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Zihinsel Yetersiz Çocukları Yetiştirme ve Koruma Vakfı (ZİÇEV)

ZICEV was founded in 1982 by a group of volunteers under the leadership of Makbule Ölçen. Today, in our Gölbaşı campus consisting of 9 buildings which are located on the land purchased from the State of Turkey. ZİÇEV has also 14 branches in several cities in Turkey with more than 200 staff. General Headquarters and branches intend to provide a good education and a secure future for children and individuals with intellectual disabilities, and to protect them when their parents pass a way. While carrying out its activities, ZİÇEV works closely with the Ministry of National Education and Ministry of family and social policies, civil society organizations, central and local governments. Since its foundation till today, ZICEV provided education and rehabilitation services to ten thousands of children and individuals with intellectual disabilities without age limitation and support for their families.

As a complementary part of its services, ZİÇEV has carried out so many projects funded by national and international organizations. Its financial resources come from donations and projects. As a summary, underlining principle of ZİÇEV is to develop permanent solutions for the problems and needs of its target group and to take part within the policy discussions in Turkey about individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Gazi University (TR)

'Teacher Training Institute' was established in 1926. In 1929 the institute was given the name 'Gazi Teacher Training Institute' and continued to educate students under this name for many years. In the Academic year 1949-1950 the institution was given the name 'Gazi Institute of Education'. In 1982, with the act number 2809 the institution gets the name Gazi University together with Ankara Academy of Economy and Commerce, Ankara College of Technical Teachers, Ankara Girls' College of Technical Teachers and Ankara Government Academy of Engineering and Architecture. Actually this university is the continuation of the tradition starting with Republic with a new name. Apart from Gazi Faculty of Education, the academies mentioned above play an important role in the establishment of the university. Ankara Academy of Economics and Commerce was already like a university when it was joined to Gazi University. In those days, the Departments of Medicine Dentistry, Pharmacology and Communication were all a part of this academy. Ankara Academy of State Engineering and Architecture is also included in Gazi University. When it was first built it had 9 faculties, 12 colleges and 4 institutes but the number of these units increased.

Today, Gazi University carries out its educational and research activities with its 21 faculties, 4 colleges, 11 Vocational High Schools, 1 conservatory, 48 research centers and 7 institutes and it still claims it is a higher education institution which is worthy to Atatürk. Education is provided in the fields of Education, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Engineering and Architecture, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communications, Science and Letters, Law and Fine Arts within the university. Being the national leader in terms of education faculties, Gazi University consists of Faculty of Industrial Arts, Gazi Education Faculty, Faculty of Vocational Education, Faculty of Technical Education, Faculty of Commerce and Faculty of Tourism Education. In addition to the students coming from all around the country, Gazi is the university that accepts the most students from abroad with over 1500 students from other nations including the Turkic states and their communities.

It not only meets the needs of its own academic staff but also trains academic staff for other universities with more than 5 thousand students studying in masters and PhD programmes. Gazi University carries out its education at different campuses. Having three campuses-Besevler, Emek and Maltepe in Ankara- Gazi shows the degree of importance it gives to education. With more than 50,000 students and over 3.000 academic staff, Gazi University demonstrates the standards of the world average in terms of the number of students per instructor. Gazi is one of the largest universities with its faculties from education to communication, fine arts to engineering, sports to forestry, medicine to pharmacy, dentistry to science and economics. Gazi University Project Coordination Implementation and Research Center provides coordination and consultancy to the academic and administrative units of the university for benefiting from granted funds at most level and provide support on financial and administrative issues for implementation of the projects with the full time employees.

Gazi University has Accreditation of Youth Volunteering Organisations (ERAPLUS-EVS-CHARTER), EVS Charter (LLP-EVS-CHARTER) (2011-TR-18)

Hacettepe University

Hacettepe University was enacted on July 8, 1967 by Law No. 892 and began educational activities in the Faculties of Medicine, Health Sciences, Sciences and Social Sciences. Hacettepe University, which was further expanded in the course of time with the establishment of new departments and faculties, built its second campus on an area of 1.500 ha. in Beytepe District, 20 kms. away from the Central Campus.

Hacettepe University continues its activities with 14 Faculties, 14 Graduate Schools and Institutes, 2 Applied Schools, 1 Conservatory, 5 Vocational Schools, and 105 Research and Application Centers within the scope of the Law No: 2809 for the Organization of Higher Education Institutions, enacted in 1982.

Hacettepe University, as one of the leading universities in the country, keeps contributing to social development and universal values in the fields of science, technology and art.

As a research-oriented university committed to the promotion of excellence in education in line with universal values, our mission is to educate and nurture students as individuals equipped with quality and depth of provison in all fields of science, technology and arts; empowered by inspiring intellectual curiousity and critical minds, open for improvement and positive change; and to contribute to society through research, technology, and public services it pursues.

The vision of Hacettepe University is to become a leading university where the individuals are proud to be a member of both in the national and international arena, leading the change and development.

Hacettepe University Early Childhood Education Department has been opened in 1997-1998 academic year after reconstruction of teacher education programs by the Council of Higher Education and gave its first graduates in 2002. Since its establishment with undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the department aimed to educate researchers and teachers who will work in early childhood education settings in Turkey and worldwide.

Nearly 350 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students are currently enrolled in our department The aim of the the department of Early Childhood Education is educating self-confident teachers to work in preschools who can develop themselves with the basic professional knowledge, have positive attitudes and behaviors, sensitive to society and environmental problems, performing a duty within the frame of ethical rules and suitably qualified to our country’s and modern worlds’ requirements; academicians to take in charge in the Early Childhood Education Departments of universities and the other professionals working in the field,

Ankara Directorate of National Education

Ankara is the capital city of Turkey and has a population of nearly 5 million. Ankara Directorate of National Education (MoNE Ankara Directorate) is the second biggest local authority after the Ministry of Education in Turkey. It is responsible for the planning, coordination and management of all kinds of educational and training activities for pre-primary, secondary, vocational, technical, SEN schools and adult education in 25 districts of Ankara. Our main aim is the provision of coordination between Ministry of National Education and District Directorates of Education and Vocational Education. We are the administrative body with the management of schools and educational institutions at different levels.

The organization has a range of duties mainly in 7 fields; entitled management, staff education and training, budget and investment, research, planning and statistics, inspection, guidance and research and civil defense. These duties are carried out by 24 affiliated units.

There are 956.171 pupils and 62.030 teachers in 2.351 schools in total in Ankara. There are 62.530 pupils in pre-primary schools, 320.847 pupils in primary schools, 291.935 pupils in lower secondary schools, 280.859 pupils in high schools in Ankara. In addition, 295.458 citizens aged 18-65 are trainees/ students/ participants / beneficiaries of formal education. They attend vocational training centers and adult education centers.

There are 94 Special Education Needs Schools which we are in charge of in Ankara as the Directorate of National Education. There are SEN schools for Hearing Impaired, Physical Disabled, Visually İmpaired, Learning Disabilities and Autism. There are 26.086 SEN students in those schools. 6 schools out of 94 schools are only for students with learning difficulties aged 6- 22. We deal with the education and of these students. We also give trainings and seminars to the teachers and parents of these children.

CJD Frenchen Berufsbildungswerk (CJD BBW Frechen)-(DE)

CJD BBW Frechen (CJD) is a large, nationwide organization for youth, education and social work. Every year CJD offers orientation and future prospects to 155.000 adolescents and young adults. More than 9500 employees in over 150 locations offer support and teach skills providing education.

The main aim of CJD Frechen is the vocational and social rehabilitation of youngsters and young adults in the region around Cologne. Most of the participants are learning handicapped and in risk of social exclusion. Most of the 250 young adults currently doing a vocational training live in the CJD Frechen boarding home during a two or three years vocational training.

The goal is the officially acknowledged final examination. Next to the vocational training, CJD Frechen is having a youth welfare for youth younger than 18 and offers a kind of orientation year, for youth who haven’t started with a vocational training yet. Especially for the people living in the boarding home several leisure activities are offered in the area of sport and creativity.

The vocational school is located on the campus as well. The teaching contents are taught practically in workshops and theoretically in school. There is a strong emphasize on supporting the trainees in an individual way. Additional to adapted framework conditions like e.g. learning in small classes a team of pedagogues, psychologists and social workers supports each participant individually. The trainees are also trained in social competences, especially teamwork and communication.

The rehabilitation program is primarily aimed at young people who have left special schools for educationally handicapped people or from a junior high school who, due to their special needs, are not able to find or complete any training vacancy on the general training market. Reason for this lack often are learning handicaps or/combined with mental health problems. To support them the best way, an experienced team of instructors, teachers, social education workers and psychologists accompanies and supports the rehabilitation process.

Stichting Heliomare Onderwijs

Heliomare is a Dutch Rehabilitation Centre which provides a variety of services for people with physical and other disabilities. These services are provided on 40 sites in the region north of Amsterdam through five business units: Education, Rehabilitation, Housing day care activities for adults, Sports and Health and Vocational rehabilitation.

For this project both Heliomare Education (in Dutch: Stichting Heliomare Onderwijs) and Heliomare Rehabilitation are partner. Heliomare Education accommodates about 1000 students with a variety of disabilities, both physical, developmental and/or learning disabilities in 7 special schools and supports a considerable number of students with Special Educational Needs in mainstream schools, amongst them students with learning and developmental disabilities (quite a few of them with severe and multiple disabilities), physical disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and Autism. The students at Heliomare Education are aged between 4 and 20. The students who attend the special schools range from students with complex and multiple disabilities to very bright students who are studying for their senior secondary education diploma which prepares them for higher education.

Heliomare Rehabilitation runs an inclusive kindergarten for young children, aged 2-4/5 years in Heerhugowaard. It started as an experiment, but it proofs to be quite successful, notwithstanding that some parents initially were quite reserved.

Teaching and support staff of Heliomare Education also carry out research projects aiming at improving, strengthening and innovating the learning experiences of our students as well as enhancing the teaching and supporting skills of staff involved. Both Heliomare Education and Heliomare Rehabilitaion can provide the project with skilled teachers, support staff, a wide range of therapists and medical staff and specialized professionals. Jointly they develop, share and disseminate knowledge, skills and experience, not only with Heliomare, but also nationally and internationally.

Heliomare Education already is experimenting with developing personalized learning careers for their students. Combining this with innovative ICT approaches to reduce their barriers to learning and achieving is one of our main foci for the years to come. Heliomare Education also collaborates with Lecso, which is the umbrella organization for special schools in the Netherlands.

Heliomare Education does have an outreach function to mainstream schools. Heliomare Education supports students with learning and developmental challenges, combined with for example a physical disability and/or ADHD and autism in mainstream schools. This implies a close collaboration with consortia of mainstream preschool, primary, secondary and senior vocational education in the region north of Amsterdam.

Asociación cultural y medioambiental Permacultura Cantabria

Permacultura Cantabria aims to offer new alternatives in terms of capacity building, sustainability and equal human relationships to improve the society where we are living. Approximately 40 young members between 15 and 32 years old form it.

Permacultura Cantabria are creating a social platform that inspires and serves as a public reference for the society, which is in our opinion sleeping and without hope or stimulating references. For this, they organize seminars, activities, gatherings, camps and short trips- with our families, on ourselves and for other people.

Institutions such as the Government of Cantabria and other regional city halls from the area give Permacultura Cantabria financial and logistical support, as they cooperate with them in different projects related to social inclusion, rural development and training initiatives.

One of their main focuses is to take care of each other and enjoy what they do, this is why they also celebrate their achievements and explore together different alternatives and processes that would enrich both their lives and their social context.