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Share-to-Know Partnership
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Feb 28, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Share-to-Know Partnership will improve access to learning for young people furthest from the labour market by advancing non-formal education, specifically peer-to-peer learning. This innovative approach is of particular value in engaging individuals at risk of long-term unemployment, for example, those with a negative experience of education and the large numbers of young Europeans who are NEET. The partnership has the following specific objectives: 1: to create an online platform for sharing best practice among peer-to-peer education specialists and engage stakeholders from youth work, formal education and employment sectors from across Europe via this platform in order to increase understanding of the effectiveness of peer-to-peer education 2: to develop effective and engaging pedagogical methods for structuring employment-related peer-to-peer-learning courses for young people 3: to develop effective methods for engaging NEET young people in peer-to-peer-education 4: to create the ‘Share-to-Know Network’ of European expert practitioners in peer-to-peer learning in order to support the adoption of effective methods and online open education resources in peer-to-peer learning courses for NEET young people 5: to improve impact measurement and evaluation techniques for peer-to-peer education initiatives 6: to develop effective recognition/accreditation tools for informal learning achievements The partnership consists of 3 organisations from the formal education, informal education and youth work sectors, with significant expertise in implementing employment-related peer-to-peer courses with NEET young people. In the course of the project, the partnership will come together for 6 transnational meetings featuring expert exchanges between partnership members and external stakeholders on peer-to-peer education methods, youth engagement methods, building partnerships with employers, locally accepted accreditation tools, impact measurement and sustainable business models. During the transnational meetings innovative methods in these areas will be identified and integrated via a real-world prototyping process into the ongoing learning operations of the partners, in order to test and evaluate their transferability and effectiveness. Following an editing and feedback process involving external stakeholders, the evaluation reports on the prototypes will be collated into the peer-to-peer education practitioners manual. Based on the current participants of the partner organisations, it is expected that of the 240 young learners, participating in the prototypes, at least 200 will be NEET. Alongside the prototyping schedule, the partnership will initiate and build up the Share-to-Know Network. During the 6 planned multiplier events, at least 270 representatives of peer-to-peer education practitioners and stakeholders from youth work organisations, informal and formal education providers, education policy makers and employer-representatives from across Europe, and in particular from countries with high youth unemployment and rates of NEET young people, will be engaged. A larger group of European stakeholders will be engaged via the Share-to-Know website, Network-newsletters, social media channels and the 5 webinars during the transnational meetings. The partnership will produce a range of good practice guidance and innovative tools on all areas vital to the implementation of peer-to-peer education with NEET young people. The topics will be the engagement of NEET young people in peer-to-peer education, effective peer-to-peer education methods in employment-related courses, locally accepted accreditation and partnerships with employers, effective impact measurement for peer-to-peer education and a collection of case studies on sustainable business models for peer-to-peer education initiatives. The partnership will also create the online Share-to-Know website as a publishing and networking platform for relevant resources, news, online learning events (webinars) and networking opportunities from the partnership as well as external stakeholders. All engaged stakeholders who are already practicing peer-to-peer education or are interested in engaging with it, will be invited to join the Share-to-Know Network, which will help disseminate good practice, connect stakeholders from across Europe and raise the profile of peer-to-peer education. Expected impacts are an increase in the number of NEET young people engaged in education or training, improved quality of employment-related peer-to-peer education provision for NEET young people, an increase in online and offline peer-to-peer education courses offered for this target group, better networking amongst peer-to-peer education practitioners, heightened awareness and recognition of the peer-to-peer education approach and its accreditation amongst education policy makers, employers and formal education providers.
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