Plenty of scholarships of quality and commitment to promoting the educational and labor inclusion of students with disabilities

Attendance, progress, participation and equity are concepts that must be present in any project that seeks educational and labor inclusion for people with disabilities. To which we must also add thoughts of sympathy with which a more just and equal society can be promoted.

This is the challenge for all and is also reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, according to the fourth point of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, governments and institutions must “ensure inclusive, equitable and high-quality education, as well as promote learning opportunities throughout life and for all.”

This, they reported from the United Nations, enables equal educational opportunity for all people to have “upward social and economic mobility”, one of the most important keys to breaking the so-called cycle of poverty. This is not a trivial fact, of course, because at this time, according to data from the Geography of Child Poverty in Spain from the High Commissioner against Poverty, there are about 2.3 million children in this situation in our country.

Overall, there is still some way to go in terms of student inclusion in general, but when we talk to people with disabilities, the challenge to achieving equality is somewhat greater. According to the study Comprehensive Pedagogy at the University: Teachers’ Narratives‘, prepared by a broad learning community led by Dr. Annabel Morena (119 professors from several Spanish universities) and commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, every day more university students with disabilities are enrolling in higher education, although not all of them complete their studies. degrees due to the obstacles they encounter in their academic lives, particularly because not all facilities are technologically prepared and because teachers do not usually receive training in inclusion and disability.

Fundación Universia announces 100 scholarships with the help of 100,000 euros

To reflect this situation, Banco Santander, strongly committed to educational and labor inclusion, has encouraged the 17th edition of the Universia Foundation Scholarships 2022 programme, which will provide 100 scholarships with €100,000 aid for students with disabilities, to their preference. Empowerment and contribution to equal opportunities in the field of education and employment.

Cristina Pernas, a medical student at the University of Santiago de Compostela, has had the opportunity to receive scholarships on several occasions from Fundación Universia. Christina suffers from high myopia and optic neuropathy, and highlights that “these scholarships helped me a lot from different points of view, not only because thanks to them I was able to have computers that allow me to enlarge my notes, as well as printers that print in DIN A3 size; but because I In addition, I was able to reach a profession that gave me a lot of happiness, although, of course, I faced difficulties. ”

Over 15 million euros invested in scholarships since 2007

Since the launch of this scholarship program in 2007, Fundación Universia has invested more than 15 million euros and awarded a total of 2,400 scholarships to enhance employment, access, advancement and mobility for students with disabilities.

Bernas points out this, emphasizing that one of the “great experiences of my life” was thanks to these scholarships. “I lived in Mexico with a Mobility Scholarship from Banco Santander and it was a key moment for me, because it allowed me to develop academically and personally. It allowed me to see that, even though I don’t have the same skills as others, I have the ability to train and study as others and live in Another country on my own.”

Once the scholarship ends, the support goes beyond the educational field, continuing to accompany students through the Fundación Universia Employment Program, which provides guidance towards later integration into the company through various training programs. routingTraining and employment.

Who can apply for the Fundación Universia 2022 Scholarship?

The program targets students with disabilities who are enrolled, during the school year 2021/2022, in some training programs in schools and/or universities to obtain degrees, masters, doctorates, university degrees, vocational training, language courses, training related to culture and sports, competitive examinations and level training courses medium and high.

Registration is open until April 18, 2022. After applications are evaluated, the final list of beneficiary students will be published as of May 27, 2022.

Diversity enriches teams and organizations

In business matters, many managers of large companies defend this diversity of professional teams that enriches the activity of any organization, because each of us perceives the same reality in a different way. In other words, five people are able to give away five different solutions to the same problem and this enriches the teams as well as the community as a whole.

Indeed, in this line, they point out from the study led by Dr. Annabelle Morena, that many professors positively value the presence of students with disabilities in the university, as it makes the biases disappear and this helps to improve understanding of disability through the entire educational community.

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