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School of Active Citizens
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"School of Active Citizens" is a project of 33 months duration coordinated by YUPI organization in Famalicão, Portugal, in close partnership with other portuguese partner (Agrupamento de Escolas de Gondifelos), Poland (Semper Avanti), Slovakia (Agentura Pre Rozvoj Gemera and Sukromé gymnazium) and Romania (asociatia feedback PM-Brasov and Colegiul Tehnic Transilvania Brasov), for a total number of 1700 young pupils and more then 140 youth workers and teachers in the 4 European countries involved (140 teachers and youth workers and over 60 students will have the chance to engage in international learning experiences). The partners are schools and non governmental organizations already experienced in working in close cooperation for a better integrated system of education for young people, combining formal and non formal learning. "School of Active Citizens" aims at contributing to the recognition of the importance of cooperation between non formal and formal education systems in order to offer the young pupils a more integrated education and allow more adequate strategies to integrate young people in the society. The partners are coming from disadvantaged areas of their countries, where geographical, social and economic obstacles are conditioning the development of young people and the mobility experience for learning, especially for young girls. The three topics chosen by the partners for the local activities in close cooperation between the non formal and formal sectors are 1) gender equality and inclusion of young people with diverse cultural background; 2)entrepreneur citizenship and sense of initiative for the community and 3)local governance and participation of young people in decision making. These topics are channels on how to involve young pupils in activities supported by youth workers and teachers inside classrooms and schools.Our main goal is to create an international network of partners interested and cooperating for the recognition of combining non formal and formal educational for a more comprehensive education alternative for young pupils, therefore contributing for a better development of the local community. We act at different levels to achieve this goal: local activities under the three topics, coordinators meetings, staff training events for youth workers and teachers, long term mobility for youth workers and short term exchanges of groups of pupils and a final international seminar to disseminate the outcomes and output presentations, as well as Youth & Participation tours in all countries involved to reach a higher number of local partners interested in mainstreaming the tools.The outputs created during the implementation and closure stage of this project are: a publication with results of the research on "School with gender bias - a methodology to evaluate my school", a pedagogical toolkit about local governance and decision making in society, a referential of training (an online course) for teachers and school staff on the three topics (for the short term joint staff events), a training course for summer camp animators in all countries, a methodology to implement participatory school budgets (pilot and mainstreaming). All these tools will allow the improvement of quality of practices from all professionals involved and also contribute to the sustainability of this project after the funding ends and the dissemination of results towards other interested partners.
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