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Early school leavers (ESL) and persons having dropped-out of school are among the main target groups facing the risk of marginalization, mainly by having fewer opportunities of entering the labour market not only because of their low level of typical skills, but also for psychosocial reasons related to having dropped out of school. On the other hand, digital technologies are key drivers of innovation, growth and job creation. Even though ICT and social media are utilized also by low-skilled and lowqualified adults, they tend to demonstrate a lower level of understanding of the broader implications that their online activity has on their professional life. It should be also mentioned that vocational training programmes for unemployed adults tend to focus on developing certain “basic” ICT skills, which usually include the use of a personal computer and how to use the most commonly used software packages, without focusing on more “advanced” skills, like the use of social media.

In this regard, the overall objective of this project is to maximise the impact and contribution of alternative education or other equivalent institutions for adult education both in terms of increasing the quality of courses provided and also in facilitating the access of their attendants to the labour market through developing media literacy competences and digital skills for job search purposes.

  • To enhance media literacy competences and digital skills of adults having dropped out of the education system and attending alternative educational institutions through innovative learning tools;
• To encourage educators in alternative education or other equivalent institutions for adults to extend their media literacy and digital skills by understanding their significance and contribution to the advancement of the learners, both from an educational and a professional scope of view;
• To attract adults having dropped out of school to complete their secondary education by attending alternative educational institutions for adults through effective outreach strategy
 

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Number: 2019-1-TR01-KA204-075635
Programme: ERASMUS+; KA2-Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; KA204- Strategic partnership for adult education
Duration: 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2021
Partners:
BESIKTAS ILCE MILLI EGITIM
MUDURLUGU - Turkey;
SYMPLEXIS – Greece;
DIE BERATER
UNTERNEHMENSBERATUN
GS GESELLSCHAFT MBH – Austria;
KNOW AND CAN ASSOCIATION - Bulgaria;
MAGENTA CONSULTORIA
PROJECTS SL - Spain;
AB CALISMALARI MERKEZI
DERNEGI – Turkey;

 

The emergency situation related to the coronavirus created additional challenges in the implementation of the ALTER project. Instead of a face to face partnership meeting on June 30, an online one was held. The economic consequences of the pandemic have yet to be assessed and analyzed, but the sharp rise in unemployment is a fact. Now that the first signs of recovery are in place and the labor market is intensifying, the project's target group is at a disadvantage. Adults who do not have enough skills to take advantage of the new ways of applying for a job preferred by employers. Many of the representatives of the target group, due to their early dropping out of the education system do not have the necessary knowledge and skills to take advantage of modern job search tools, often fall into the trap of misleading ads or find it difficult to present to the employer the skills they possess.

The ALTER project unexpectedly faced a new challenge. On the one hand, the sharp increase in the number of unemployed is related to the Corona virus, a social isolation that, which in addition to the negative consequences for most people, provides additional time for self-study.

This topic, as well as a discussion about the development of the project were the subject of an online meeting between the partners in early June.

On February 6 and 7, 2020, the first ALTER - Alternative Safety Net meeting was held in Athens.
The dynamics of modern life have forced many people to interrupt their education at different stages. The reasons can be many and varied and are the subject of study in the initial phase of the project, which aims not only to combat the consequences but also to advise on the prevention in formal education. And the consequences can be summed up in the absence of basic knowledge and skills with subsequent difficult realization on the labor market, social exclusion low self esteem depression.

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