The Quality Active Ageing project aims will be achieved over a 30 month period through the seven partners each hosting a short-term joint staff training event, developing collaborative networks/ approaches and the creation of a Good Practice Guide on How Learning Contributes to Active Ageing.

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valitsVALidating Informal Transversal Skills of young workers in seasonal tourism
Project number: 2016-1-ES01-KA202-025068
Implementation period: 01.12.2016 – 30.11.2018

Project description: The issue of seasonality in tourism has long been a source of concern expressed in EU publications and it is feared that the intense concentration of touristic activities in a relatively short period of time “may have dramatic negative impact on local economies for the whole year” (Ecorys, 2013).

The main objective of the VALITS project is to help young seasonal workers break the cycle of high season activity followed by low season unemployment. This will happen by creating a tool for validating their informal transversal skills which include key competences such as language skills, interpersonal skills, customer service and organizational skills and that have been gained through their informal and non-formal work experience and learning.

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International training in Sofia, Bulgaria, within the project ForProve Theatre was held from 7th to 11thNovember 2016.  It included youth workers from all partner countries; those are Poland, Spain, Lithuania, Croatia, Italy and Bulgaria. During the theoretical lectures and practical workshops, they became acquainted with the new innovative method the ForProve Theatre. Additionally, they have learnt how to implement this new method in their work in order to stimulate youth entrepreneurship and the way to use the project materials to exploit its’ full potential.

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Because of the economic crisis, which has arisen in 2008, we are today facing a global challenge of youth unemployment. Due to difficulties in gaining a foothold in the labour market, young people are now the group at highest risk of social exclusion in Europe.

In contemporary societies engagement in the labour market and education represents not only a possibility for accumulating human, social and economic capital, but also an access to a number of activities, which all influence an individual’s skills, abilities and social standing. On the contrary, young people who are disengaged from the labour market and education are therefore more likely to be excluded from relationships and social networks created in the work or educational environment. Such exclusion often results in psychological distress, such as loneliness, feeling powerless or useless, anxiety and even depression.

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As an answer to the increasing number of early school leavers, many countries in the EU have developed Second Chance education programs in order to reintegrate children and youths in schools so that they can obtain minimum qualifications. Children enrolled in Second Chance programs are mostly underqualified early-school leavers, who have difficult access to employment and often lack basic social skills to adequately integrate into the society, thus making them more vulnerable and exposed to abuse, exploitation and mistreatment.

Many of these children and youths have migrant background (children on the move) which makes them especially vulnerable. Therefore there is an immediate need to develop inclusion programs and adequate teaching methodologies to encourage migrant children to stay enrolled in education programs and lower their marginalisation.

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QAA aims are to enhance the provision and quality of learning opportunities for seniors through like minded partners coming together to showcase their current provision, provide a forum for new ideas, identify and promote good practice. It is important, increased longevity is coupled with quality of life through active ageing and steps are taken to ensure through healthy living that older citizens remain independent as long as possible and contribute to society. Remaining active can reduce the likelihood of dementia (which is an increasing concern across Europe) and other health conditions.

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The third partner meeting for ForProve Theatre Project was held on the 5th and 6th of December 2016 in Split, Croatia.

Tha partners discussed the workshop which was held in Sofia and the participants' feedback for it. The other topics that were discussed were the  ForProve Guide and the preparation of its final version. Another important topic that was discussed wa the Visual Guide which will be used as a practical addition to the Guide for educators working with young people.

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