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So You Have A Degree
Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Obtaining a degree or diploma is almost a prerequisite for our youth today and the ability to freely move to other countries to study has allowed our youth to obtain education from almost any university in the world. However having a degree does not guarantee employment. As a matter of fact on of the factors that create large amounts of unemployment is that fact that so many people have degrees in the same fields. Another issue of concern is that not all universities are recognised with the same respect in different countries. Some universities are so well known that simply having a degree from that university cold secure employment but then we realise that these universities also happen to be the most expensive thus not accessible to all.Our projects aims to look at education and the value of education, meaning the value of when we come back to our country and the value associated with the chances of finding employment with that degree or diploma. We have seen that young people follow fashionable educational choices and we want to evaluate this to help young people make more informed choices regarding education so that they are more employable after their education. Giving them the tools to understand the markets before they start their studies and to make more informed choices.The main issues covered during this youth exchange is youth unemployment and finding ways to prevent the unemployment problem for youth by giving them the tools to understand future markets and current markets to make more informed choices of education. We will look at educational facilities and how their degrees are received in our countries and how we can understand the impact of our educational choices. We will also look at other methods to increase skills and competences of young people to increase their employability. The project will allow the young people to exchange knowledge and experiences to help each other prepare for the labour markets. The profile of the participants is vital for this project and we will select the participants best for the project but at the same time giving priority to those who are disadvantaged.In order to achieve these goals the activities foreseen for the project use non-formal and informal methodologies. Very importantly we will need to establish a trust between the participants so that they can openly discuss the issues and problems in each of their communities. These discussions will give the youth more confidence, especially when seeing that youth from other countries are facing the same problems. Open debates will allow the youth to express their personal viewpoints of different matters and to justify them through discussions. This will also allow for others to gain knowledge based on the experiences of others.Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for intercultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the different youth to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the youth to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways of showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are often opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating. Using all the above tools and methodologies the youth learn through fun activities which are real, but are within a safe environment allowing them to learn from each other, make mistakes which can be corrected through discussions and not put themselves at risk. In real life when making these choices the results could be dangerous but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.As a result we hope to give our youth the tools and knowledge to make more informed choices with regard to education and to allow them to better understand labour market, trends and increase their employability.They will also be able to identify problems with their peers and help them by giving them guidance and support when it is needed. We hope that the information gained during this project is shared within all the communities and especially with the youth of these communities. In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exc
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