Europe 2020 First Target: Fighting Unemployment
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2017
Unemployment is a key issue for the EU. The European Commission considers employment as the first target for the EU in 2020 (75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed). Therefore, it seem most timely and necessary for European schools to promote teaching activities and active debates on this topic in order to raise the students' awareness of the first EU target in the next five years. In national and transnational groups, this project aims, on the one hand, to examine the reasons and the effects of unemployment in both the partner regions and the EU, taking into account the multiple aspects of vulnerability in the labour market (age, sex, educational and social background, migration, labour sectors, seasonality, etc), and the role of policy-makers and economic actors as well. On the other hand, this project aims to analyse and propose measures to reach the European Union 2020 goal on both regional and European levels. Therefore, students will be asked to find out how the measures proposed by the EU and the national government bodies are being and can be implemented in the specific regions involved in the project and which new measures could be undertaken. In spite of the fact that unemployment can be different from country to country, students will deal with this topic no only from a national and regional viewpoint, but also taking into account the current labour situation in other European countries in order to draw similarities, differences and suggestions on how unemployment and social exclusion can be best overcome.
Six European partners are participating in this project: Institut Lacetània in Manresa (Spain) acting as the coordinating school, the Kaufmännische Schule in Göppingen (Germany), the 3rd General Lyceum of Kavala (Greece), the Liceo Morgagni of Rome (Italy), the Lubelskie Centrum Ksztalcenia Zawodowego i Ustawicznego im. Krzysztofa Kamila Baczynskiego in Lublin (Poland), and the Balcova Ahmet Hakki Balcioglu Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi in Izmir (Turkey). All the partners in the project have been cooperating with our school in our last Comenius project, therefore contacts between the partners, working methods, professional competencies, conflict management and cooperation are well-known. All teachers who are participating in the project bring experience in the field of projects related to social and economic issues.
We will wok with students between 16 and 19 years of age. We have seven single stages of work and four transnational meetings in which the results will be exchanged and evaluated, while the working phase will be developed by means of etwnning and other online resources. Using online and transnational meetings, we aim to develop the awareness of the diversity of the local, national, and international labour situation and market, as well as the awareness of Europe as a place to work and to live in. Students are also expected to develop methodical competences and to improve their language skills, critical and creative thinking skills, interpersonal skills and practical skills by acquiring research and decision-making techniques. For this reason, this project also aims to create teaching tools to support the continuous development of students' transferable skills (working with people and data) and to increase their motivation by encouraging collaboration and experience sharing. The teachers participating in the project will develop specific competences which are necessary for the successful implementation of research projects and the integration of transferable skills in students' daily activity. Moreover, the introduction of the Europe 2020 targets into the school program can be seen as an enrichment for the educational institutions by adopting methods of analysis and practical questions in normal teaching and extra-curricular activities. The project can also be considered as the consolidation and strengthening of long-term partnerships among the schools involved.
Furthermore, we plan to meet social and/or economic actors of the partner region. In this way, those participating in the project will be able to gain first-hand insights on the issue of unemployment all across Europe. The information provided in these meetings will be used to elaborate the project's researches and activities.
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