DROP’IN ACTION is an online portfolio that brings together the experience of teachers and students using non-formal techniques at school system level.
DROP’IN ACTION is developed within the DROP’IN project, an Erasmus+ project (K2: Strategic Partnership | School) that is aimed at developing strategies to prevent Early School Leaving (ESL) and school dropout by introducing non-formal methods in schools. This approach it was possible thanks to a partnership between associations, municipalities, universities and schools where teachers and non-formal education experts work together, leading innovation in each other field and collaborating at each step of the project.
The development of these non-formal methodologies comes from a study and analysis of the school system in the various countries involved (Bulgaria, France, Italy, Latvia), responding to the need to actively involve teachers and students in processes of non-formal and alternative education that can educate them on fundamental issues for the growth of both the learners and the teachers as active protagonists of their educational and human development.
What did we need to DROP’IN?
The DROP’IN project team of teachers and experts in non-formal education has produced a manual of techniques useful for the introduction of non-formal education, EDUC’Action: The Education in Action! It’s a catalogue of non-formal education techniques focused mainly on the following 5 main topics:
The Importance of Education and Motivation to Learn
Team Building and the Feeling of Equality
Self-esteem, self-awareness and reflection
Building up Your Own Environment and Taking Responsibility for It
Learn to Say NO!
The foreseen actions developed has a creative approach to fight the phenomenon of ESL and takes into account many of the recommendations made at European level by the ET 2020 School Policy Working Group, namely:
- the implementation of an intersectoral approach and increased cooperation with many partners and the wider community to address problems for which schools do not have the expertise.
- the application of new interactive methods to deal with subjects that are more global than the lessons evaluated (class life, school life, etc.)
- considering the fact that learning for teachers is necessary throughout their careers
- the encouragement and creation of peer tutoring spaces within the school and in networks of schools, becoming places for sharing good practices
Within this framework, DROP’IN has developed 5 main results:
A quantitative and qualitative research on ESL at European, national and local level. The objective is to provide an overview of the ESL phenomenon, analysing public policies and innovative strategies to counteract it and enhancing the point of view of teachers and the needs of educational communities.
EDUC’ACTION: THE EDUCATON IN ACTION!
A catalogue of at least 30 non-formal education techniques, used and experienced by teachers. The catalogue presents the activities, indicating the objectives, the duration and number of participants, the materials to be used, the results to be obtained and the methods of evaluation. At the end of the experimentation phase, the catalogue will also contain practical examples of the implementation of the activities and will be distributed in each partner country.
DROP’INVOLVE: Teachers’ training
A non-formal education-training programme led by experts for teachers who want to discover and develop non-formal techniques to introduce into their classrooms. The training will aim to make teachers key actors in the educational process, encouraging and motivating them to bring change in their work and in the school environment.
DROP’IN ACTION: EXPERIMENTATION & VALORISATION
With the aim of transmitting and describing the experimentation developed within the project and above all making visible the results and impact of the tested methods.
POLICY PAPER: DROP’ INSPIRATION
A document with recommendations addressed to policy makers. The document will be distributed on a European scale, giving each partner the opportunity to disseminate the activities at national and local level.
DROP IN has been implemented in 5 countries, involving 8 organizations/institutions:
PISTES SOLIDAIRES (France – Coordinator)
COLLEGE ROSA PARKS (France)
GULBENS NOVADA DOME (Latvia)
KNOW AND CAN ASSOCIATION (Bulgaria)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LEUVEN (Belgium)