The background to this project is the current situation regarding youth unemployment in Europe. One in five young people on the labour market in the European Union is unemployed today. The obvious reason for this problem had been the financial crisis. But there are also factors such as lack of entrepreneurial, language and intercultural skills, mismatching on the labour market, not understanding how to be a part of the whole European labour market, and the ability to promote oneself by exploring different ways of both regarding work and study. In our project we seek to minimize and overcome these obstacles and therefore contribute to a more dynamic and flexible labour market where youth unemployment will decrease. All the partners involved in this project recognized this problem of youth unemployment and together decided to take action.
By cooperation and exchange of good practices, the objectives of this project are to minimize reasons for the high number of youth unemployment. Staff, teachers and students will increase their entrepreneurial, language and intercultural skills, get a better understanding of how the European labour market works, to avoid mismatching, increase the possibility to work and study in a European context, and to increase the ability to promote oneself while looking for employment.
The project will have five participants who by using and sharing their own qualities will contribute each one in his unique way to the future objective of reducing youth unemployment in Europe. The participants are
The activities will include meetings between students and teachers, presentations, workshops, writing blogs, creation of website, putting together a dissemination plan.
In our recent project, which has started in the school year 2012/13, we work together with schools from Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Poland. With regard to the title Been there, done that as a young European citizen! the project allows numerous possibilities of cooperation. During the two years we would like to analyze the role of young people as European citizens. Starting from what they know; school rules, their own lives, student councils and developing their awareness about the possibilities they have in their own community (village/town/area) as an active citizen. We will try to find out together how laws are made to protect young people's rights, in their own countries and even at European level. We'll put our students up in families so that they will share each other's everyday lives and exchange more.