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multi-stakeholders NETwORks prevent early school leaving and reduce NEETs promoting innovative integrated education techniques
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“NET-OR-NEET – multi-stakeholders NETwORks prevent early school leaving and reduce NEETs promoting innovative integrated education techniques" is an Erasmus plus project of Mobility for youth workers, that will take place in Sandrigo (Vicenza - Italy), in which Cooperativa Margherita gives its primarily commitment. The project is rooted in the previous project “T-TRUST” which allowed understanding, which are the causes of Early School Leaving (ESL) also according recent analyses at EU level. We identified them in: families frailty; presence of situations of psychological, social and cultural distress; mismatch between the methodologies used in formal education systems and the needs of minors/youth; the poor attention for the development of social and relational skills; the changes in the labour market and the inadequacy and scarcity of alternative routes and support networks for those excluded from formal education by choice or by chance. We also understood that children at risk of ESL are generally identifiable by schools between 11 and 14 and prevention could start at this point with positive effects.From this analysis, the project partners decided to:* Act to foster the creation of new networks in support of children and youth between organizations active in the youth field and other stakeholders at different levels (involving schools, social services, SMEs, etc.)* Promote the adoption of new methodologies in youth organizations and schools, which integrate non-formal education instruments and the dialogue with external actors.* Spread information about ESL and continue in researching about the issue. These main objectives will contribute to prevent ESL specifically during (and after) the transition of pupils from the middle to the high school (11-14 age group) and they will be achieved through two activities. One in September, the other in November 2016.* A contact-making event (2 days) involving one representative for each partner organization. Here, after verifying the spaces for the activities/lab of the second activity, the network model used by Cooperativa Margherita will be identified/studied and all the organizations will start networking activities in their countries. * A seminar (5 days). It will involve 40 participants and will provide them with a mix of theoretical and practical participatory activities, which will support their professional development while promoting the creation of new synergies and collaborations. Fostering the exchange of good practices too. The methodology used will value the contribution of each participant and the learning through the analysis of real cases.The participants will be “educators” coming from 8 countries (France, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Poland, Italy) where for educators we intend all those different professional and non-professional figures working with and in support of young pupils. The main expected result is that the competences acquired by participants will translate in the creation of local and international networks of stakeholders and institutions working to prevent ESL through the integration of formal education with non-formal education techniques and methodologies is one of the main expected results of the project. This putting the basis for further projects aimed at developing and testing new working methodologies connecting organizations and institutions at different levels. The project will benefit firstly participants but at the same time, Cooperativa Margherita and all the partners will have the possibility to improve the ways of operating towards children and youth creating new synergies and increasing their capacity to operate at the EU/international level. While the final impacts of the project will reach and benefit youth and minors, which are at risk of ESL and with whom the partners of the project work, and especially those with disadvantages and who are marginalized.Moreover, according to the Programme, the project will also enhance the international dimension of youth activities developing solidarity and promoting tolerance among young people by enhancing active citizenship and social cohesion as well as boosting the connections between Europe and the territories involved.We are aware that participants can play a key-role in broadcasting and amplifying the effects of the project and our biggest hope is that the content and the policies resulting from it may reach local, regional and national authorities of the partners involved, and at the EU level, promoting the improvement and innovation of the educational system.

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