Between 2016 and 2017, in accordance with the benchmark of the Europe 2020 Strategy to reduce early school-leaving (ESL) to 10%, the project Edu-Action promoted a joint action among organizations from six different countries of the world to share existing practices and discover new ones to face the topic of early school leaving.
Following this experience, the project Edu-Action 2.0 has been set up to start a new cooperation with youth organizations from Kenya, Nepal, Uruguay, Estonia and Spain with a view to increasing the levels of school attendance. The objective is to promote the exchange of good practices to combat early school leaving in these countries through mobility activities undertaken by 12 youth workers from partner organizations.
As an innovative character of this action, they will experience a double job shadowing period: they will spend one month in their home town accompanying and coaching another youth worker taking part in the project, whilst in the following month they will travel abroad, being hosted by one of the partner organizations and coached by another youth worker, in line with a peer-to-peer learning approach.
Edu-Action 2.0 will promote meetings and study visits, the development of a research about the impact of youth work on the prevention of early school leaving and the creation of an awareness raising campaign about the importance of education processes and school attendance.
Edu-Action 2.0 is funded by Erasmus+ program (Capacity Building for Youth in ACP Countries, Latin America and Asia) and lasts from December 2018 to April 2020.
This Strategic Partnership of the organisations aims to:
- promote discussion and dialogue about social, political and economic dynamics that lead young people to turn away from the school and the world of education;
- develop the personal and professional competences of youth workers in the field of non-formal education and learning;
- make a broader public aware of the value of non-formal learning outcomes in the Program Countries and Partner Countries.
The project is coordinated by Per Esempio Onlus.
Per Esempio Onlus is a non profit organization set up in Palermo in 2011. It develops, at local and international level, actions focusing on the fight against educational deprivation, active participation, gender empowerment and on children, youth and adult education. Its main goal is to foster inclusion and empowerment of people with fewer opportunities.
Resource Hub for Development (RHD) multiplies experience and good practices in the field of youth work, non-formal education and community development in different regions of Kenya. Its mission consists in partnering with communities, organizations and institutions in order to empower marginalized communities in rural and urban slums.
Campaign for Change-Nepal (CCN) organizes activities for Nepalese youth through internship programs so to develop their personal and professional skills. The organization staff works with public and private entities involving students of different social groups and helping them to build their careers.
Asociación Uruguaya de Difusión del Español como Lengua Extranjera (AUDELE) promotes the spread of Spanish language, Uruguayan culture and intercultural experiences. The staff works with children and teenagers living in the streets organizing sports and music activities and summer camps.
Asociación Mundus works as a network at local level, cooperating with the Municipality of Santa Coloma de Gramenet (a town in the outskirts of Barcelona), several local high schools and 2 local Foundations dealing with youngsters under the protection of the Catalan government due to their special risky situations connected to their familiar condition.
Seiklejate Vennaskond is an experienced NGO in non-formal education field. The organization has been active in international cooperation for 15 years and, in particular, it has experience and know-how on the topics of inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, volunteering and human rights.
University of Palermo – Department of Psychological, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences is the scientific partner of Edu-Action 2.0 project. It will carry out a research about non formal education and youth work’s impact on the prevention of early school leaving in partner countries. The project’s topics will be analysed by the Department staff through surveys and focus groups activities.