Why? Project Aims

Integration through Inspirations

Non - formal education as a tool of the equalization of opportunities for youth at risk of social exclusion” is the answer to one of the major challenges that contemporary Europe has been facing - the fight against unemployment and social exclusion of young people. Assumptions of the Europe 2020 strategy clearly indicate the priority step aimed at improvement of the situation of young people, which is the reduction of early school leaving. Research shows that there are several factors affecting the premature leaving from the education system: poverty, lack of employment, low cultural and social capital, lack of educational aspirations in an environment of growing residence as well as limited access to institutions that are a potential source of the support.

In addition to schools, institutions which are directly or indirectly involved in the process of equalization of opportunities for young people facing the risk of social exclusion are public aid institutions. Lack of modern standards of work, institutional barriers and limited access of the personnel to courses of professional qualifications result in an inadequacy of support offered by the above mentioned institutions to the present needs. As a result, support for families facing the risk of the social exclusion is reduced only to financial assistance.

The experience of organisations involved in the partnership, indicates that an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of public support institutions in the context of combating social exclusion of young people is the use of non-formal education methods. Learning through practice and experience is one of the most important tool in fostering young people's sense of self-awareness, motivation and responsibility for their own career and educational choices.

Our aims

The main aim of the project is to increase the level of social integration of young people faced with the risk of social exclusion through widespread application of methods of non-formal education in public support institutions.

    The specific objectives of the project are:
  • Increase the professional competence of the professionals in the field of use of non-formal education methods in working with young people faced with the risk of the social exclusion in the period from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017.
  • Preparation of a new form of support addressed to young people at the risk of the social exclusion by adapting the methods and techniques used in non-formal education to the conditions and practices of public support institutions in the period from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017.

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