PREDIS ENGAGES THE COMMUNITY OF DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS
Through stakeholder engagement and Multiplier Events, consortium partners promote PREDIS goals and objectives which tackle early school leaving through inclusive strategies of migrants and Roma. Early school leaving is a societal issue which cannot be addressed by vulnerable youngsters and their families alone. Migrants and Roma youngsters confront structural and individual discrimination. Due to these barriers, they are disproportionately affected by dropout from vocational training and unemployment. Addressing the broad range of causes requires engaging the broad sectors of the community from the local, municipals and federal levels. PREDIS works with the community, school leadesrhip and decision makers in education and vocational training. Through this, a better understanding of the complex causes is faciliated and more inclusive policies and broad based measures can be formulated. At the same time, inclusive national curricula can be designed.
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.
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.
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.
In-Classroom Training and Evaluation
PREDIS is developing the Blended Learning Course (BLK) which is a mixture of inclassroom training and 9 months online activities mainly targeting teachers, VET trainers, representatives of migrant associations and employment agencies. All PREDIS products will be evaluated and modified several times. Teachers experience and evaluate the PREDIS innovative professional development program delivered through presentation of key aspects in different partner nations. The interactive course setting allows for exchange of experiences and perspectives along with reflective exercise and activities which provide the opportunity for experiencing practical application. Participants' perspectives will be integrated for the further modification of the PREDIS Blended Learning Course. At the end of the five-day training, participants are invited to participate in the 9-months online Blended Learning Course to expand their experience of the in-classroom training.