Again-st Abandon

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Again-st Abandon (Again students – Against students’ abandon) is a transnational project carried out by organisations representing Italy, France, Latvia, Spain and United Kingdom, co-financed by the European Programme Leonardo da Vinci.

The project refers to the high drop-out rates within secondary and further education, and aims at supporting the re-integration and qualification of young people who have left the Educational System, are at risk of social exclusion and unemployment and do not easily approach or benefit from counselling and guidance services.

To cope with the phenomenon of education abandon in general, means to encourage the return to School in order to assure to all young leavers the opportunity to enter the labour market with a proper professional qualification, by promoting the integration between the formal, non-formal and informal learning.

Even though during last years policies and strategies have been identified and have been also realised considerable financial placements, the school leaving phenomenon has to be assumed as “structural” in the most part of European countries, as it has spread too much if considered within the frame of a socio-economic system that grounds its competitiveness on knowledge.

By using methods related to the action-research, Again-st Abandon will plan, realise and experiment communication tools that operators of counselling and guidance services would use to support and guide the re-integration process of young dropouts within the education formal path and put in practice counselling, empowerment and training target-oriented actions.

The innovation of Again-st Abandon stands in the hypothesis that there are divergences among the communication codes adopted by teachers, trainers and counsellors and the ones used by dropouts. As a result, the actual non-communication among parts does not allow, on one hand, dropouts to express needs and difficulties in due time to avoid their school leaving, on the other hand, teachers and counsellors to make dropouts understand the advantages related to the permanency in the education path or to the reintegration in the formal system.

The most part of the policies aimed at coping with the phenomenon have faced the difficulty to meet this target group as it tends to disappear inside contexts characterised by the black economy or social and cultural decay.

Again-st Abandon will suggest the way to “catch” young dropouts and re-motivate them to interact with local services and organizations, starting from the realisation of didactic and informative tools, addressed to operators, based on the transferring and adapting of communication codes and channels, usually adopted in non formal and informal contexts, to agencies formally involved in educational and employment systems and services.

During the following two years AGAIN-ST ABANDON will:
– discover the places where dropouts gather;
– compare the logistic and organizational features of this places with the ones of school and training centres;
– identify the margins to reduce the weakness points related to the availability of the training offer;
– work out tools to improve the communication between learning facilitators and dropout;
– work out tools and products to transfer to operators the best and effective ways to offer the product school/training/counselling.
During the following two years AGAIN-ST ABANDON will product:

A Handbook for counselling and guidance operators (IT, EN, FR) including:
a Territorial Data Recording System;
grids and protocols for carrying out individual and collective guidance and counselling interviews;
a DVD including libraries of simulations focused on interviewing methods
prototypes of informative tools (graphic sketches, scripts, key spots, posters, depliants, brochures)
an Advertising Plan on the theme of school abandon.

Partner:

– Stoà – Istituto per la Direzione e Gestione di impresa S.c.p.A.
– Ce.Ri.S. – Centro Ricerche Sociali S.c.a.r.l.
– CISL Regionale Campania
– Generalitat De Catalunya – Departament d’Ensenyament, Dirrecció General de Formació Professional
– Gruppo-Korus
– La Cité des Métiers des “Côtes d’Armor”
– Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia – Centre for Curriculum Development and Examination (Lettonia)
– Studio Staff
– Sviluppo & Competenze, SV&CO S.r.l.
– TOUCAN-EUROPE