New Tools for Learning in Adult age – NEver TOO LAte is a 32-month project (October 2019- May 2022).
The project is developed in 6 European countries: Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Germany. These are countries countries affected by: general progressive impoverishment due to economic-socio-cultural crises occurred over time; political issues related to the lack of measures favouring the processes of integration and inclusion of people in marginal or deprived conditions; high unemployment rate mostly affecting young people, women and people poorly qualified or unqualified; strong incoming migration flows from countries afflicted by poverty and conflict.
In this project, the priority addressed is social inclusion. In particular, the project aims to:
a) Develop tools to encourage young people and adults with poor or no schooling, EU and non-EU citizens, to improve and/or develop their functional literacy, numeracy and digital skills; to increase the ability to learn how to learn; to improve social and citizenship skills, such as the ability to act as responsible citizens and to participate fully in civic and social life.
The project aims to involve 200 young people aged 16-30 with a particular focus on: poorly or not literate adults with a high risk of socio-cultural marginalization and with limited access to citizenship rights; applicants/holders of international protection; women at risk of exclusion and/or victims of trafficking and sexual/labor exploitation, beneficiaries of protection measures; unaccompanied foreign minors no longer subject to compulsory schooling (over 16); youngsters and adults of Roma ethnicity, both male and female.
b) Provide methodological tools to 80 professionals in basic and citizenship education for adults, identified by partners among trainers, educators, teachers, cultural linguistic mediators.
Four Multiplier events are planned in 4 of the partner countries (Spain, Greece, Germany, Italy) to disseminate intellectual property and recommendations.
To achieve its goals, NEver Too LAte will produce 3 intellectual outputs:
- Comparative Research analysing methodologies and positive experiences in partner countries (Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Greece) in the project field of interest;
- “MyDigital FlipBooks” Multimedia Library for the use of professionals, to support young people and vulnerable adults in lifelong learning paths;
- A Basic Learning Platform compatible with all digital devices and aimed at motivating young people and adults to complete learning paths to basic education and citizenship skills.
Expected outcomes are:
- Increased number of adults and young people, EU and non-EU, with poor or no schooling, motivated to develop/improve functional literacy, numeracy, digital, social and citizenship skills according to their social inclusion needs and aspiration;
- Improved abilities of professionals in motivating the project target groups to learn and enhance their skills;
- Effective awareness orientation , and motivation to learn strategies implemented at the community level for the benefit of particularly vulnerable non-literate people.
The Macro phases of the project are:
• PREPARATION AND IMPLEMENTATION (Lead partner DEDALUS)
• MONITORING AND EVALUATION (Lead partner Studio Erresse and VHC Wien)
• DISSEMINATION (Lead partner VHS CHAM).
• COMMUNICATION (Lead partner STUDIO ERRESSE)
Legal entities participating in NEver TOO LAte are representative of 6 European countries: Italy, Greece,Germany Austria, Spain and Portugal.
Project coordinator is DEDALUS (IT), a social cooperative actively engaged in the promotion of inclusive services and paths targeting minors, young people and adults, both EU and foreign.
The partners are:
STUDIO ERRESSE (IT) a cooperative company expert in monitoring, evaluation and consultancy for third sector entities; and research, orientation and skill assessment;
DAFNI KEK (GR) an institutions with strong experience in educational activities, particularly in digital skills learning, life skills and soft skills;
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS (GR) institution expert in the design of innovative digital technologies for learning;
VHS CHAM (D) involved in training for women (migrants and refugees) especially in the field of digital and linguistic skills development (English, German);
VHS WIEN (A) institution working in the field of professional training and social research;
CLUBE (PT) non-profit organization operating in Portugal in the fields of youth, education, training and employment;
UHU (ES) public university in Huelva which manages Erasmus + mobility projects for students and professors and participates in several Erasmus Mundus projects.