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Newsletter No. 1: April 11, 2016 

PREDIS - Prevention of dropout of VET through inclusive Strategies of Migrants and Roma

PREDIS, a new EU project which tackles the dropout of vocational education trainees has had its Kick-off at the Leibniz University of Hannover on March 22-23. The Project has been created in response to the European Union’s increasing concern over the educational achievement gap of youths and the consequent social-economic implications. According to the Europe Strategy for Development 2020, over six million youths between the age of 18 and 24 do not have a finished vocational education training (VET) or another secondary school. Consequently, these youths face major unemployment, which in turn influences the social and economic development of a country. Migrants and Roma are particularly impacted. At the same time, they face discrimination at the transition from general school to VET. The ET 2020 strategy now aims at reducing the dropout rate to below 10% by 2020.

The EU project PREDIS - Prevention of dropout of VET through inclusive strategies of migrants and Roma contributes to this goal and works from a double recognition of the untapped potential of migrant youths and the social costs of discrimination. Therefore, it will be implemented as a youth empowerment strategy, community building and pedagogical approach that will draw on empirical needs analysis, a review of successful models, research and evidence based practice. The central defining feature of the project is the integration of six key components namely: the societal political framework of Roma and migrants; current ways of inclusion of migrant and Roma trainees into the labour market; current ways of ensuring better transition into vocational education, youth empowerment; intercultural trainings and conflict management strategies as well as self-reflection.

The project will identify the root causes of the low achievement of migrant and Roma youths at risk and work to identify factors that can effectively prevent Roma and migrant youths from early school leaving. Within this framework, it will develop effective pedagogical approaches, innovative methods and background information for vocational educationists, trainers, teachers and other professionals involved in general and vocational education. The project’s approach will involve consultations with teachers, vocational trainers as well as experts and will build on existing knowledge and current approaches. The results of the project will be compiled in a PREDIS handbook made available online with specific modules and strategies to reduce the number of early school leaving amongst migrant youths while also enhancing societal and economic development. These future oriented activities will lay the ground work for enabling sustainable integration.

The project’s outcomes and actives will be implemented through a transnational consortium of six project partners including (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Inspectoratul Scolar Judetean Buzau, Liceul Tehnologic Economic Elina Matei Basarab, Znanstvenopaziskovalni Center Slovenske Akademije Znanosti in Umetnosti and Universita Degli Studi Di Trent). The project is coordinated by Professor Dr. Dirk Lange, Leibniz University of Hanover. PREDIS is funded with a total sum of Euros 330, 151, 50. The Official Start and End Date is September 2015 - September 2018

Disclaimer:

This project has been co-funded with the support of the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.