Local authorities can play a key role to better involve parents : Prevent project

The prevention of early school leaving (ESL) should be built on a comprehensive approach of the child, taking into account the family environment, the neighbourhood, and his/her life in and out of school.

The role of parents his a key element to reduce the rate of ESL. How can one boost their confidence and provide them with tools and support in raising their children?

In the strategy 2020, the European Union recognizes Early School Leaving (ESL) as a major challenge with an aim to reduce it below 10 %. Education researchers and pra

ctitioners consider that the role of parents in the prevention of this problem is crucial. Through a range of policies, local authorities can play a key role to better involve parents. PREVENT proposes to share experiences related to the involvement of parents in the prevention of early school leaving.

Early school leaving (ESL) processes have complex and varied causes and the reasons for dropping out of school are individual. However, ESL follows certain patterns that are often linked to socio-economic background: disadvantaged minorities, low education backgrounds in families, poor achievement in education and training, families difficulties involving child participation to family income or taking adult responsibilities such as caring for family members and/or a combination of social, economical, emotional and educational problems putting individuals at risk.

PREVENT proposes an innovative approach, where parents are considered as a key part of the solution to reduce ESL, and cities as driving forces to create synergies, common understanding and develop concrete collaboration between stakeholders.

Source : Prevent project

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Youth Engagement for Sustainable Urban Planning: Tools and Prospects @ World Urban Forum 6

The event  organised by The Creative Room will present powerful tools and strategies for engaging young people in urban planning processes. Building on the experience of an international panel of experts – which includes urban designers, youth leaders, academics and policy analysts – concrete methodologies which take into account governance and social dynamics of cities will be showcased.

The workshop aims to connect visionary youth with city planners and local and national governments representatives for a constructive dialogue on efficient public-private partnerships that focus on quality of life and economic growth.

The event programme includes a panel discussion, an interactive simulation of the Habitat methodology as well as a “Questions and Answers” session.

The Habitat methodology – presented in the frame of the workshop – managed to synthesize the conundrums of the urban legislation that define the urban planning of Bucharest and further advance the debate of what are the other factors that contribute to the sustainable and prosperous development of a city.

The themes tackled in the frame of the event include, but are not limited to: city economic vitality, the built environment – the institutional and regulatory framework for planning, city cultural vitality, local community and urban planning, stakeholders in urban development.

More info : Odaia Creativa

Global Junior Challenge Award

next deadline: 2012-03-15
This international competition rewards the most innovative projects using modern ICT technologies in the field of youth education, training, solidarity and international cooperation of young people.
It aims to encourage young people and their teachers to use new technologies; exchange experiences and emulates successful initiatives.

Particpating projects:
– should be still in operation as of 31 December 2011.
– should use ICT technology for all fields of youth education, not only those addressed to schools.
– are not limited by geographical or size limitations: from websites created by middle school students to global projects employing cutting edge technology for online training.
– must be addressed to young people up 29 years and divided in the following categories: users up to 10 years old; users up to 15 years old; users up to 18 years old; users up to 29 years old.

Special Section:
Projects using ICT to train youth to obtain initial job placement
Projects promoting ICT for immigrants and refugees integration
Projects promoting ICT for environmental sustainability

Who can participate
The competition is open to participants all over the world:
• Public and private schools and universities
• Public and private institutions and organisations
• Associations, cooperatives and other non profit organisations
• Public and private companies
• Research centres
• Individual citizens of any age

Awards
There are three types of awards:
• The main Global Junior Challenge Award: addressed to all participants
• The President of the Italian Republic Award: awarded to the three best projects on ICT-based educational innovation presented by Italian schools.
• The GJC for finalist project from poor areas of the world: reserved to finalist projects from the poorer areas of the world that employ ICT to promote the reduction of poverty and increase social inclusion.

How to apply:
The project could be presented using the online form or downloading the word document from the website and sent by e-mail, fax or post.

Deadline: 15 March 2012.

Information: http://www.gjc.it/2011