CHARM-EU joins the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
CHARM-EU’s mission is to be a pioneer and model in the #EHEA, offering a plural, inclusive, flexible, student-centred learning experience. One of CHARM-EU’s values is inclusiveness. CHARM-EU Inclusiveness Team safeguards that inclusion and diversity are profoundly and systematically interwoven into alliance’s culture, organisational structure, design, delivery, activities of different work packages and the Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability itself.
3 December 2021| International Day of Persons with Disabilities
This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world”. It raises awareness of societies’ structural barriers which hinder access and participation for persons with disabilities in many spheres of life, including stepping into leadership positions.
“Nothing about us without us” means that no policies or practices should be decided without the meaningful participation of individuals and groups across society, including persons with disabilities. Co-creating with persons with disabilities and empowering them to take leadership positions in multiple spheres of life is essential to break structural barriers and to meet all the Sustainable Development Goals to shape an inclusive, sustainable future.
#NoOneLeftBehind is not only connected to the 2030 Agenda but relevant in other areas as well. It is everyone’s responsibility to reflect and act on how to include those who are often excluded from leadership positions and decision-making processes, policies, and practices. Now is the time to create an Inclusive CHARM-EU and a European Higher Education Area by having meaningful collaborations, encompassing all voices, individuals and stakeholders with their own lived experiences, backgrounds, and access needs.
*CHARM-EU has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the author’s views only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.