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Surviving the 21rst Century
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As we advance in this world we discover that our world is becoming more competitive and this is especially apparent when it comes to employment. We will look at education and our approach to it, how we decide on what to study and the outcomes of these studies. We will look at employment across the globe and where we stand as youth and where we will be tomorrow. We will look at how youth can prepare for the future and be ready to deal with the future jobs that might arise. We will look at various tools provided by the EU such as EVS and how youth can take advantage of these to help them get better guidance for their future educational choices. We will examine different jobs and how these are needed to allow a society to survive. 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 cultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the participants 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 participants to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways showing problems. Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are 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 participants learn through informal and non-formal methodologies which are real and based on past experiences. As a result we hope to give our participants and our youth the tools to increase their chances of employment and also prepare them for the education and as a result for the future. We will help them to take advantage of various EU tools to be able to maximise their learning outcomes and ultimately help youth workers to help youth find employment. In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exchange cultures and traditions and learn about the different cultures from the different countries allowing for better understanding of each other and therefore creating a more unified EU, fighting xenophobia and also discrimination. Our youth experience extreme competition from a very early age, sometimes even before they have the ability to think for themselves. Preschools today have requirements, primary and secondary schools are becoming more and more exclusive and before they know it they are competing in a brutal world simply to be able to survive. Our youth are trying so hard to be ready for today, but how many of them look at tomorrow? We have seen that many young people find themselves studying for something because it will offer a great career but when they complete their studies they find themselves at the end of a very long unemployment line. Our project aims to look at these problems, especially focusing on the educational choices that youth have, and more specifically the process and methods used by youth to decide what they will study. We hope to be able to give them the incite to be able to research the employment market either in their country or in the country they wish to work in, before they choose a study path so that they can maximise their chances of finding employment after they complete their studies. We looked at future jobs, and how these might interest youth, and we compared global markets to European markets, taking trends of stronger countries and seeing how our own countries are following these trends. We went to the past and tried to learn from our parents and grandparents trying to see if we can prepare ourselves for the future. We explored each of our markets and ourselves, trying to find our place in the employment market making sure that our educational choices give us the skills, knowledge and tools needed to find employment in the future.
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