The project targets the guidance and counseling sector with the purpose to increase their understanding and knowledge about social disadvantaged groups and increase this particular group participation in life long learning.
The project targets the guidance and counseling sector with the purpose to increase their understanding and knowledge about social disadvantaged groups and thereof consequently increase this particular group participation in life long learning. These individuals face a variety of obstacle that generally evolve from loss of function, dependency on others, restricted choices, physical and social barriers and undesirable reactions of others. The vocational training world is no exception, because here these individuals face unintentional barriers created by the providers due to their insufficient knowledge and understanding about the group. The result in that this group is denied access to life long learning (LLL), a situation which is clearly against the priorities established in 2002 on active citizenship, social inclusion and personal development and undoubtedly indicates that an effective guidance provision is much needed.
The objective of the project is to influence this negative trend by collecting and capturing the concrete experiences from the guidance and counselling sector as well as the disadvantaged target groups in order to generate knowledge and concrete examples so a methodology can be developed to counteract their exclusion from lifelong learning.
The following socially disadvantaged groups will be included:
- Older unemployed individuals
- Immigrant women
- Ethnic minorities
- Disadvantaged young people
- Disabled people
- Young unemployed individuals
- Long-term unemployed individuals
This will be possible by the diversity of the partners that will create rich bases for co-operation and mutual learning. Each partner will develop a national work group, which includes important actors in this field that will analyze and provide feedback about the ongoing results. The project will provide the basis for the development of strategies to combat the unintentional discrimination and it will help promoting a social dialogue and understanding at the guidance and counselling level by its effective valorisation strategy, for example; 160-220 individuals in the guidance and counseling sector will receive training based on the outcome of the project. If the guidance counsellors have the right knowledge about this group, then they will be able to guide them in the right direction as well as influencing training and vocational facilitators to see the needs of this group, which consequently will increase the disadvantaged group representation in LLL and decrease their attrition rate. To carry out an effort to counteract the negative situation today is an important priority that goes in conjunction with the established priorities by the European Commission. This signify that the project focus on the necessities of the disadvantaged European citizens and consequently the needs of the user organizations by its structure of representative partners across Europe, which is a main focus in the Copenhagen declaration.
FOLKUNIVERSITETET (Sweden) is the coordinator,
with the following partners
NIRAS Konsulenterne a/s (Denmark)
DANMARKS PÆDAGOGISKE UNIVERSITET (Denmark)
IRFA SUD (France)
PRISM RESEARCH AND CONSULTING SARL (Luxemburg)
CARPATHIAN FOUNDATION ROMANIA (Romania)
CAREERS EUROPE (United Kingdom)
October 2006 – September 2008
Martin Persson, Ingmarie Rohdin