Education For Equity - Social, Linguistic and Cultural Inclusion

In line with the EU Vision 2020 this project aims to reduce the number of students who leave school without sufficient qualifications. The number of young people without completed secondary education has almost doubled in recent years. On an increasingly specialised and globalised labour market these young people face fierce competition and risk ending up either in low paid, unqualified work or experiencing long periods of unemployment. Evidence shows that a low level of education goes hand in hand with poor health, lower life expectancy, an under qualified workforce that is not fit for purpose and an underperforming economy.

Unemployment and exclusion among young adults are growing problems across Europe. Addressing the issue of early school leaving and its consequences is important on all levels – European, national, regional and individual.

This project is focusing on how we can develop educational methods and strategies that address lack of engagement and achievement in education of marginalised groups, specifically targeting children of immigrant families, students with low basic skills, “Gastarbeiter”-families and young people not in employment, education or training.

The project is aiming to develop programmes, teaching styles and methods to address:

  • why students leave school too early
  • what measures can reduce the number of drop-outs
  • what training and professional development is needed to be able to take these measures and
  • how schools, communities and the labour market can cooperate successfully.

A strategic partnership between organisations in England (AVCT), Germany (BWK) and Sweden (FBA) enables comparisons of different perspectives on these problems. All three partner organisations have competence and experience in working towards social, linguistic & cultural inclusion, and educational achievement for marginalised groups. However, additional knowledge is urgently required in the education systems in Germany, Sweden and the UK. In our efforts to offer informed and successful strategies to professionals in education in a broader sense, we need to develop, generalise and multiply new knowledge, teaching methodology and teaching styles and materials.

The objectives of the project are;

  • Mapping out and analyzing good practice in social, linguistic and cultural inclusion, with special attention given to immigrant children and young people not in employment, education or training
  • Developing innovative methodologies, which can be used to increase educational success for students, in school and/or vocational training, at risk of dropping out.
  • Producing guidelines for teachers on recruitment, support, methodology, teaching materials, case studies, etc.
  • Finding successful strategies that establish working links between schools, communities and employers.
  • Producing in-service training activities for professionals in education
  • Creating a network of partner organisations that continues to exchange and develop best practice in this field.
  • Setting up a digital platform for information and communication during and after the project. The platform will become a sustainable dissemination tool for the outcome of the project. It will also function as a forum for professional discussions open to other organisations within the EU. The digital platform also has the function of a learning platform for the multipliers.