The Visual Library of Safe Space Good Practices

Overcoming Barriers

A learning space must be perceived by the learners as a safe space. This implies several concepts from inclusion, respect, motivation, possibility of individual and collective empowerment and intergenerational cooperation. Involving learners from disadvantaged groups or in a period of Covid 19 has been a challenge that many organizations seek to overcome. Here you will find some good examples of initiatives that look to overcome those challenges and involve all, even the most reticents.

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Open Spaces

Openess doesn’t only mean absence of obstruction but, in the context of safe spaces, it leads us to heterogeneity of the group, diversity of space and contents covered (from cultural to etnical or social). Those good practices presended here are an example of that.

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Online Communities

Online communities have been a pillar of active participation in the recent years with the rise of multiple movements battling inequalities through non-mainstream media. The very nature of accessibility and anonymity in the world wide web has already given ground to the creation of open safe spaces that promote equal opportunities and invite new and participatory initiatives. Here you will find some good examples of said initiatives that aim to foster participation in the digital public sphere.

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Protecting Gender Identities

The protection, expression and visibility of women and feminities as well as systemically excluded groups on account of their gender identities has been the historical backbone of the creation and rhetoric of safe spaces. A safe space in this account is highlighted as an outlet for emotional and physical, personal and relational acceptance and appreciation. In the goodpractices that follow we have a look at the elements that advocate safety in multiple initiatives that aim to protect gender Identities.

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The Learning Guide Publications

Safe Spaces for Learning Guide

Intellectual Output 1: How to create and maintain a safe space for adult learning

Safe Spaces in everyday life

IO1.A1: Coping with struggle and oppression in everyday life.

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Good Practices on Safe Spaces for Learning Summary

A publication based on the content of the visual library of existing safe spaces for adult education