Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Description of the Project

The idea of this project, "Journeys Outline Youth - J.O.Y.", came from  the statistic data furnished by CE, where we have learned that the rate of early school breakdown in UE is slowly increasing. Almost 11% considering young people (aged 18-24) in the EU were early school and education leavers in 2015, in other words having completed only a lower secondary education and not being in further education or training in the last four weeks preceding the survey.

The project "Journeys Outline Youth-J.O.Y." constitutes the outcome of the discussions between the representatives of each partner school, debates which focused on the following fields: increasing the quality of teaching- learning process through international collaboration projects; reducing the early school dropout for the pupils who are at risk; increasing both pupils’ and teachers’ motivation for foreign language learning; using the modern technology as an engine of increasing the efficacy of teaching- learning process by the mean of the active teaching methods.

The partner schools come from different regions of Europe, being at a different socio-economical level of development, but having a high degree of awareness regarding the role of school and out-of-school education in developing the spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship for the becoming workforce in the European area.

The challenge our schools are invited to answer to nowadays is to identify innovative approaches to address their target groups, offering, for example: more and more attractive educational and formation programs, being at the same time in accordance to each character’s needs and expectations, using participatory approaches and methodologies based on information and communication technology; offering new and improved processes of recognizing and validating competences; an increased efficacy of the activities in the benefit of the local community; new or improved ways of meeting the needs of disadvantaged groups and to face the socio-linguistic or cultural diversity, thus being capable of gaining the European linguistic etiquette, which is awarded for  very good skills in learning-teaching foreign languages; new approaches regarding the geographical and socio-economic differences of the learning outcome.
These needs are the results of the researches made in all our partner schools. The main aim of the  "Journeys Outline Youth-J.O.Y." project is to find solutions for a proper and efficient approach of the above mentioned challenges, all these through a good international collaboration.   

The aim of the project, J.O.Y., is to reduce the early school dropout, by using some modern teaching strategies, so as all the students to be able to access education, including those with learning difficulties, in order to be included in the European labor market.
Our project, J.O.Y.  intends to find methods and ways of: reducing these phenomena; of increasing the level of integration; of having a better understanding and capacity to react to social, linguistic and cultural diversity; of having a more understanding attitude towards European project and values; of increasing the motivation and satisfaction degree in daily activities – all these by having a good international cooperation, communication and collaboration. Using interactive  map and eGuide will set and strenght local identity and cultural youth county and will foster the sense of belonging to their local region, and, in large sense national and European identity,

The objectives of the partnership:

  • to reduce the level of early school leaving with 0,5% during the school years 2017-2019, by developing social, civic, intercultural, media literacy and critical thinking competences, all these by using the active methods of learning and teaching, based on TIC.
  • to increase the motivation for learning by creating a positive learning climate; by stating the objectives of learning; by organizing the teaching-learning resources; by realizing a balance between the intellectual and emotional learning components, so as to reduce the risk of early school leaving.
  • to improve the access to education system, all pupils' participation and the learning performances, especially of those children, coming from disadvantaged groups ( with learning and studying difficulties) through studying exchanges, good practice examples among the schools participating in the partnership.
  • To encourage educational exchanges in order to increase the quality of education inside and outside partner schools by promoting performances, innovation and a European dimension in the educational system and practice;

All participants, both children and tutors will be beneficiaries of project activities. Cooperation will be an intensive and fruitful one, as the project will also allow the exchange of practices among teachers from different countries, and will promote new working methods. The project results will be an opportunity for personal and professional development.