Social Inclusion

In a world where social and economic inequalities and the inequalities of opportunity amongst different sectors of the population, are tending to sharpen, a firm, convincing opting for strengthening the mechanisms of welfare and social protection of the most vulnerable groups is required.

Becoming aware of the mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization affecting our cities is a necessary first step. Educating Cities are advancing in the construction of more inclusive cities from a comprehensive focus, coming out in favor of education as the driver of personal and collective development and for the improvement in social coexistence and cohesion.

Principles of the Charter: 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 17

Charter of Educating Cities


Focus Experience

Experiences - News

Apucarana, a city that includes, welcomes and embraces

This initiative not only serves to reduce the barriers faced by the hearing impaired, give them the opportunity to interact with the public and enhance their sense of belonging in society, but it also assists pupils in learning to value and respect differences.


Sargassum: a city’s resilience

A series of maintenance, preservation and conservation programmes for cleaning the beaches that promote social and workplace inclusion, environmental education and culture in order to favour the social and economic development.


PILARES: Points of Innovation, Freedom, Art, Education and Knowledge

The PILARES centres are spaces open to the public that promote the inclusion of the most vulnerable social groups, and are based on four main components: education, culture, sport and economic entrepreneurship. [...]

CEU – Unified Education Centre 

The CEUs are poles of community development that foster the education of the population and take on organisational functions and definition of the area in which they are located, while being used as spaces for social projects and actions of local interest. [...]

‘Acompañar’ Programme: Lifelong Learning

A comprehensive and permanent socio-educational accompaniment programme that arises as a municipal public policy, where actions are articulated from different areas of the local government and with multiple actors in the community, in order to improve the life trajectories of the inhabitants. [...]

Co-caring in Villa Carlos Paz: The right to care in equality

The project is committed to reducing gender gaps and others, so that people in their different life cycles can access care and development, managing care integrally with a community and equitable sense, both privately and publicly. [...]

Embroidering Resistance: Female Embroiderers in Alto Alegre

The project "Bordando Resistência: Bordadeiras de Alto Alegre" stems from a group of female Quilombola (Afro-Brazilian) embroiderers in Alto Alegre, in the city of Horizonte, who use art as a tool for empowerment, inclusion and autonomy. [...]

Municipal Council of Immigrants: towards the effective participation of migrants and refugees

A consultative body seen as pioneering within Brazil, which aims to channel the voice of this community so that it can contribute to the development of municipal policies that promote and guarantee their rights. [...]

Housing First: access to housing programme for homeless people

Housing First is an innovative model of care for homeless people that advocates that in order to get off the streets, people must first have access to individual, decent and permanent housing. [...]

School of Social Entrepreneurship

Promoting the social and solidarity economy in order to foster socio-economic inclusion through the self-managed employment of people and groups in vulnerable situations, by way of training and support for their entrepreneurial projects.

LaB InDança

Inclusive dance project based on the creation of a space that offers all people (in particular those with functional diversity) a multitude of experiences, both educational and in the arts, with the aim of promoting regular daily artistic practice. [...]

CAL- Community Art Laboratory

Community co-creation participatory art project [...]


Participatory amateur film programme developed by senior citizens and people with functional diversity attending Anadia’s social institutions. [...]

EnvolvAr-te – Circo por Todos (Get Involved in Art – Circus for All)

Circus arts programme aimed at people with functional diversity. [...]

INclude – Workshops for one and all

Inclusive art workshops aimed at people with severe mental illnesses. [...]

Friendship Park

The first ever inclusive park in the city of Montevideo and in Uruguay with universal accessibility, geared towards the recreation of children, young people and adults. Recreational and educational schemes are used to foster aspects of socialisation, inclusion and learning. [...]

From here and there

A radio programme that was created in 2007 with the idea of devoting a slot on the municipal radio station, El Prat Ràdio, to immigrants who live in the town, giving them a voice as presenters and protagonists of the programme. [...]

Rooftop allotments

Rooftop allotments are installed in disused municipal buildings in order to contribute to the increase of green spaces in the city, and also to promote people with various disabilities or mental health problems, who participate actively in the allotments, improving their inclusion and learning. [...]

Urban Recyclers Program

It is an initiative that helps to improve the quality of life of urban recyclers through a comprehensive focus. [...]

The Human Library of Valongo for Students

The inititative of Valongo is unique and mainly addressed to young people from 14-15 years old, in order to confront stereotypes and prejudice, and foster values-based education through awareness. [...]

buntkicktgut: inter-cultural street football league

This initiative uses the power of street football to promote the contact and interaction between children and young people, immigrant or German-born, through an inter-cultural league. [...]

El Obrador

This facility was created to facilitate access to cultural assets for the population of the Rosario West district, one of the most underprivileged areas in the city, in order to give value to the identity-related features of this population, promoting their rights and helping with job finding. [...]

Morelian Women’s Bazaars

This program encourages female empowerment by offering them free training in different productive activities that can generate income. In the courses women are taught about how to create craft works that they later will promote and sell. [...]

Social pricing, a local initiative to foster equality of opportunities

In order to contribute to social equity, some municipal services implemented this calculation’ model that replaces the single price with a table of variable prices calculated on the basis of family income, that contributes to lower prices for lower incomes. [...]

Educational Welcome Centres

They are support and advising sessions for foreign students and their families, prior to starting school. They address all education-related issues within the general framework of integrating into the local community and the school system. [...]


A social inclusion project addressed to transsexuals and transvestites in order to guarantee the dignity of this group of population, prioritising education as a tool of social transformation. [...]

BIP/ZIP Lisbon Program – Local Partnerships

A priority intervention program developed in neighborhoods and zones of Lisbon that seeks to implement actions to improve life’s conditions through the active participation of local associations and the citizenry living there, with financial and technical support of the City Council. [...]

Learning-Service in L’Hospitalet

A pedagogical methodology that combines, in one concrete action, the learning of a determinate part of the educational curriculum with undertaking a project that benefits the community, promoting coexistence, social cohesion and participation. [...]

The Human Library in the Vasconcelos

In order to foster dialogue and mutual knowledge, people that, due to their personal situations have to face prejudices and stereotypes, offer themselves to become a “book” which can be consulted by “readers” that show interest in getting to know these personal circumstances first-hand. [...]

Community promotion and intervention in the neighbourhood of Los Ámbitos

An action carried out with the aim of integrating the more than 200 families into the community, avoiding social alarm and the generation of a “nucleus of risk” that could turn the neighbourhood into a marginal “ghetto”. [...]

Zanardi Houses Project

This project is based on the common search for new and inventive solutions to the crisis -which has changed the families' circumstances-, through supportive responses.

Good Start Programme

The Programme was designed in order to provide comprehensive care to the city’s vulnerable child population, from pregnancy to 5 years old. Thus, the children receive care from an interdisciplinary team of professionals and from different public services. [...]

Inclusion Drivers Programme

Young volunteers participate in activities with the aim of integrating disabled people into the daily life. Through their leading role in awareness processes, they act as multipliers of their knowledge and spread the perspective of inclusion. [...]

The Toulouse Council of Foreign Residents

It is an advisory council where foreign non-EU residents in Toulouse can express themselves in order to fight against all forms of discrimination and promote diversity, equality, dialogue and conviviality. [...]