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.
Activities involving youth and taking place in makerspaces will lead to young people developing a set of soft skills contributing to their social and psychological re-engagement. In a makerspace setting, youth can boost their self-confidence, foster a team work spirit, develop a sense of agency, ability to effectively communicate thoughts and feelings, develop listening and cooperation skills, and the ability to compromise, as well as creativity, persistence and social responsibility.
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.