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Building Our Employment skill through Music Investigations and new media
Start date: 01 Mar 2015, End date: 30 Nov 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

BOEMI is an innovative capacity building project involving 5 partners from 2 different continents (Europe and Africa) that envisages to use non formal education, reciprocal maieutic approach and music as a tool for youth development, and more specifically to raise employability skills of over 270 youngsters. The project aims at promoting transnational non-formal learning mobility activities between the different countries, targeting both young people with fewer opportunities and youth workers, so as to increase their competences and active participation in society.In the current context of exceptional youth unemployment rates, skills mismatch and the need for new educational approaches, BOEMI will enable youngsters to boost their employability skills and confidence, using their own music traditions as a starting point for their professional personal development and active participation. With BOEMI, youngsters will learn and apply ICT and new media skills to music, raising their competitiveness and at the same time fostering their intercultural exchanges. 36 Youth workers from 5 countries (Italy, Spain, Denmark, Ghana and Senegal) will carry out a study on traditional music in their countries and take part in an International Training Course on non-formal education methods and music, where they will record their own music. A series of local workshops and dissemination activities will allow them to further develop and use the new methods and skills acquired locally. A Final Seminar will focus on media skills and their diffusion amongst young people with fewer opportunities. The latter will also benefit from job counselling sessions on music promotion and will organize 6 local concerts. Through BOEMI, youth workers will acquire a new non-formal learning methodology and be able to apply it in their everyday work; young people with fewer opportunities will foster their confidence, self-esteem and enrich their competences, becoming more competitive. Ultimately, BOEMI beneficiaries will gain new skills that will enable them to make an entrepreneurial activity out of music traditions, thus narrowing the gap between labour market needs and their qualifications. The foreseen pedagogic methodology will apply Danilo Dolci’s Reciprocal Maieutic Approach to traditional music and other non-formal learning tools. The study phase will be carried out «on the field» and, together with the International TC and local workshops will innovatively combine music traditions with new media investigations, promoting a flexible practice that can be used by and for youth universally.As part of our project’s deliverables, youngsters will produce and disseminate online a collection of traditional music from each partner country and of new recorded songs, a Training Manual in 4 languages for a «Best Practices Collection», and a music portfolio of each participant
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