Digital media and ICT offer possibilities to communicate anywhere and make knowledge available in a variety of ways. But this also means that existing discrimination and the digital divide of the population may be reinforced by a lack of access or lack of skills.
Access to media and the possibility for media literacy acquisition depend to a large extent on sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors. Therefore, in particular children and young people from underprivileged and socially disadvantaged families have in their education and future opportunities often less chances. The resulting lack of media literacy leads to a lack of vocational, social and cultural participation. That´s why the project e-Inclusion connected the aspects of inclusion and media education, to provide a successful educational process and the possibility of full participation in society for all children and adolescents. e-Inclusion means all measures to remove barriers to the use of information and communication technologies as well as the use of ICT to involve comprehensive inclusion objectives.
E-Inclusion was a transnational project in the Lower Saxony Framework Programme ´Inclusion by Enculturation´, initiated by the European Institute of Innovation (EIFI), the city of Osterholz-Scharmbeck and the community college Osterholz-Scharmbeck / Hambergen / Schwanewede in cooperation with exemplary institutions in other EU States.
The aim of the project was to develop the Media Centre, located in Osterholz-Scharmbeck on the Campus for lifelong learning, to a practice-oriented competence center and a service facility for supporting inclusive processes in schools and other educational institutions. To this end, a self-learning center, media production facilities as well as new ways to acquire media skills have been established in the media centre. Moreover, the improvement of media literacy on the part of teaching staff in school and extracurricular educational institutions was a major goal of the project e-Inclusion. For this purpose special training opportunities for the teaching of media literacy have been developed and tested for facilitators, educators and teachers considering inclusive processes.
European Institute for Innovation
City of Osterholz-Scharmbeck
Volkshochschule (adult education centre) Osterholz-Scharmbeck / Hambergen / Schwanewede
Media Centre of the district of Osterholz
Secondary schools: Lernhaus im Campus and Integrated Comprehensive School
Urban youth work
Southwark City Learning Centre of London Borrough of Southwark / UK
Dundee College / UK
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) / UK
City of Varberg / SE
European Social Fund
Inclusion through Enculturation