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Aims of the Project

BE THE CHANGE wants to develop a methodology capable to promote entrepreneurship competences and skills, through intergenerational learning, based on non-formal and informal education approach, with the goal to trigger entrepreneurial attitude among NEET by the sharing of knowledge with elderly people. Moreover the project wants to provide guidelines and recommendation on how to valorize, evaluate and recognize the acquired skills through non-formal and informal path.

Ageing is recognized as today and tomorrow challenge, by 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in the number of over 80s. Elderly people represents a very important source of know how and experience gained through their working as well as personal life, which is a stake that is worth to be shared with other generations. The aim is to valorize this know how and do not waste it, since it represents the starting point for the positive improvement and possibility to change for the young people. NEETs today in Europe account 14 milion people – the 15,4% of the population – between 15 and 30 years old are not working or studying or doing a traineeship for many and different reasons.

The project  aims at designing a model to test how well the medium of intergenerational learning, fostered by experiential learning and by analytical, simulative, relational and narrative techniques, can lend itself to becoming an effective tool for defining new training and learning models to develop entrepreneurship in non-formal and informal contexts.

Targets: Older People over their 50s with a background in managerial roles and positions, entrepreneurs, as well as all those that developed through their life a significant entrepreneurial attitude both as hard skills and soft skills.

NEETs will acquire skills in entrepreneurial attitude both soft and hard, they will start their re-integration in the social environment from a professional and personal point of view.

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Methodology

The project methodology is based on a “learning by doing” approach, case study analysis, project work, role playing, focus group as well as all other interactive procedures most commonly used in non formal education, so that both older and young people will make the most out of the learning experience. Non-formal education is notably recognized, in fact, as the most effective way to trigger those attitudes typical of the entrepreneurial spirit.

The project therefore is based on the methodology of non formal education since it aims to improve achievements in relevant  and  high-level transversal competences, notably entrepreneurship. In this respect, key skills and competences represent fundamental means to achieve ‘community cohesion, based on democracy, mutual understanding, respect for diversity and active citizenship’, as well as essential tools for ‘personal fulfilment and happiness’ (European Commission, 2010, New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now. A report by the Expert Group on New Skills for New Jobs prepared for the European Commission, p. 11).

Background

By 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in the number of over 80s. Elderly people represents a very important source of know how and experience gained through their working as well as personal life, which is a stake that is worth to be shared with other generations. The aim is to valorize this know how and do not waste it, since it represents the starting point for the positive improvement and possibility to change for the other target group: NEETs. The reason of the focus to NEETs  is due to the fact that they are a substantial population in Europe. As of today 14 million people – the 15,4% of the population –  between 15 and 30 years old are not working or studying or doing a traineeship for many and different reasons. According to the EUROFOUND report issued on the 25 June 2015 ” Young people and ‘NEETs'”, the profile of those people is characterized by some keywords: UNAVAILABLE, DISADVANTAGED, OPPORTUNITY SEECKERS, VOLUNTARY NEETS and CONVENTIONALLY UNEMPLOYED.

It is estimated that NEETs costs around 150 million €  to our economy which is around the 1,2% of our GDP. Therefore today a very high number of young europeans are considered a problem rather than a resource. BE THE CHANGE on the basis of the objectives and situation described above, at last, wants to create a methodology and tools capable to connect this two parts of the population, older people and NEETs, to bridge the gap and facilitate the exchange of experiences that can help both groups in their personal and working life.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Open educational resources for entrepreneurship through intergenerational learning
  2. Framework analysis based on the collection of Good Practices of intergenerational learning and of interviews to entrepreneurs 50+ (“Seniors” hereafter) and young people 20-25 years old not employed or in formal education pathways (“NEETs” hereafter) for understanding their educational needs
  3. Design of the training tools, contents and materials for Seniors and for NEETs.
  4. Tools for the Open Educational Resources
  5. Construction of the e-learning platform containing open and free access modules translated in the partnership languages.
  6. Training to Seniors and to NEETs: pilot phase.
  7. Assessment of competencies through “ad hoc” tools (questionnaires and interviews).
  8. Guidelines for a strategy of recognition of non-formal and informal competences acquired through the training
  9. Handbook containing adaptation of European non-formal education validation procedures to the methodology developed in BE THE CHANGE PROJECT and recommendations for stakeholders who want to use the BE THE CHANGE methodology.