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Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Project Summary

Transferring Innovative Practices (TIP) is a strategical partnership between organisations and practitioners active in social and educational work from 5 different European countries.

With this partnership we will share experience and knowledge, exploring the potential of non formal approaches in education, specially addressing young ELET (Early Leavers from Education and Training) and NEET (Not in Employment, Education and Training) but also connecting different target groups, disadvantaged low qualified youngsters and young graduates ready to integrate social and educational working places, both groups being mutually beneficial, both struggling for their first experiences for social and professional integration.

 

The 3 intellectual outputs that will be developed, a school-based staff training program, a toolkit of non formal creative practices and a documentary story telling film will be implemented concurrently in the participating schools, providing the necessary support for the introduction of these innovative practices through reflective supervisions with experienced trainers.

Learning materials, training resources and guidance will comprise an innovative Teacher Training Programme which focuses on applying art in education and social work.

 

A set of creative and art-based school practices will aim at engaging students in the learning processes, provoking their motivation, curiosity and participation as well as developing their capacity building skills. The programme will be rigorously tested in partner schools and organisations during the course of the project.

The Etool kit is a collection of tools to support and empower teachers in good creative practices, all of which have been tested in the School-Based Teacher Training Programme.

 

The Etool kit will comprise 45 minute templates lesson plans, based around art and drama teaching techniques. The specific characteristics of the target group, young NEET, will be central to the process of designing and executing the sessions, which will also be tested in a variety of countries to ensure universal context and relevence.

ELET will be the title of a short documentation movie of approximately 20 minutes created during the project and telling the stories of some second chance students and schools, some reflecting on the problems of ELET, not just in the countries of the partners organisations but in a bigger range of other European countries.

 

The movie will be a very valuable tool for raising social awareness about ELET and concrete actions to tackle it. 

'Second chance education is a relevant compensatory measure to reduce Early Leaving of Education and Training (ELET), social exclusion and unemployment. It has proven to be a successful approach for young people at risk all over Europe, by implementing suitable programs that provide an adequate learning environment for young people, exploring different kinds of interactive art techniques and creative methods to meet the interests, abilities and experiences of young people. It fits perfectly into the European Policy Strategy 2020.'

Context

Reducing early leavers to 10% by 2020 is not only one of the 5 main goals of Europe 2020 strategy, it’s an important indicator of the quality of our education, our social system and our democracy.

ELET as a serious problem in Europe.

Early leaving of education and training (ELET) and low-skilled young people. Reducing ELET to less than 10% by 2020 is one of the key benchmarks of EU cooperation in education. Despite the decrease in recent years, we are still  far away from the 2020 European target of 10 %. The countries represented in this partnership are some of the worst cases in Europe (PT 4th, IT 5th, BG 6th, HU 7th and UK 8th.) ELET has deep consequences on youth unemployment that have reached alarming rates (EU average in 2016 was 20% but in many countries much higher – Italy 42%, Portugal 32%, Bulgaria 22%, Hungary 20% and UK 16%).

The need for new

learning environments.

Second chance education is today a relevant compensatory measure to reduce ELET. social exclusion and unemployment. It has proved to be an adequate and successful approach for young people at risk all over Europe, by implementing suitable programs that provide an adequate learning environment for young people, exploring different kind of interactive art techniques and creative methods to meet the interests, abilities and experiences of young people . It fits perfectly into the European Policy Strategy 2020.

The importance of compensation measures.

Many plans and policies, in different countries, aiming to reduce early leaving are mainly focused on prevention and intervention measures, within schools and involving just school populations. There is not enough social awareness of the large number of young people that are out of school and don’t intend to go back. That’s why all European relevant documents are highlighting the importance of the so-called compensation measures, among those second chance schools.

'The project is inspired by the innovative contexts of Second Chance Schools of Matosinhos and Budapest, Performing Arts Universities in Porto and Sofia, Bulgaria, and Social Enterprises and Foundations supporting local social inclusion work, in Bristol, UK and Chiari, North Italy.'

Project In-depth

Description and Priorities of TIP Project

 

TIP - ”Transferring innovative practices in 2nd chance education addressing ELET” is a strategical partnership aiming to establish a learning partnership as an open collaborative environment, between organizations and practitioners (artists, youth workers, trainers, social workers) active in social and educational work from 5 different European countries, developing processes of networking creative practices in second chance education and social inclusion work.

With this partnership we want to share experience and knowledge, exploring the potential of non formal approaches in education, specially addressing young ELET (Early Leavers from Education and Training) and NEET (Not in Employment, Education and Training) but also connecting different target groups, disadvantaged low qualified youngsters and young graduates ready to integrate social and educational working places, both groups being mutually beneficial, both struggling for their first experiences for social and professional integration.

The partnership will improve the attractiveness of partners’ activities, developing, along the 2 years of the project, a common strategy to create and deliver relevant and usable products that can help teachers and other professionals to extend their professional capacities and to engage as active agents of change.

The project will promote the public awareness on the importance of non formal alternative approaches in social and educational work, addressing marginalized groups, through public seminars and trainings in different countries as well as a web interactive platform for sharing and dissemination of results.

 

Goals

 

The main goals of TIP project are:

- sharing and networking experiences and good practices in using creative methods in social and educational work addressing vulnerable young people.

- providing challenging mobilities to promote exchange of experiences and professional development for second chance education staff;

 - raising the social awareness for the needs of vulnerable young people education and, developing and submiting policy recommendations at European, National, Regional and Local Level supporting the implementation of second chance education policies and systems.

- developing a school-based staff training program and a toolkit of non formal creative practices, as relevant and usable products that can help teachers and other professionals to extend their professional capacities and to engage as active agents of change;

 

As political and social impacts we aim:

- contribute to reduce the number of low qualified early leavers

- promoting learning opportunities for vulnerable young people;

- engaging a large number of educators, providers, local decision makers and other relevant social players, in 5 EU countries, contributing in this way for the visibility of the problem of early leaving

-  recognition of urgent national and international measures to address ELET such as second chance education interventions at European, National, Regional and Local level

 

Second chance education is a very specific and demanding work. Youth workers, trainers, artists and social workers involved need to activate and develop many resources and skills as well as a strong motivation. This project wants to improve their personal and professional qualities and skills, which will influence the quality and effectiveness of their work. TIP will establish a community of practices, supporting networking among organizations, exploring the potential of non formal approaches, ART and Creativity in education.

 

Context and Needs

 

Early leaving of education and training (ELET) and low-skilled young people is a very serious social problem in Europe. Reducing ELET to less than 10% by 2020 is one of the key benchmarks of EU cooperation in education. Despite the decrease in recent years, we are still  far away from the 2020 European target of 10 %. The countries represented in this partnership are some of the worst cases in Europe (PT 4th, IT 5th, BG 6th, HU 7th and UK 8th.) ELET has deep consequences on youth unemployment that have reached alarming rates (EU average in 2016 was 20% but in many countries much higher – Italy 42%, Portugal 32%, Bulgaria 22%, Hungary 20% and UK 16%).

Second chance education is today a relevant compensatory measure to reduce ELET. social exclusion and unemployment. It has proved to be an adequate and successful approach for young people at risk all over Europe, by implementing suitable programs that provide an adequate learning environment for young people. It fits perfectly into the European Policy Strategy 2020.

Many plans and policies, in different countries, aiming to reduce early leaving are mainly focused on prevention and intervention measures, within schools and involving just school populations. There is not enough social awareness of the large number of young people that are out of school and don’t intend to go back. That’s why all European relevant documents are highlighting the importance of the so-called compensation measures, among those second chance schools. This project will call the attention and raise the awareness of educational systems, public educational authorities and other relevant social players for the importance and need of second chance education addressing early leavers and the establishment of national/regional/local comprehensive policies, that regardless EU recommendations, don’t exist still in many countries.

TIP project will be a learning partnership for sharing, transfering and disseminating relevant innovative practices in education.

 

Meetings

 

Transnational Project Meetings (TPM):

TPM will ensure good communication, understanding and commitment between the partners, discussing progress and planning face-to-face and visiting the different partners, having the chance to contact the local practices and meet the young people and trainers.

 

1) Kick off meeting, AE2O/ESMAE (Matosinhos/Porto, Portugal),

2) Phoenix SE, Bristol, UK: working on the school-based staff training program and reflecting on the non formal creative practices, following the JST in Sofia, Bulgaria. Preparing the etool kit of second chance education creative practices and the JST in Hungary.

3) Istituto Morcelliano, Italy: working on the school-based staff training program and reflecting on the non formal creative practices, following the JST in Hungary. Building the etool kit of second chance education creative practices;

4) AE2O/ESMAE (Matosinhos/Porto, Portugal): final processes and final reporting. Premiere of the documentary story telling film during open final conference.

 

Joint Staff Training Events

2 Joint Staff Trainings are organized and 46 trainees, coming from the 6 partner organizations, working in second chance education, with young people with fewer opportunities will attend the trainings:

- JST1, in Sofia, Bulgaria, will promote Augusto Boal`s methods (Image and The Forum Theatre) stimulate both intellectual and emotional audience participation through discussion, role-playing and shared experiences. The sessions were designed to support and inspire participant practicioners for transferring creative practices and applying them in their programs in the future.

The training took place in the inspiring innovative context and facilities of the Bulgarian Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, in Sofia.  Participants were challenged with exciting innovative exercises and mind set changing activities, raising their level of awareness and better understanding of young people lives.

- JST2, in Budapest, Hungary, will be very special training event, raising the sensitivity, understanding and awareness of practitioners working in second chance education about the profile of young early leavers. The Sensory Theatre method will be used to foster the self-discovery, to extend self knowledge and to encourage self expressing, interacting with the world. It works by extending sensory perceptions as input doors for memories and subjectivities and its importance in the construction of reality. Step by step, the participants in the training will "inhabit" the space, building a deep relationship with a chosen space, using mostly sensory perceptions - sounds, smells, textures, flavors, and also visual images, giving opportunitys for reflection and introspection. The training program has a rich content and the trainees will easily find the proper tools to apply these methods in their youth social inclusion.

 

Dissemination and Multiplier events

 

The 3 main tools for disemination will be:

 

a. 4 Multiplier events, in wich every host organisation is responsible for the local organisation, media, audience.

 

b. application of the Teacher Training Programs (1 and 2) at local/regional level, after the trainings; workshops and 45 minutes art sessions for vulnerable young people in 5 EU countries with total of 110 participants.

c. Final TIP project event in a interactive format , for  100 visitors, presenting the results of the project, web site, projection of the movie ELIT,ups! ELET in Porto, and producing 50 copies of the film to disseminate in the Networks of Second Chance

 

Results – IOS

 

3 intelectual outputs will be developed:

 

IO1 - School-Based Teacher Training Programme (SBTTP)

Learning materials, training resources and guidance will support an innovative teachers training programme, based on the experience and know-how of the partners organisations in the area of apllying art in education and social work. A set of creative and art-based shool practicies will aim the involvement of the students  into the learning processes, provoking their motivation, curiosity and participation as well as developing the young people capacity building.

 

The teacher training programme will:

- be discussed and designed with the participation of all the partners;

- comprise information about the latest researches and statistics.

- include case studies with described art-based  good practicies;

- offer materials and researches and methods, providing high quality of the training environment;

- provide guidance on the preparation and implementation;

 

IO2 - Etool Kit of Second Chance Education Creative Practices

It will be a tool to support and empower teachers by documentation and collection of  good creative practices, trained on JSTE and tested in the School-Based Teacher Training Programme. TIP project will guide the teachers in discovering and transferring practical arts-based approaches useful and applicable for individual and groups of young people on the three levels of European measures for reducing ESL: prevention, intervention and compensation.

As part of this  IO2 will be created 45 minutes templates as proposals for school classes, based on  art and drama-techniques.

Second chance will be given to teachers and students for enjoying calming activities and warm ups, building safe and friendly atmosphere as a necessary condition to start and establish relationship; sensory theatre exercises supporting self regulation and open communication; image and forum theatre methods for encouraging self expression and developing self confidence, positive thinking and individual and group creation.  The specific characteristics of the target group, young NEET, will be taken in mind in the process of designing and executing the sessions in the different context of the partners countries.

 

IO3 - Documentary Story Telling Film (DSTF).

ELIT, ups! ELET will be the title of a short documentation movie (app. 20 minutes) created during the project telling the stories of some second chance students, some second chance schools, some reflecting on the problems of ELET not just in the countries of the partners organisations but in a bigger range of other European countries. With the support of European Network of second chance schools, which member is ESOM, Pt, Hungarian school and the UK partner, as well as the contribution of the Film departments from the partners organisations NATFA, Bg and ESMAE, Pt. The movie will be a very valuable tool for raising social awareness about ELET and concrete actions to tackle it. Images from some European Second chance schools, Information about existing innovative and art practices will be part of the content of the movie.

Part of the training activities of the TIP project and the application of the teachers program in the classes will be filmed as well, as some interviews with teachers, students and other people working at that field. All the partners will contribute for the script and the concept of the film. IO3 will be a platform to express what the partners have to say about this urgent educational priority in Europe but also to promote some good working art-practices on that field. The movie will be presented at the last Multiplier event in Portugal as a part of the closing activity of the Project in Porto.

 

IO3 ELIT, ups ELET! will be promoted in several movie festivals in Portugal, Bulgaria, UK, Hungary and Italy, contributing for the visibility of this social problem and the recognition of urgent national and international political needed interventions.

 

 

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