FUTCO is a higher educational institution founded in 1984, whose mission is training people within an innovative research and entrepreneurial culture. The university aims to positively impact the social environment based on the development of applied research and development projects. FUTCO aims to support vulnerable populations, providing solutions for access to high quality education, high quality health care and several and diverse social welfare programs.
FUTCO is working with youth groups in Columbia to inclusively co-design and develop digital games and other learning tools that will support students with learning differences, in the context of entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, and diversity. These resources will then be made available as Open Education Resources (OER).
Karisma is a Colombian civil society organization founded in 2003 to ensure that the benefits of technology reach those most in need, and that technological developments promote human rights. It approaches activism from both legal and technological angles, working in coalition with local, regional and international partners.
Karisma will conduct surveys with four different youth organisations in order to determine their needs related to serving youth with learning differences. These organisations include both formal and informal/popular schools as well as hacker groups and community houses, with a focus on marginalised groups. First-person story gathering and dissemination will be a main component of this work. The surveys will be followed by co-design workshops, pilot delivery of tools, and evaluation.
TakingITGlobal empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Their free action guides, summer camps, and educator training help to engage students in deep learning through real-world problem solving. Through Connected North, TIG delivers culturally-relevant content to Canada's most remote communities, supporting Indigenous youth leadership and cultural exchange.
TakingITGlobal is focusing on developing inclusive and accessible youth action guides related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The new guides will be based on a revision of their original youth action guides on the Millennial Development Goals, with added focus on inclusion and learning difference. TIG is also working on gathering and disseminating indigenous youth video stories from over 20 groups all over Canada, and will focus on an inclusive creation process as well as on creating accessible final works.
James is a Ugandan PhD student at SMARTlab - Inclusive Design Research Centre, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, where he works under the supervision of Professor Lizbeth Goodman. He is also a humanitarian action professional and knowledge investigator on topics related to Assistive Technology, Disability Rights, Age, Diversity, and Inclusion. James is based in Vienna, Austria and Kampala,Uganda.
The SMARTlab UCD runs practice-based graduate programs and a research centre for designers, engineers, artists and technologists working across disciplines. It supports a suite of community engagement and creative industry projects around e-inclusion and design for ability, (amongst other topics). It houses a knowledge transfer centre, sensory studio and makerspace/VR lab where local communities can join forces with UCD academics, artists, technologists and game designers to make and test games and interactive tools.
James is working with youth organizations in Rwanda to document the stories and experiences of young people with learning differences, with an aim to map the barriers they face in accessing the formal education system. James will also work with young people to map out inclusion practices with the aim of promoting local inclusive design practices, processes, and approaches. The initiative will engage young people with learning differences and their parents and caregivers as well as representatives of youth-led organizations in Rwanda. For activities in Rwanda, James will collaborate with UWEZO, a Rwandan organization led by youth with disabilities, and the African Youth with Disabilities Network (AYWDN).
Through educational experiences Tecnológico de Monterrey helps students become agents of change. Their social development network of students and volunteers works year-round to provide training and guidance, and promotes an entrepreneurial spirit among marginalized communities, boosting innovation through productive projects. Tecnológico de Monterrey tackles the education gap in Mexico through Prepanet, a socially responsible online platform for anyone who wishes to finish their high school studies regardless of their schedule, age, or economic status.
Tecnológico Monterrey is working with youth organisations in Mexico to gather narratives around barriers to education and disengagement from formal education, with a focus on youth with learning differences.