Fight against early school leaving thanks to non-formal education
Project period: september 2018 – february 2021
Target group: direct target audience: secondary school teachers and members of the educational community at large
Indirect target audience: students
Coordinator: Pistes Solidaires (France)
Partners of the project: Rosa Parks College (France), Gulbene Municipality (Latvia), Centro per lo Sviluppo creativo Danilo Dolci (Italy), Istituto superiore “Duca Abruzzi – Libera Grassi” (Italy), Know and Can association (Bulgaria), 119 secondary school “Academician Mihail Arnaudov” (Bulgaria), University College Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)
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The project in short
The DROP’IN project aims at preventing Early School Leaving (ESL) by building on the relationship between teachers and pupils and introducing non-formal education methods within a formal system, such as school, with the aim of motivating students and making them protagonists in their learning process. The relationship between teacher and pupil as the strongest conditioning factor of school commitment and achievement of objectives. DROP’IN, for this reason, makes teachers the main participants in an exchange of experiences and skills allowing to find new solutions and strategies to address ESL and prevent it.
The main objectives of the project is :
– To create an innovative approach by taking advantage of the complementary use of formal and non-formal education methods to combat early school leaving.
– To train teachers on non-formal education techniques and methods to be used in the classroom with their students
– To motivate and support students and make them protagonists of their learning path
– To introduce non-formal methods in schools through cross-sectorial collaboration between organisations, universities and public institutions and municipalities.
The results expected under DROP’IN are numerous and follow a precise logic in order to have the highest possible impact on the target audiences.
1. Research integrating focus groups to provide an overview of the state of play on early school leaving in the partner countries, an overview of good practices, initiatives carried out in the field to respond to them, and the needs of teachers
→ Quantitative and qualitative research on early school leaving
2. A catalogue of resources containing more than 30 non-formal education methods that can be used in the formal education sector in the form of reusable activity sheets
3. A 5-day training programme to accompany teachers in carrying out non-formal education activities and discovering active and participatory practices in their workprofessional
4. An online portfolio of experiments carried out in schools allowing teachers to publicize the activities implemented and their impact.
5. A document drafted following the experimentation, containing the main results and conclusions of the project carried out and also containing recommendations (policy paper)