Connectivity is a KA2 Erasmus+ Adult Education project which focuses on developing a method of sustainable inclusion for unemployed adults through educational outdoor activities. While developing the project idea we approached organizations that work already with this specific target group through non-formal tools and can bring a wide variety of ideas and experience along. Each of our partners has a different working environment, therefore their method and impact are also different from one another, still, they all share the need of creating outdoor activities that hold educational value and could stimulate motion in their local communities and beyond.
Creating an accessible learning frame for disadvantaged groups is a common challenge throughout Europe, especially when it comes to adults. There is a growing interest in working with youth and supporting it through various activities and opportunities, but offering the same to adults seems to be more difficult. One of the main reasons for this is that these adults are less likely to participate in such events, in most cases the participants are people who already take advantage of many learning opportunities. Also, this is the target group that has difficulties in adjusting to the formal educational system, thus losing connection with education in any form. This often results in social exclusion and borderline behavior.
On one hand there are many organizations that focus on this target group and create various activities for support (such as biking, city safari, etc.), still, in many cases, these events have no educational value and no long-term impact.
On the other hand, even if the organized activities do have an educational purpose, they serve as a one-time experience and they hardly create a difference in the long run.
Through this project, we would like to offer a solution to this challenge by improving and extending the supply of high-quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of individual fewer opportunity adults so that they enhance their key competences and have higher chances to enter the labor market. Together with our partners and staff members we plan to develop a sustainable method of inclusion which has long-term impact not only on the affected individuals, but also on the organizations and on their local communities. By creating an innovative playground and engaging persons with limited formal education not only in the activities of the organizations but also in the work of these organizations, inclusion will happen on a much bigger scale and will serve as a way to tackle unemployment.
Why outdoor activities? Based on our experience activities organized in an out-of-the-door context are simple, easy to access and effective, regardless of the social competences or background of the target group. These can be short games, walking, biking or any other activities which create a learning frame. By choosing this method, we change the context and create a setting that stimulates learning and progress, especially for those who experience difficulties when it comes to fitting into the formal educational system. Through outdoor games and activities, we aim to create a non-formal playground for the target group in order to make learning accessible for the involved individuals.
Connectivity is the third Erasmus+ KA2 project of Olde Vechte. It lasts for 3 years and consists of numerous activities in all our partner countries: training meetings, management meetings, local programs and dissemination activities.
26-27 October 2019Kick-off MeetingBergolo, Italy
15-20 September 2020 First training meetingOmmen, The Netherlands
October 2020 - April 2021Local activitiesIn each partner country
May/June 2021Second training meetingOmmen, The Netherlands
August 2021Midterm meetingSerres, Greece
September - October 2021First multiplier eventIn each partner country
November 2021Third training meetingOmmen, the Netherlands
December - March 2022Local activitiesIn each partner country
April 2022Fourth training meetingOmmen, The Netherlands
June-July 2022Evaluation meetingCascais, Portugal
August - September 2022Second multiplier eventIn each partner country