The final meeting of the GWSASEO project, co-financed by the EU’s ERASMUS + SPORT program, was held on September 23, 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Representatives of FAPABBS and partner organizations participated in the European Week of Sport BEACTIVE, where the project and its results were presented to a wide audience.
Project “Grow up with sport activities – social and equal opportunities” (ref. No 603031-EPP-1-2018-1-BG-SPO-SSCPI) is co-funded by Erasmus + Programme of the European Union with Grant decision No 2018 – 2598 /001 – 001 of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
Project acronym: GWSASEO
Within the framework of Erasmus + Programme, the project falls under action “Sport”, action type “Small Collaborative Partnerships” with the participation of the following four organizations:
- Applicant organization: Federation of Adapted Physical Activity On the Balkans and Black Sea Region (FAFA), Republic of Bulgaria;
- Partner 2 – Special Olympics Czech Republic (České hnutí Speciálních olympiád-CHSO) – associated partner, Czech Republic;
- Partner 3 – Inspired Equine Assisted Learning CIC (IdEAL CIC) – associated partner, United Kingdom;
- Partner 4 – Social Welfare Centre of Central Macedonia – associated partner, Greece.
Budget: 51 800 euro
Duration of the project: January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
The project is in accordance with EU Work Plans for Sport 2017-2020, with focus on Priority 3 “Sport and Society – Access to sport for people with disabilities”. This complies with the EU Disability Strategy (2010-2020) – Empower people with Disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights and benefit from fully participating in the society and in the European economy.
The purpose of the project is to raise the involved organizations’ capacities to promote social inclusion by implementing sport activities and services including children and young people with intellectual disabilities and to use the sport as a driving force for social inclusion. GWSASWO project aims at breaking the barriers that people with intellectual disabilities meet.
The main objectives of the project are:
- To develop and to reinforce networks;
- To increase the capacity to operate at transnational level;
- To confront ideas and methods in different areas relating to sport and physical activities.
- Exchange of good practices;
The partnering organizations in the project are united for the promotion of physical activity and social inclusion to children with the following kinds of disabilities:
- Intellectual disability (ID)
- ID is a generalized neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significantly impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning. ID begins during childhood and involves deficits in mental abilities, social skills, and core activities of daily livingwhen compared to same-aged peers.
- Down syndrome (DS)
- DS is a genetic disordercaused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features. The degree of intellectual disability in people with Down syndrome varies but is usually mild to moderate. Generally, children with Down syndrome reach key developmental milestones later than other children. Despite these delays, children with DS can learn to participate in physical exercises and similar activities like other children.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- ASD is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that affects how a person acts and interacts with others, communicates and learns. ASD affects the structure and the function of the brain and the nervous system. Because it affects development, ASD is called a developmental disorder. ASD can last throughout a person’s life. People with this disorder have problems with communication, interactions with other people (social skills), restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. Different people with autism can have different symptoms. For this reason, autism is known as a spectrum disorder – a group of disorders with a range of similar features.
- Child Cerebral Palsy (CPD)
- CPD are a group of diseases, manifested by spastic paralysis of the limbs as a result of permanent damage in the motor areas of the cortex, subcortical and conduction pathways of the cerebrum. The treatment consists mainly in the conduct of curative exercise, the appointment of Group B vitamins and nervous system stimulants. The CPC estimate depends on the severity of the disability and the mental development. Children with a preserved mental development, older, are actively involved in the healing process in terms of motor development. Such children should receive the appropriate professional guidance from their doctor.
Within the framework of the project, the four organizations will share their best practices on measures for increasing children’s physical activity. Different programs for non-traditional forms of physical activity, recreation spaces and their application to formal and non-formal education will be discussed during the project. The project partners will exchange their educational and training modules/tools and good practices through organization and participation in five transnational project meetings. At the same time the project partners will carry out an analysis of the children’s physical activity and will provide recommendations.
The result of the project activities is the development, promotion and implementation of a special program for increasing the physical and the mental activity of children with special needs. The Sport education during the project will be focused on social integration. Through sport children will initiate to demonstrate social communication, to create new friendships, leadership, discipline and teamwork, etc. Thanks to the experience and the knowledge gained, each child will be able to grow as a personality, to increase his civic and national consciousness, to develop the competencies necessary for further learning and to live a meaningful, active life in the modern society.
Adapted physical education is related to the acquisition of new motor skills and habits and the development of motor skills in children with special educational needs.
Experts from the four organizations will design training modules in order to increase the knowledge and the skills of young people with disabilities to participate in recreational sport activities with the purpose of pushing up their physical, cognitive and social development.