Makers for Inclusion promotes education through maker activities as a means to foster the social inclusion of young people.
Makerspaces provide an environment where youth can experiment, make, and tinker safely, securely and comfortably. Far from being a reality open to a few selected people already sensitized to maker education and digital technologies, makerspaces really tend to be inclusive and accessible to anyone, regardless of their level of competence and skills in the field of digital/traditional DIY, or their background. Makerspaces put a strong emphasis on collaboration, communication, sharing of ideas.
Participating in a design and production project gives the students the opportunity to be responsible for their own learning process, improving their creativity, motivation and self-esteem. Teachers and students learn from experience, inte-raction with others and technology processes.
As a result, youth work and educational activities which take place in such an environment generally appeal to a wide proportion of youngsters regardless their background, or personal interests.
By bringing youth work for social inclusion into makerspaces would lead to the development and widespread dissemination of innovative professional practices in the field of non formal education.