APPLE: eArly warning Platform to Prevent youth from dropping out of school Education

APPLE is a European initiative aiming to tackle Early School Leaving.

Grant Agreement Number: 2019-1-UK01-KA201-061942

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 12/2019-11/2021   

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Challenge

Early School Leaving remains a challenge for many EU member states, despite the significant developments that have been made regarding school integration of young people with vulnerable background.

According to Eurostat, 10.6% of young people 18-24 years old in the EU in 2017 did not complete their studies at upper-secondary level and did not follow any other educational path, for a variety of social, economic and family-related reasons.  Early School Leaving is an obstacle for social and economic growth, thus Europe has to make full use of its human capital and take preliminary measures to tackle social exclusion of vulnerable groups.

Innovation

APPLE is a European initiative aiming to tackle Early School Leaving. By developing a guide for educators and an online early warning platform, consisting of key scientific material and tools, APPLE will equip educators, schools, educational organizations and authorities with the necessary tools to identify youth at risk of dropping-out and halt Early School Leaving.

Action

Capacity building seminars, tailored to the needs of educators, will be organized. Participants will have the opportunity to get familiarized with innovative pedagogical methodologies and share experiences with peers.
APPLE team will conduct focus groups with students at risk of dropping out of school, in order to collect first-hand information and experiences that will feed in APPLE guide for educators. Through this process, the drivers of early dropping out of education and training will be identified.
A guide for educators will be developed, including material on the profiles of young people at risk of dropping-out, drivers on early-dropping-out and personal stories of the program’s beneficiaries.
The e-learning platform will serve both as an e-learning tool for the young influencers (including the capacity building programme) and as an online space, where NEETs and other young vulnerable people could communicate with young influencers in order to establish a strong network and to facilitate their cooperation. Also, digital modules will be available for NEETs and other young vulnerable people on how to counter manipulation, populism, propaganda and fake news.
A final conference will be organized in Greece, in order to present the project results and outputs to relevant stakeholders (including educational authorities, schools/school heads, teachers and teachers’ associations, academia, policy makers and the wider public).
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Canary Wharf Consulting (UK) – Project Coordinator
Aproximar (Portugal)
FyG Consultares (Spain)
CPIP (Romania)
KMOP North Macedonia (North Macedonia)

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