UP2B Project – Successfully APPROVED!

BrainLog team with great pleasure would like to announce the successful approval of UP2B Project under Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership School Education, developed by our partner from Portugal - Apload Lda.

The UP2B partnership has identified a certain amount of needs placed at the School level. In fact, the partners jointly participated in previous direct experiences which allowed them to realize two major trends within the “School of today”, strongly related to each other:

- Old methodologies, when exhaustively applied by teachers today, directly lead to students’ demotivation and to early school leave (dropout/abandonment);
- Once out of the School system, being it at an earlier stage, being it after compulsory school completion, youngsters necessarily need to engage into the Labour Market, or, otherwise they will become NEETs – Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training. NEET rates are a fast growing phenomenon in the EU, posing great challenges and representing severe consequences for social cohesion and social progress.

The School model as we knew it for centuries has definitely changed. New technologies changed society as a whole being the effects permanent at a double level: they are permanent because older models will not return and they are permanent because they are permanently occurring, as technological development grows faster and faster. Children and youngsters do not learn based on the same methodologies as before: simple expositive methodologies are losing ground and becoming less and less effective; the ‘teacher’s’ role model and the teacher’s knowledge is questioned at all times by the society but also by the students, and sometimes not in the most appropriate way. It is common nowadays that students perform a simple google search, which may not always return the most accurate or in-depth results, but will be enough to make them question the teacher’s knowledge and to easily gain new, and sometimes wrong, ideas and information about the studying subjects. This simple fact shows how there is already a shift on the teacher’s role: beyond transmitting knowledge, the teacher must nowadays become also a counsellor, a guide or a mentor within a never-ending world of information and available possibilities. His/her role is more and more linked with the wide concept of ‘Education’, rather than with most restrictive concepts of the past, based on the simple transmission of knowledge.

The UP2B partnership has identified a certain amount of needs placed at the School level. In fact, the partners jointly participated in previous direct experiences which allowed them to realize two major trends within the “School of today”, strongly related to each other:
- Old methodologies, when exhaustively applied by teachers today, directly lead to students’ demotivation and to early school leave (dropout/abandonment);
- Once out of the School system, being it at an earlier stage, being it after compulsory school completion, youngsters necessarily need to engage into the Labour Market, or, otherwise they will become NEETs – Neither in Employment nor in Education and Training. NEET rates are a fast growing phenomenon in the EU, posing great challenges and representing severe consequences for social cohesion and social progress.

The most recent Eurostat figures concerning the transition from Education to work show how from the age of 15 years old to the age of 20 years old (that is to say a short jump from the teenage to the early adult age) there is an evolution of the NEET’s rate growing from approximately 5% to more than 15% - the triple - this trend occurring at least for the last decade. When converting percentages into absolute numbers, the Eurostat reports mention: [in the EU, in 2017] “There were almost 16 million young people aged 20–34 who were neither in employment nor in education and training” (same source as the previous link). In a different perspective, if we look at the 28 EU Member States, we may see how this figure is quite an equivalent number to the entire population of the Netherlands and, if combined altogether, the 16 million would only entirely fit in one of the biggest 7 EU countries in population (Poland, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Romania and Germany) all the remaining 21 Member States not having enough population to fit such an impressive number!

Alongside with this growing social scourge, the UP2B partnership’s needs analysis returned two very interesting aspects which directly entails with the phenomenon: 1st aspect: school teachers permanently search for supporting pedagogical tools to upkeep their classes and fight the recurrent demotivation in the classroom; many times, finding themselves totally out of relevant solutions, they proceed without one, being themselves also demotivated and not only the students; 2nd aspect: when looking for a job, youngsters, who are early school leavers or who decided not to engage into tertiary levels of education, have no idea about what they want or what they can really do as a job: they know only a few or almost nothing about the labour market, they are totally unfamiliar with careers, they totally miss any job’s requirements, they never heard before of a significant number of professional occupations, in short, they are not prepared at all to face their new life out of school. With this aspects, comes frustration, anger against the school system they had just dropped out and, many times, total apathy, directly leading to NEET situations.

The main objectives of the project are:
• To enhance school attractiveness to both students and teachers, diminishing rates of early school leaving near students and the rates of demotivation and absence near students and teachers;
• To facilitate the transition between School Education and VET Education;
• To facilitate the transition between School and the Labour Market;
• To increase the sense of citizenship near school students by generating awareness about the labour market and its wide range of possibilities.