency: The training gives social return in improving inclusion, strengthening the IL movement and delivering future leaders.