Erasmus+ Programme, European Commission (Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for youth)
Angélica Reis Monteiro, Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE), Faculty of Psychology and Intervention in Education of the University of Porto (FPCEUP), Portugal
CIIE/FPCEUP, Portugal (Coord.)
APLOAD Lda, Portugal
Høgskolen i Innlandet, Norway
Sdrudzenie Znam I Moga (Know and Can Association), Bulgaria
Orta Karadeniz Kalkinma Ajansi (OKA), Turkey
CIIE/FPCEUP research team
Angélica Reis Monteiro (PI)
Sofia Marques da Silva
Rita Barros (Postdoctoral research fellow)
Elsa Guedes Teixeira
Leanete Thomas Dotta
Start date 1-1-2020, end date 31-12-2021
MINDtheGaps aims to contribute to the promotion of equal opportunities to young people in vulnerable situations, including those living in residential care institutions, to develop media literacy, digital inclusion and critical thinking and, therefore, conditions to live and participate on the information society and to access the labour market (social inclusion).
MINDtheGaps uses a participatory intervention based on programming training and multimedia open educational resources development to empower young people to develop media literacy, critical thinking and to be able to share knowledge and collaboratively solve problems in partnership with young people from other European countries, in a non-formal context. This means that the project is in line with the New European Youth Policy (2019-2027) since it will develop new and innovative ways to achieve the priorities that are set out in national and EU policy: ENGAGE, CONNECT and EMPOWER young people through innovation, quality and recognition of youth work.
The general objective unfolds in the following objectives:
The primary target group will involve 100 young people aged between 15-18 years old in risk of exclusion, including NEETs facing educational difficulties, learning difficulties, early school-leavers, low qualified adults, young people with poor school performance, economic obstacles, cultural differences. This target-group was selected because they are facing the transition from the teenage to the early adult age; some of them have equated an eventual school drop-out, which will require them to look for a job, in order to avoid NEET situations.
The project's deliveries, namely an innovative practices handbook, online education resources, assessment/testing materials and distance learning platform, are intended to be used and adapted in other educational and training contexts, both formal and informal, ensuring project sustainability and long-term impact. The end-users are schools communities/residential care institution staff (school as an institution: managers, administrative staff, education counsellors, parents, surrounding communities, students – from 12 to 16 years old – and teachers).
MINDtheGaps impact envisage is to contribute to develop innovative practices at both partners’ countries and EU level to guarantee “the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable [everyone] to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market” (European Pillar of Social Rights, 2017). They are also in sync with the targets of Europe 2020 Agenda, namely at the educational level, contributing to a decrease of early school leaving and to diminish the levels of people in or at risk of poverty/social exclusion and the number of NEETs.