SPEL is a partner in the “Raising the digital literacy of professionals to address
inequalities and exclusion of LGBTQI community”, occurring from 2021 until 2023,
and will have partner institutions from the UK, Greece, Luxembourg, Romania and
the Netherlands.

Main objectives:

In the current context which emerged from the COVID-19 crisis, this project aims to
equip European professionals with the necessary resources to better respond to
the needs of the LGBTQI population, victim of social exclusion. These resources
will be focused on ICT, as, in a time of social distancing, these are increasingly
more used and more relevant. In this context, the RAINBO project aims to explore
this type of solutions, with innovative tools and practices, focused on the
improvement of services that meet the needs of the LGBTQI population.

More specifically, the project will operate in the following areas:
• Support European professionals on how to include LGBTQI perspectives in their activities. It is also intended that these professionals become aware of intersectionality, that is, when there is a combination of 2 or more grounds of discrimination. These professionals are support professionals, relief aid officers, social workers, mental health and health care providers;
•  Enhance the digital skills of these professionals with the aim of meeting the needs of the LGBTQI beneficiaries;
•  Create an incentive for the adoption of the project’s methodology in VET, after its conclusion;
•  Strengthen transnational learning and cooperation networks of institutions, Civil Society Organisations, public bodies/services, community centres, helplines and the professionals involved;
•  Foster social inclusion and equality, ensuring that LGBTQI people are included in all health, humanitarian and economic relief efforts;
•  Raise awareness of medical and mental health inequalities faced by the LGBTQI community.

Final results:

1) The production of a VET programme for 100 professionals with the following objectives:
a) improve their knowledge in LGBTQI physical and mental health issues, under the lens of intersectionality;
b) acquire the appropriate digital competences for providing support in social distancing context;
c) contribute to the elimination of biases and stereotypes for sexual and gender minorities;
d) ensure that LGBTQI people are included in all health, humanitarian and economic relief efforts.

2) The creation of an e-learning platform, which will:
a) Allow easy access to the course;
b) raise awareness about the project and disseminate all project material;
c) motivate professionals and VET providers to use the project’s products.

3) An increase of the know-how of all the project participants when it comes to practices, terms and tools to promote LGBTQI inclusion in their professional activities.

4) The provision of more adequate services, on the part of European professionals, to the excluded LGBTQI population as a result of the new situation that emerged from the COVID-19 crisis.

Acronym RAINBO
Title Raising the digital literacy of professionals to address inequalities and exclusion of
LGBTQI community
Programme Erasmus+
Key Action KA226 - Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness
Reference  
Status Ongoing
Start date 01/06/2021
End date 31/05/2023
Partners • CCW – TRAINING ACADEMY LIMITED – UK;

• AKMI KATARTISI EKPAIDEYSI ANONYMI ETAIREIA – Greece;

• NOVEL GROUP SARL – Luxembourg;

• SOCIEDADE PROMOTORA DE
ESTABELECIMENTOS DE ENSINO LDA – Portugal;

•  HIP – HUB FOR INNOVATION POLICY S.R.L – Romania;

• SYMPLEXIS – Greece; STICHTING GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR LGBT EDUCATION
– Netherlands.

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