The

Project

Objectives

The TICS project works on two innovative components:

  • help youth discover that it is possible to use online networks in a different way by finding on line people willing to listen and to accompany them

  • encourage professionals to meet young people in an environment other than "on the street"

Context

Early school leaving has been identified by the European Commission as a particular challenge facing many EU member states. It is associated with high youth unemployment, a lack of employment related skills and a wide array of other social problems. There are many reasons why some young people give up education and training prematurely: personal or family problems, learning difficulties, or a fragile socio-economic situation.

TICS project is based on the idea that professionals working with young people (social workers, experts in orientation/ insertion, trainers, etc.) can play a vital role in drop-out prevention, intervention and remediation. The project partnership composed by 7 organizations from 6 different European countries ( Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Slovakia) aims to prepare these professionals through new technologies to fight drop-out, to enable them to improve the way they listen, communicate, support youth, that are fewer and fewer on streets, but more and more on web, always connected, always visible. TICS project address the ICTs role in socio-educational fields and the digital educator concept working on the opportunities that new technologies offer to fight dropouts.

The Results

Intellectual products developed by the partnership will be:

  • Consumer perceptions and practices of young digital natives

  • "Digital natives" tool case: tools to educate youth about the risks of digital addictions- Information and Communication Technologies used in socio-educational activities

  • "Using digital for support, it’s possible" tool case: awareness tools and proposals for greater consideration of ICTs in supporting young dropouts

  • Project website and online community for two-way communication and Action

  • Training materials: ICT in socio-educational support activities to fight dropout