The ELLA International Social Inclusion Music and Art Festival will take place between 26 – 30 of October 2014 in Kas/Antalya - Turkey.
Our festival which will bring together all kind of people from countries all over Europe aims at breaking up conventional role patterns of people – with and without disabilities – and to trigger awareness for disabled people’s abilities and their demand for suitable forms of education. The event is therefore based on international workshops of a 'special kind': People with disabilities will teach people without disabilities on all type of performing arts and sports. This 'switch of roles' will facilitate the mediation of participants skills in an unconventional: From teachers with disabilities to students without disabilities. All workshops will take 4 days and end in a final performance on stage at the final festival evening where teachers and students will proudly present their achievements. The workshops will further be accompanied by roundtables in which participants can reflect and interchange about their experiences in the project, as well as about the perceptions of people with disabilities in their countries. Last, a colorful range of side line events and activities (stands and know-how exchanges, meetings, as well as city tours, boat trips and many opportunities for music, arts and sports) guarantee the festival to become a joyful and productive 'coming together' for everybody, and a marketplace of related organizations from all over Europe.
Our Social İnclusion band played at the MasterPeace concert on 21.09.2014. Our band received high acclamation and stated that theya re proud to be on the stage fur such a meaningful event.
Customary board meeting Of Rotary istanbul was held At Düşler Akademisi(Dream Academy ) building. The meeting kicked off with a splendid open buffet breakfast prepared by Düşler Mutfağı (Kitchen of Dreams ). Rotary members who were very impressed by the breakfast prepared for them by disabled kids, got in line to order cookies and cakes for their firms and left dream academy wowing to work with Kitchen of Dreams for all their future organizations.
"I came across the Dreams Academy by chance; firstly I met with Ercan, then Esra, Buket, Adem, Zübeyde, Koray and Tanyel. Together we started a great project which has ‘sea’ in it, we shared and spread it. We touched each other’s lives, we had a great joy. This was obvious from our eyes, we felt it. I say I’m happy to know this place, I’m sure many people share the same idea for the Dreams Academy like me. We are happy for being a part of it. (www.wistanbul.org)"
"It is said that people with disabilities form 12% of the population. This is considerably a high rate. In other words, there must be at least 4 disabled people out of 40 people in a class. Or we see 10 disabled people out of 100 people in the bus we get on. But this is not the case. Why? Unfortunately, disabled people neither leave their houses nor take advantage of transportation services. As these are not provided, they cannot participate in education and cannot be hired, work and earn. "
"Cities are ruled with and by their whole population. We are involved in this project to add people with disabilities into this governing, help them to reveal and share their cultural and artistic talents and make them lead the society."
"As a volunteer, student relative and student myself, I know and observe that the education provided by the Dreams Academy is quite effective. All the students are provided with the interest they deserve and appreciated greatly. As a result of this, their success makes us really happy."
"Hello my name is Sefa Karapınar. I'm 24 and have hearing loss. I can partially hear and talk so I say hello to anyone :) I joined movie training at the Dreams Academy after completing my education on the Production and Movie Directorship at Plato Film. There was a vivid atmosphere for me. Workshops and short movie shootings were great joy for me. Everything I learnt was great. I thank all volunteers, educators, Dreams Academy staff and all other people supporting us so much for their help and contribution to this project. We are all like a part of a movie :)"
"Hello to those who removes the barriers in dreams.. We all had dreams which weren't likely to come true for us... Our hopelessness lasted until we met the Dreams Academy. We had a chance to say “we are also here, we can produce, we are a part of this society, and we can succeed too.” We had this belief, thanks to Dreams Academy. We removed "
KEY MESSAGES ON THE ROLE OF VOLUNTEERISM IN SHAPING AND IMPLEMENTING AN INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE
Volunteerism advances sustainable development
Volunteering is both a means and an end to the creation of healthy, vibrant societies and the achievement of future sustainable development goals4
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development includes NGOs and state organisations who represent over 12,000 volunteers working in more than 100 developing countries. Forum believes that:
The value of volunteerism is clear – and universal
The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Focus paper and The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda canvass a number of possible goals
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development calls for volunteerism to be recognised and supported as a mechanism for the successful delivery of all post-2015 goals
We hope that these opportunities will continue at local, national, regional and global levels as the discussions over the post-2015 agenda continue.
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