Presentazione del Progetto
Il progetto intende promuovere l’utilizzo degli Open Badges per la professionalizzazione degli operatori giovanili e la convalida delle loro competenze nel sostegno alla mobilità e all’apprendimento non formale dei giovani.
Le competenze richieste agli operatori giovanili rappresentano un tema importante per la Commissione Europea. La Strategia Europea per i Giovani (2009) sottolinea l’esigenza di “dotare gli operatori giovanili di competenze professionali e promuovere il loro riconoscimento attraverso strumenti europei appropriati (Europass, EQF, ECVET)".
La Risoluzione di Bruxelles 2010 sull’animazione giovanile invita la Commissione a sviluppare “strumenti per la documentazione delle competenze degli operatori e gli animatori giovanili, allo scopo di meglio riconoscere e valutare la qualità del lavoro con i giovani in Europa”.
Le Conclusioni del Consiglio sul contributo della qualità dell’animazione giovanile allo sviluppo, il benessere e l’inclusione sociale dei giovani (2013) sottolinea l’importanza del lavoro svolto con i giovani e l’esigenza di sistemi di valutazione “appropriati”.
Tali sistemi possono essere di supporto alle organizzazioni, i programmi e le attività giovanili, migliorandone la capacità organizzativa e l’efficacia, e fornendo chiarezza al pubblico rispetto all’offerta e l’impatto dell’animazione giovanile.
La Raccomandazione del Consiglio del 20 Dicembre 2012 sulla convalida dell’apprendimento informale e non formale (2012/C 398/01) supporta lo sviluppo di strumenti innovativi per l’individuazione, la documentazione e il riconoscimento dell’apprendimento informale e non formale.
La Comunicazione della Commissione “Opening up Education: Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational resources” (SWD(2013) 341 final) invitava le organizzazioni attive nel settore dell’istruzione e della formazione ad approfondire in che modo strumenti già consolidati o emergenti per il riconoscimento delle competenze, quali gli 'open badges', potessero essere adattati per rispondere alle esigenze degli operatori giovanili.
I MOBs si basano sui principi della “gamification”, ovvero l'utilizzo di elementi utilizzati nei giochi e nelle tecniche di game design in contesti educativi e di lavoro, al fine di migliorare il coinvolgimento e l’apprendimento dell’utente.
Prima di presentare il progetto, i partner coinvolti hanno realizzato uno studio approfondito delle esigenze. La scelta di presentare un progetto sull’utilizzo dei MOBs per riconoscere e convalidare le conoscenze pratiche degli operatori giovanili nasce dalla diretta esperienza dei partner e dall’analisi della documentazione prodotta dalla Commissione Europea.
Ricerche documentali hanno confermato che esiste un reale interesse sui MOBs, ma scarsa diffusione. Le organizzazioni giovanili possono utilizzare il MOB per il riconoscimento dell’apprendimento basato sull’esperienza (ad esempio la padronanza di compiti specifici, lo sviluppo di competenze trasversali, il tutoraggio tra pari a sostegno della propria formazione, etc.); gli operatori giovanili lo possono utilizzare per dimostrare con facilità le proprie competenze.
I MOBs possono provenire da fonti diverse ed essere conservati in uno “zainetto” virtuale.
Le organizzazioni partner del progetto (EN)
Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. (JKPeV) – GERMANY
The Organization was founded in 2004 with the aim of providing opportunities for young people to develop and use their soft and professional skills and stimulate their creativity and entrepreneurial skills through non-formal learning methods.
Located in Dresden, Germany, JKPeV is dedicated to promoting the EU citizenship and active participation of its citizens. use their soft and professional skills and stimulate their creativity and entrepreneurial skills through non-formal learning methods.
We organise international Projects, Events and Trainings for young people and adults on site and abroad with a focus on assisting the cultural enrichment of the city of Dresden and the Free State of Saxony while also promoting the cultural diversity of the European Union. Inviting foreign educators and including foreign participants to our on-site projects kindles an intercultural dialogue in the heart of an already highly acclaimed artistic hub -Dresden- while on the other hand, including local citizens in our abroad events brings back to the city a fresh outlook to familiar problems and a sense of belonging to a greater group –the European.
EduMobY (Educational Mobility for Youth) – ITALY
The organization is a not-for-profit social enterprise, born in 2012 and active in the field of transnational mobility for education.
EduMobY, with the support of institutional, national and international partners, has achieved a significant experience in the sector of traineeships abroad for young people, so to improve their life skills.
Starting from projects implemented in Europe with the Leonardo da Vinci community programme, through the SafariJob project (Ministry of Youth, Youth National Agency and INPS), EduMobY has developed an innovative training path, helping young people to develop skills and knowledge they need in a working and social context abroad. Such skills are strongly required in the job market (national and European), but not easily acquired through the usual education-training process on a regional/national level. The standard model developed by EduMobY refers to the management of training experiences, with a duration of 20/24 weeks, in a country abroad.
The programme is based on a training integrated pathway developed before and after the experience abroad. It comprises a guidance, training and valuing activity of the experience abroad, in order to reinforce the occupability opportunities for the participant. Specifically, the activities are: - an information/guidance day, to help participants make a more informed choice of the field and destination abroad; - a residential training seminar before the departure to give an overview of the experience abroad; - after the experience, a residential evaluation seminar; - after the evaluation seminar, a further session for a career’s coaching to help the participants develop a professional path in the short, medium and long term. We are certified UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 for the EA: 37 e 39 sectors - UNI EN 14804:2005 for “Language and training courses in Italy and abroad” Sector EA. Into all the activities carried out so far we have been involving on the transnational mobility around 500 youngsters.
Go Europe - SPAIN
The European Intercultural Association Go Europe was founded in Valencia with the aim of promoting an international spirit aligned with the common European cultural objectives.
The association relies on a staff of 5 professionals among which project managers, professional trainers, youth workers and experts in entrepreneurial education, graphic design and web development. Go Europe operates in Valencia, the third biggest city of Spain with nearly 1.5 million inhabitant and the biggest port of the Mediterranean western coasts. It is a well-known multicultural context since historically the dominion of Romans and so Christians has been alternated with the conquest by the Muslim, also followed by the French dynasty of Bourbons.
Go Europe promotes the intercultural dialogue, exchange of knowledge and European awareness through the active participation of young people, organizations and companies, in projects involving mobility, entrepreneurial education, professional and personal growth. Nonetheless the Association is closely linked and collaborates with various public and private entities at national and international level, among which Youth Councils, Higher Education Schools, Universities, VET providers, Municipalities and organizations working with youth, professional education as well as on topics of social inclusion.
Our goal is to promote lifelong learning and initiatives of transnational mobility especially addressed to youth learners and professionals, with the ultimate vision of developing innovation by sharing knowledge and fostering strategic collaborations among partners all over Europe and thus contribute actively to the development of a European Area of Skills and Qualifications. Finally the association provides non formal education trainings focused on boosting transversal skills, above all entrepreneurial, digital, creativity and language learning in order to increase their employability as well as self-employment potential of its youth audience.
Zemgale NGO Centre - Latvia
Zemgale NGO Centre has been established in 1998 with the aim to promote civic society development. Currently the organization is a resource center for more than 600 NGOs (non-profit organizations) and 4.000 information network users. Regular activities are consultations on fundraising for public beneficiary measures, information, education & technical assistance for non-profit organizations.
Zemgale NGO Centre is also a language training center for the Latvian, English, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian and French languages. It develops youth support measures, offering youth exchanges, participation in the local organizations as volunteers or traineeships opportunities for students, international voluntary service, local youth initiatives.
The Centre is currently the most experienced NGO in the Zemgale region with more than 200 projects implemented. In December 2014, the organization has been awarded by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science as the most experienced youth organization.