Partners of the ERASMUS+ project Joint Efforts to Combat School Dropouts met last week in Västernorrland for a seminar and workshop on ways to help early school leavers to re-enter the education system. 55 participants from the partner organisations and from different organisations from the region attended the event. Partners from Östfold (NO), Hampshire (UK), Barcelona (ES), Tulcea (RO) and Västernorrland (SE) shared their experience and the solutions they have implemented in their regions. Solutions include for instance professional guidance and training, coaching, as well as re-motivation and self-appreciation methods to help youth rebuild confidence and trust.
A series of study visits and interviews allowed to go deeper in the analysis of common denominators between regions.
The project is now in its final year and aims at developing tools, which can be transferable. The social, economic or administrative situation being different in each region, it is not enough to merely present different practices. In order to produce recommendations which can be useful for all regions, partners identify the elements of success of their own experience. The challenge of a toolbox is then to define how generic or how specific recommendations should be. This is what the partners are now working on, until the final conference, which will take place in Hampshire on 21-22 June 2015. The outputs of the project will then be used within the AER working group on school dropouts.
Photos of the event are published on the AER facebook page