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Reblog: Hola Chile!

Author: Kate Green   15th April 2016

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Reblogged from kategreen28.org

I think my most commonly used word on my travels to Chile was ‘vamos’ (let’s go in English). So what took me to Chile? Gemma Tombs and I travelled 28 hours to participate in the MUSE project kick-off meeting and it was fabulous.

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MUSE is an Erasmus+ cofunded project that aims to grant equal access to education for those with a disability in three Latin American countries. The project aim is to build a framework that will be developed and piloted across 6 Latin American Universities and can be adopted by other institutions. Each of the countries, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, has two institutions that will participate in the live project.

What struck me straight away (apart from flying over the Andes, which was breathtaking by the way) was the passion, enthusiasm and commitment the partners have for this project. Thre is a real concern to grant students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their learning as their peers without a disability. It is utterly heartbreaking to hear some of the stories, but it has filled me with the motivation to make a change. I don’t think I am alone in this either: we went to a conference on our final day at the government building that discussed how we can better support those with disabilities and there was 190 in the room, almost double what was expected.

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