About the project - "Children in a Europe of 2020"
Main objectives of the project.
Reducing disparities in learning outcomes affecting disadvantaged learners
Developing basic and transversal skills using innovative methods
Supporting schools to tackle early school leaving (ESL) and disadvantage as well as to address all students from the lowest to the high.
We have focused on these priorities because all schools involved in the project have a high number of students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is due to different factors: they live in rural areas, because of economic reasons or high rates of unemployment.
We are also interested in reducing the early school dropout rates. According to official data Denmark is the best with 8% of children. Finland, Holland and Cyprus with 9%, Hungary 11% and Spain 23%. Of course we must work on this topic to reduce the number of children in a close future, above all Spain. We have focused on Cyprus because they have reduced the rate from 18% to 9% in 2 years.
We are very worried about unemployment rates in people under 25 years old, according to official data Holland is the best of us with 7,5%, Denmark 11%, Finland 18%, Hungary 26%, Cyprus 37% and Spain 59%. Holland, Denmark and Finland will show the others about their educative system and how it is related to the unemployment rates in order to improve our ways of teaching and learning in Hungary, Cyprus and Spain.
As European countries we must work at school to achieve the European objectives in 2020. We have realized that we must work on this line and we have chosen topics and we have developed the whole project with this aim.
We need to look for innovative methods in order to improve the teaching and learning of languages, children need a high level of key competences such as ITC skills or linguistic competences in a common Europe, and we must promote the linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness to prepare our students from an early age to study or look for work in Europe. We must focus on developing techniques and skills to link what they learn at school since early ages with the labor market in a close future.
We have children involved in the project that live in rural areas, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or with fewer opportunities, so we must work on this line to reduce the disparity in learning outcomes. We must include all children at school looking for innovative methods of learning and teaching languages, encourage in them the use of ITC to communicate in a common Europe. It is really important to reduce the number of children that leave school in early ages and encourage in the whole community the importance of education for children’s future.