Educational Agreement as a Response to School Dropout "EARS"

SISERA Greece, in the context of its engagement with European Programs, participates as a partner to the European Project Erasmus+ KA220 “Educational Agreement as a Response to School-Dropout”. The project has a total duration of 36 months, beginning from 1-12-2021 until 1-12-2024 (no.agr 2021-1-IT02-KA220-SCH-000032619

About The Project

EARS is an anti-school dropout European project which aims to produce a set of different procedures that can be actively implemented at the single school level. The project duration is 36 months and concerns many young people from various backgrounds living in rural and remote areas and facing social-economic difficulties but also people with fewer opportunities, including people with disabilities, migrants, or any other potential source of discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. Its high social inclusive character will not only improve the quality of the expected research but will also create a strong base between partners and participants which will allow a better implementation and further integration of the project results in a European level. The groups involved in the project are consisted by teachers, auxiliary and administrative school staff as well as students of primary and secondary education.

Project's Objectives

Co-design of a common action protocol between the partnering entities, summarizing and improving the single regional practices already in place.

This “improved” protocol will create room for improvement in the existing procedures but also will generate initiatives and new activities which will aim to offer first and second level guidance and information services to all piloting school users, as well as counselling and psycho-pedagogical support services enhanced by a digital profiling tool to inform, raise awareness and contrast drop-outs and potential drop-outs.

Improve the effectiveness of the digital profiling tools to inform about life and career possibilities within and outside the target group’s territory.

The creation and validation of a functioning prototype will be the successive outcome of a full year of the project’s piloting, implementation and digital work, including a long observation phase, in order to build a profiling tool that actually meets the needs of the target groups included.

Training of teachers and administrative staff

regarding different procedures, tools and competences required to closely follow up on high risk students, based on the three pillars of the program: Learn the future Local and EU Labor-Market Family Involvement Materialization of stimulating workplace environments as well as widespread interventions, in the form of seminars / workshops.

To advocate the results in dialogue with major sectoral stakeholders, promoting it at a European level

Partner's Organizations

  • FONDAZIONE SAN GIUSEPPE CFP C.E.S.T.A. (E10114561 – Italy)
  • GEMEENTE ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH (E10140739 – Netherlands)
  • TIRANTES (E10141027 – Netherlands)
  • ASOCIATIA EDULIFELONG (E10100612 – Romania)
  • DANMAR COMPUTERS SP ZOO (E10057580 – Poland)

Expected Results

The project foresees the realization of an anti-dropout protocol produced and shared among the EARS partners, stemming from a contextual adaptation of procedures, tools and competences needed by teachers and education providers to contrast early school leaving. The propaedeutic identification and standardization of common solutions, actionable at the school-level will be the core of the co-design work.

The project foresees the realization of an “EARS Digital Guidance Tool” co-designed and shared among the stakeholders. The shared platform will host career and education orientation, informative materials responsive to the TG user by tailoring the pathways and using step-by-step questionnaires and interactive material leading to the informative static and/or A/V materials according to the TG user’s current situation, expectations and desires for future employment options.

The objective of the R.3 is to comparatively analyze the situation of school dispersion in European Countries and proceed to tackle this issue in a holistic approach. The main aims of the study are to examine the theoretical background on whether and how social inequalities are reflected in the school dispersion, whether the education system can overcome these distinctions by developing certain central educational policies, what are the effective practices of tackling the phenomenon of school dispersion and by which innovative supporting methods.

R.4 is a 3-months, intensive work session related to the production of a scheme for the application of the program in schools, and especially to the engagement of teachers and administrative staff in pilot schools. The design of the training material will follow ECVET guidelines and standards.

The program will be executed based on the results of the protocol and developed training strategies to bridge education and career pathways as a result of a know-how exchange between partners. The pilot will be actuated as a timetabled series of events, study visits, structured workshops and unilateral info days, leaning on the three pillars of the program: 1. Learn the Future; 2. Local and EU Labor- Market; 3. Family Involvement.

The activity foresees the involvement of a younger target group in an anti-dropout program, tailored at experimenting methods to connect with students in an early stage, targeting the 11-14 years old age range. The delivery of the micro-pilot will be based on results and faults of the Pilot Anti-dropout Program 1-Y execution, as analyzed and co-reviewed by the EARS Research Unit after the first iteration of the activities. The experimental activity will address the matter of school dropout prevention based on observation of the effects at a younger age. This will contribute and have a desirable impact on highlighting and decreasing the signs of early school leaving.

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On 24/3 and 25/3 the first transnational meeting (kick off) took place, for the project EARS-Educational Agreement as a Response to School Dropout, in Ferrara Italy. These two days marked the beginning of the project activities and created a productive atmosphere for all the partners to collaboratively contribute into a fruitful outcome.. The kick-off meeting took place at the Town Hall of Copparo and launched with a short musical accompaniment held by the pupils of the territory. The opening speech from the Mayor of Copparo, in the presence of some entrepreneurs and local stakeholders, emphasized the vital role of the Project into the modern ways of living. The presence of journalists and the following press conference made sure to spread the EARS project through the main local newspapers.

Short presentations from each partner organization gave the opportunity to all the participants to have a clear view on how every organization can fully engage to the project accordingly to their field of interest. Subsequently according to the Agenda of the meeting the partner’s discussed the different processes of the project and agreed on several matters and important decisions regarding the utilization of the outputs. The next day the consortium finalized the Gantt Chart and also concluded to the logo of the project. After productive dialogue, a general idea on how this project is going to be executed was clear to all the partners and everything was ready to begin with the implementation of the activities.