Final conference: EU Round table – Skills for the Future of Youth work – 13 November 2019

Comanity Octubre CongresoSave the date! The project’s final conference will take place in Brussels on the 13th of November 2019, organised by the Lifelong Learning Platform with the support of the project partners. It will tackle the European common challenge of building youth workers’ competences to better reach out and engage disadvantaged youth in local communities.

15% of European youth is a NEET, that is one out of six young people not in employment, education, or training. It even go up to 30% in some EU countries. While formal education has difficulty in finding solutions for these target groups, non-formal education stakeholders achieve great results in providing training and leisure activities for young people, hence enhancing their social inclusion

Youth workers and volunteers in the youth field play a key role in reaching and engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, professionalisation and training offer is very often insufficient and inconsistent depending on the regional area. Overall, across Europe, it remains fragmented and that it is missing connections with more formal qualifications. Talking about competences, experiences, and volunteering or professional status, the issue of recognition is also important.

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Successful development of the multiplier events of the BeOld project

BeOld ev.mult 2.10.2019On September 23rd and 30th, Documenta held two informative meetings to present the BeOld project.

The events, in which took part different representatives of associations and entities in Cantabria, were held at Centro Cultural Eureka and Espacio Joven of the City Hall of Santander.

Both days, the attendees were able to get to know the aims, materials and results of this project that Documenta has been carrying out in Cantabria for two years. Also, when the presentations of the different phases of the project were over, there was a debate on the most important issues, especially on the improvement of the policies aimed at raising awareness on ageism and helping improving the work conditions of older workers.

The BeOld project aims to improve social inclusion of senior workers through the usage of innovative learning tools, improving their possibilities of personal and professional development. Moreover, the project aims to raise awareness on ageism and discrimination based on age in the workplace, as well as to create workplace conditions that are fit for the workers’ age.

The Community Animateurs training starts within the COMANITY project

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Documenta started on September 4th the Community Animateur Foundation Course, within the COMANITY project whose main beneficiaries are young people at risk of exclusion or who feel at the margins of the system.

Workers and youth volunteers of Amica, La Columbeta, 14 Kilómetros, Padre Meni, Aplec (inclusion + equality) and Agentes de la Calle participate in the training workshops of the Community Animateur Foundation Course. At the end of the course they will acquire the skills and competences needed to become a successful Community Animateur and they will put them in practice through a Participatory Action Research carried out together with young people. The different actions will be shared in the Comanity Hub, a meeting point and learning inclusive environment for the different organisations and youth workers from other countries and the partners of the Comanity project.

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StepUp2ICT. The Multiplier event in Spain

StepUpMEesOn the 19th September took place at the CEPA Escuelas Verdes (Adult Education Centre Escuelas Verdes) in Santander a seminar to disseminate the StepUp2ICT project and its results.

The agenda of the session also included information on the European Framework for Digital Competences of Educators and learning activities using open digital tools.

The StepUp2ICT online course, the OERs available on the web of the project and the StepUp Community were other topics addressed.

Participants showed their interest on how to improve the teaching/learning process using TICs and also noted the barriers they could prevent a proper implementation of ICT in adult education process, from the difficulties from learners to the own lack of ICT skills of some trainers.

The methodology and the results of the project were well valued by the participants, some of the feedback pointed out the usefulness of the tools and express their interest in deepen on the open resources.