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VOGUI - Vocational Guidance Program based on Non-Formal Education
Start date: Feb 2, 2015, End date: Sep 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

VOGUI consists of an innovative solution to our community’s social needs and our contribution to the achievement of the objectives of the strategy Europe 2020. As our communities present concerning school dropout rates and reduced youth employability, it is notable a devaluation of education and an unconscious selection of educational path, based exclusively on their familiarity with a few professions. It is also noticeable that youth does not foresees studying in Europe, as they are not motivated to it nor find credible and organized information about it on the internet. So, we established as main objective for this project to create and implement a new vocational guiding (VG), based on non formal education, able to provide youth knowledge and competences to build a responsible educational path, aware of their own skills and the European formative and working range of options. We also aim to create an online platform with the university courses in Europe, which will be an important tool to European youth define their educational future. Therefore, we foresee the participation of 2 groups of participants. On one hand, 8 youth workers and psychologists from Portugal and Bulgaria that will be in a joint training for 5 days, in Portugal, about non formal education, Youth Pass and the pedagogic manual created to develop VG with non-formal learning methods. On the other hand, 80 young people, aged 14-20, from Águeda (Portugal) and Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). They will experience the methodologies created and a job shadowing activity, which will provide them information and guidance for 10 months (weekly sessions) to decide about their future. Therefore, the methodology of this project is based on non formal learning, peer learning, sharing information, team building activities, civil society involvement and practical experience on a profession. Main activities: a) Creation of a pedagogic manual to Vocational Guidance based on non formal education. b) Joint training for youth workers and Psychologists from Portugal and Bulgaria to develop the methodology created with young people from our local communities; c) Vocational Guidance based on non-formal education in Agueda and Stara Zagora with 80 young people – Every session will have energizers, group building activities, reflection on the personal learning and the session development. Youth will also hear testimonies from regional professional on their personal experience and the labor market, participate in vocational screening and job shadowing activities; d) Creation of an online platform in English that has information on university courses in Europe, scholarships and bank loans for youth; e) Implementation of Fair of Formative offer in Agueda and Stara Zagora, open to all community, with information on universities and secondary schools; f) Seminar of Good Practices in each community – it will focused on the pedagogic manual developed and its target group is national associations, youth workers, educative actors, schools, institutions that may adopt this methodology with youth; Therefore, VOGUI foresees as its great impact in a long run the orientation of European youth in their decision of conscious formative path, made possible both by sharing the pedagogic manual in PT, BG and EN in open educative resources and by creating an online platform of European educative offer. Simultaneously, we expect the awareness of European social and educative actors on the permeability of non formal education in formal contexts, by presenting to them strategies thought to promote the development of competences in VG. In relation to specific results, we predict the decline of school dropout rates and the awareness of our communities to the importance of establishing a conscious formative path to economic growth. We also foresee that, by the end of this project, 80 young people will feel motivated to enroll in higher education and design the idea of studying and working in Europe. Mainly, we aspire to help the improvement of VG by enriching vocational screening with activities that aim to develop social and personal competences and European citizenship in youth.

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