Yesterday, 7. November 2023, the online training of our “Walk in our shoes” project, supported by the International Visegrad Fund, began.
The aim of the international training is to prepare our Polish and Czech partners to use a similar, special form of direct social sensitization, such as the People First Association’s Hidden City Tor-Tour. (https://peoplefirst.hu/en/blog-post/hidden-city-tor-tour/)
We are convinced that we will have a much greater impact on public sensitization towards accessibility if we not only talk about it, but simply show it. If the participants of the Hidden City Tor-Tour can experience together with us what it is like to overcome barriers as tourists and citizen. If they try the tools (wheelchair, white cane), they can also try a little bit of the “obstructed” life itself.
The training is held by experienced experts of People First, we meet our Polish and Czech partners online three times. The first session was about barrier-free tourism, the effects of the project and the role of best practices in civil society, and then we had a good conversation. People First has also created a detailed curriculum for participants to deepen their understanding of the topics.
We meet online twice more, followed by the project development phase, and then study tours in the three countries.