The AER Committee 3 Working group on early school drop outs met in Arnhem, Gerderland (NL) on 07 November to share good practices on this very topical issue.
AER members partner to create operational tools
After summing up the activities and achievements of the working group until end of 2014, Ilona Novak (Västernorrland, SE) informed members of the working group that the Erasmus+ project “Joint Efforts To Combat Dropout” which had been submitted in Spring 2014 for co-financing had been accepted and started its work with the kick-off meeting in Sundsvall (Västernorrland, SE) in September 2014.
The project is a direct product of the working group and the ambition is to create constant exchanges and links between the two entities in order to multiply the impacts of the project beyond the project consortium. The common aim is to improve policy making to combat early school dropouts. The project brings together the following regions: Västernorrland (SE), Tulcea (RO), Østfold (NO) and Catalonia (ES).
The project aims at:
- developing a toolbox of successful methodologies and practices to combat dropouts;
- developing a permanent network of actors and stakeholders in the regions;
- contributing to future policy developments in the regions through shared knowledge and experiences of the partners;
- increasing the knowledge of the target groups to handle dropouts and thus creating long-term effects.
After the project presentation the working group discussed how to link the AER working group to the EU project in order to enhance the efficiency of both through collaboration.
During the working group meeting the members shared best practices from East Sweden Region in the Swedish Plug-In project to combat early school leaving, and discussed the next milestone: Intervention measures.
Pictures of this meeting are available on the AER facebook page