The PREDIS consortium organized the first multiplier events during September 2016 – February 2017. The aim was to make PREDIS results known to a broad audience of practitioners and at the same time, capture the perspectives of external stakeholders: representatives of vocational education from surrounding areas, school leadership, decision makers in the area of vocational education, representatives of Roma and migrant associations, VET trainers, teachers, etc.
Multiplier Event in Germany
The Multiplier Event in Germany took place at the department of Political Science of the Leibniz University Hannover on 05, November 2016. The ME comprised of vocational educationists, teachers and experts from the field of vocational education. PREDIS results from the needs analysis were presented with a specific focus on the German context and comparative analysis of challenges and good practices for dropout prevention in partner countries. Participants mainly focused on own role in implementing changes or the individual level of praxis whereby following issues emerged as key concerns and areas of growth: (1) the lack and need for acquisition of intercultural competencies from both the scientific perspective and practical everyday praxis level of vocational training and general teaching; (2) the multifaceted, multidimensional and obscure nature of the deficit approach as well as the need for concretizing this from theoretical and praxis levels in order to make it more identifiable and enable teachers and vocational educationists to overcome the deficit approach in their everyday practice; (3) the need for dialogue and exchange on the broader everyday in-classroom presenting challenges and the need for knowledge of societal resources and bodies where migrant trainees and learners can be linked for support in areas such as employment related pathways, career counselling, assessment, recognition of qualifications and validation of prior learning, training or professional experience (4) the need for everyday inclusive teaching strategies in curricular design for heterogeneous classrooms, connecting, engaging heterogeneous learners through social interaction; (5) the issue of language barriers and the need for more support structures. On the systemic level, the educational chains in Germany and the whole school approach were discussed with much interest. On the policy level, participants emphasized the need for sensitizing about and removing policy barriers to education, training and employment integration of migrant youngsters.
Multiplier Event in Romania
A multiplier event within the Project Erasmus + strategic partnership PREDIS – Prevention of Early Dropout of VET through Inclusive Strategies for Migrants and Roma - was held on 1st November 2016 at Pietroasa Hotel Buzau.
A total of 42 participants took part in the VET training and youth absorption in the labour market in Buzau County. Also present at the event were the mayor of Buzau city, experts on Roma people within the palace hall, a representative of the Roma people from the Institution of Prefect, the County Agency for Employment – AJOFM, a Buzau representative, managers of VET high schools in the city, as well as representatives supervising the implementation of European projects.
There was a presentation of the PREDIS Project, the needs analysis and the national report of Romania. This report emanated from both national and European statistical evaluations, from recent studies conducted by authorised institutions within the domain of education and social inclusion politics, and from the use of questionnaires in a survey of 30 high school pupils (80% of them being Roma people), 10 VET specialty trainers, 3 high schools, managers, several Roma people, and 1 school inspector whose responsibility will include the VET Training in Buzau School Inspectorate.
At the end of the activities, workshops were held as well as discussions with stakeholders which led to the presentation of interesting proposals aimed at reducing the school dropout rate with respect to the education of VET Roma pupils. 2 more MES were conducted in Buzua on Dec. 08. 2016 & March 09. 2017. All together attracting 118 stakeholders involving VET leadership, school inspectors, VET trainers, teachers, Representatives of Roma Associations, etc.
Multiplier Event in Slovenia
Multiplier event in Slovenia took place in Ljubljana on October 26, 2016. There were many presentations about the good practices regarding the prevention of dropouts among migrants and Roma from Ljubljana, Kočevje, Maribor and Murska Sobota. We had a special round table with the students of the Administrative secondary school in Ljubljana who presented the topic from their side and who described the important role that teachers and the inclusive atmosphere of the school have in the prevention of the drop out and the overall success of the students.
Multiplier Event in Italy
Multiplier Event in Italy, took place in Trento, on February 10, 2017, with a news release. The Multiplier event focused on presenting the results from the PREDIS Needs Analysis and good practices. Perspectives for successful learning in schools were highlighted. Workshops with the PREDIS and Space teaching and learning materials were offered. The event also included a debate and conclusion of the discussion.
Second Multiplier Events
The aim of the multiplier event was for networking and further application of PREDIS products at local, regional and national levels. The participants included mainly decision makers in the area of vocational education and leaders of professional development institutions. The mutliplier event presented results from the PREDIS Blended Learning Course. The handbook will be available for free downloading on the PREDIS Website after September 2018. Also to be available for free downloading from the PREDIS website is the PREDIS toolkit which is a more comprehensive version than the handbook.
Second Multiplier Event in Austria
The second Multiplier Event in Austria took place on May 16, 2018 in Vienna
Second Multiplier Event in Germany
The first part of the Second Multiplier Events in Germany took place in Freiburg on May 06. 2018. It included representatitives of migrants' organizations.
Second Multiplier Event in Romania
The second Multiplier Events in Rumania took place on May 24, 2018 in Buzau, Rumania.
Second Multiplier Event in Slovenia
The second Multiplier Event in Slovenia took place on May 10, 2018 in Ljubljana
Second Multiplier Event in Italy
The second multipliere event in Italy took place on 20. April, 2018 in Trento