In Europe today there is a demand for a highly qualified and mobile workforce that is able to meet the needs of employers. Too many students drop out of school early and not enough students complete third level education, this is why these issues are targets for EU 2020. Education is the most important tool an individual can possess to open the door to the labour market and for society to combat poverty and social exclusion. Education is the key to a healthier, more harmonious and prosperous Europe. In the document "Tackling early school leaving: A key contribution to the Europe 2020 Agenda" the connection between early school leaving and unemployment is made. This project aims to engage these concerns.
We want to open the doors between schools and employers. Through making it possible for students to come into contact with employers and working life they will see what is required to gain access to the labour market. Educators will be able to build up a network with employers which will enable them to better prepare students for the future. By preparing students for the realities of what employers expect both at home and abroad and highlighting the similarities and differences between European employers, this project can lead to improved employment opportunities. According to Eurostat four of the five participating countries have youth unemployment levels of over 20% and is therefore an issue that our project seeks to address.
We want to open doors between teachers of different nationalities. Through the planning of activities that utilise project work, group work and inter-disciplinary teaching methods we will allow the spread of teaching ideas and encourage alternative didactic techniques. We will also provide a platform for teachers to exchange ideas and provide each other with inspiration and tools for success. We will look at ways of integrating IT technology into the classroom as well as using Situated and Experiential learning to help meet the needs outlined in the Youth on the Move initiative that.
We want to open doors between young people and the educational system. Through innovative and engaging educational activities we will motivate young people to stay in school and go on to third level education. They will be given the opportunity to co-operate and collaborate with both students from the same school as well as students from diverse European nations. Stronger bonds with fellow students reduces the risk of students dropping out.
We want to open the doors between students of different nationalities. Through contact with other young people in Europe, students will communicate in a foreign language, develop their communicative ability and develop their social skills. By motivating and integrating students of various backgrounds and nationalities they will be given the opportunity to notice, appreciate and respect the differences between people, cultures and nations and develop intercultural competence and reduce prejudice. We want to give the students the keys and make it possible for them to break social codes and by that increase tolerance and respect for the differences of various cultures. This project aims to build a cultural awareness among pupils, teachers and the local communities to help us cross barriers and learn to accept and appreciate different values, cultures and geograhical diversity. The students involved will learn from the project and by spreading these new won attitudes a lot of people will be able to gain from it. When an individual cracks the social code of a culture or an organisation it greatly eases integration and mobility. We wish to encourage integration into the European community and the European labour market.
This project offers opportunities for all students to participate, regardless of needs. Pupils with special needs as well as members of minorities will be fully integrated. It is a fact that there are families in Europe who do not prioritise education and prefer to insert their children, as soon as possible, into working life. This can result in poverty, unemployment and instability of jobs. With this project we intend to motivate our students in order to avoid early school leaving. We want to provide them with richer social activities and encourage them to quest to a higher level of education and thus to enable them to find steady work and support their families and enrich the surrounding community.
Our project addresses the following objectives and needs:
• improving links between schools and employers to reduce youth unemployment
• disseminating modern didactic methods, educational ideas and E-learning to reduce early school leaving rates, motivate students, promote third level education and reduce youth unemployment
• breaking barriers and prejudices by improving understanding of other cultures and languages to increase youth mobility and reduce unemployment