E-DESIGN: European Digital Education for Social Inclusion and Global Neighbourhood

E-DESIGN (financed by the Erasmus+ program: Key Action 3 – Social Inclusion and Common Values) is a project that aims at increasing social inclusion and combat social inequalities among disadvantaged groups, especially migrants and refugees, through strengthening their digital competences in order to enhance their labour market opportunities and social participation.

Through the establishment of decentralized structures of digital education – named ICT Training Hotspots – in social areas, schools and other suitable places like public libraries or municipalities, E-DESIGN aims at improving access to ICT training and strengthening digital competences of disadvantaged groups. Moreover, it aims at enhancing sustainable structures of volunteer work in communities and schools to improve societal systems for reaching out to underprivileged groups. By creating a free and easily accessible offer of digital education, the target groups get interested in participating and thereby also get in contact with other people from their community to further promote social inclusion. The learning offers will be designed in such a way that learning of competence happens primarily through self-appropriation, supported by trainers, allowing for learning transversal competences such as problem solving, design thinking and communication, while at the same time allowing teachers without extensive ICT skills to be involved in the process. Possible learning offers could be: Robotics, 3D printing, 3D modeling, Micro:bits, and Arduino.

The project will run in two phases: in the first phase 2 hotspots will be implement in each implementing country (Germany, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Italy), one in schools and one in a public space, and 25 teachers and volunteers will be involved in the piloting. After implementing the learning offers and a through evaluation, best methods and practices will be identified. In the second phase, the elements that have worked particular well will be put together and adapted for a second, upscaling phase. At the end, a handbook will be developed, compiling all the best practices, supported with the visual materials (videos) published by the project’s participants on a learning platform.

ACTIVITIES

  • Awareness-raising among local decision-makers, politicians and other interested stakeholders about of the need and benefits of the ICT training Hotspots.
  • Research about the local situation in the 5 implementing countries, on the target group, job profiles, job opportunities, and local/regional learning offers that already exist, including interviews and desk research
  • Training for teachers and volunteers
  • Establishment of 4 ICT hotspots in each implementing country and consequently the implementation of ICT training courses and ICT competitions
  • Creation of a Handbook for setting up and implementing ICT Training Hotspots
  • Transfer knowledge on designing courses and provide training to teachers/volunteers about ICT-based working materials and methods.
  • Evaluation of pilot testing, followed by an upscaling phase

 

RESULTS

  • Compilation of digital labour market information for the target group
  • Development and adaptation of learning offers for the target groups in each implementing country
  • 20 ICT Training Hotspots with 40 courses in total
  • 600 participants
  • 160 competition participants whose work will be published
  • 20 how-to videos made by participants
  • Learning platform connecting the different ICT hotspots
  • Handbook for setting up and implementing ICT Training Hotspots
  • Final conferences and multiplier events

 

PARTNER

 

FUNDING INSTITUTION

DG EAC, Erasmus + Key Action 3 – Social Inclusion and Common Value

 

PROJECT DURATION 

31/12/2018 – 30/12/2021

 

CONTACT

CSC: Vidjaya.thelen@danilodolci.org