After 3 years of hard and fruitful work, we are happy to present you the final versions of the products created within the DROP-IN project! The DROP'IN project aims to prevent early school leaving by starting from the relationship between teachers and pupils and introducing non-formal education methods within the school context with the aim of motivating students and making them protagonists of their learning process. The project makes teachers the main participants in an exchange of experiences and skills that allows finding new solutions and strategies to address the phenomenon of early school leaving and combat it.
Dropping out of school is a real social issue. More than 1 out of 10 young people in EU are school dropouts. Indeed, unemployment amongst young dropouts exceeds 40%. The EU has made the fight against dropping out one of its priorities and aims at reducing the drop-out rate to less than 10% by 2020.
This is what DROP’IN proposes: Formal and non-formal education must meet in order to fight against ESL and to motivate the pupils: creating an innovation by exploiting these two complementary environments. We mean by these motivating youngsters who dropped out, so they can go back to school and become again actor in their learning process.
In practical terms, this includes the introduction of non-formal methods in schools thanks to a partnership between associations, municipalities, universities, parents and schools where teachers and non-formal education experts lead innovation together and collaborate at each step of the project.
The transnational dimension of the project is essential: early school leaving is a reality in the partner countries where policies and experimentations are being implemented in order to reduce the ESL rate. The partnership allows an experimentation in various contexts to provide a suitable solution to European realities (rural environment, urban environment, migrant students ...)
Programme: ERASMUS+; KA2-Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; Strategic Partnerships for School Education
Period: 01.9.2018 – 28.02.2021
Know and Can Association, Bulgaria;
CSC DANILO DOLCI, Italy;
IS "DUCA ABRUZZI - LIBERO GRASSI"; Italy;
GULBENES NOVADA DOME, Latvia,
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LEUVEN, Belgium;
119 SECONDARY SCHOOL “ACADEMICIAN MIHAIL
COLLEGE ROSA PARKS, France
Dropping out of school is a real social issue. For youngsters the situation has major social and economic consequences. The reasons for dropping out are multiple and their explanations are not always to be found within schools. Rather, these are related to social and economic reasons, educational and behavioral reasons, ethno-cultural reasons, and finally labor market fluctuations. It is well established that in 2017 an average of 10.6 % of young people (aged 18-24) in the EU-28 were early leavers from education and training.
The Bulgarian multiplier was organized on 9th July 20201 in Ramada by Wyndham Sofia City Center. The event was attended by more than 50 teachers and educational experts from all around the country.
In addition to the detailed presentation of the project, the partners, the implemented activities and created products, the event was a priceless opportunity for a direct meeting with representatives of the target group (teachers, educational specialists, trainers and youth workers from Bulgaria) and a demonstration of the different types of materials and resources in the platform.
⏳ It's been three years since the start of one of our favorite projects - Drop'in! 🎉📢👏
Together with our partners from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Belgium and Latvia we have worked hard over the past 36 months to create educational products of the highest quality!📜📖📝
Now its time to say goodbye! It has been a pleasure to take part in this project!
If you missed any of the news or products on project Drop ' in, you can catch up using the short review of the events so far.
The implementation phase of the DROP’IN activities can be summarized as successful both for the teachers and the students involved in the activities. During the experimentation phase of DROP’IN, 25 teachers from France (5), Bulgaria (6), Latvia (7) and Italy (7) participated in the evaluation of the activities.
DROP’IN ACTION is an online portfolio addressed to teachers, showing the experiential phase of DROP’IN project in which teachers and students put into practice the methodologies and activities developed and included in the EDUC’ACTION catalogue. This phase was implemented in the school year 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, a period of time which includes the restrictions and social distancing rules due to the COVID-19 emergency, which has brought to a general lockdown in many European countries. The lockdown period led the project partners to a deep reflection on remote education and techniques to be used online.
The main aim behind DROP’IN project is to test the effectiveness of non-formal methods in learning about school subjects and transferring knowledge. DROP IN is in line with the recommendations of the EU working group on early school leaving, which states for example that “research shows that a caring relationship between teacher and student is the strongest factor in school attendance and success” while at the same time enhancing traditional teaching methods. But teachers today are facing new challenges and are seeing their role expanded to include supporting students. In order to help students to stay motivated, and therefore hooked, DROP IN proposes to support teachers in this mission by introducing and training them to the methods and techniques of non-formal education.