The name of the project, Education in Square Marginality (EM2), refers to the condition of double marginality that some people live in the peripheral territories on which we operate: a condition of personal marginality, dictated by difficulties in employment, physical and psychological disadvantages and a geographical marginality, due to a location far from urban centres and dynamic contexts, with difficulties of an economic and demographic nature.
Historically in these marginal areas, little centres, countryside or mountains, the person in difficulty could count on a community “embrace”, an invisible and visible social “control” that, although invading the personal sphere at times, guaranteed direct and indirect support for the individual lives; now this relational chain that guaranteed support and help is extinguished: we live in countries as in cities, community bonds go getting lost, every family or individual person lives his life separately.
A context, which rarely has positive aspects: no possibility of development dictated by the liveliness of the city, nor social community that controls and supports its representatives.
The project wants to reactivate this community tension, experiencing a path of responsibility of the community with respect to the possibilities of “redemption” of its members. The community involved is therefore called to act as guarantor of a social pact that, in this case, will support the reintegration of some of its members during a learning path co-projected by AE centres and enterprises/companies of the area.
EM2 wants to contribute to the strengthening of motivation and the improvement of job opportunities for low-skilled or low-qualified adults and NEET in marginal context, through a balance of competences and self-awareness, in a co-responsibility approach that involves local community, enterprises, educational centres.
1. Improve learning community network based on general community agreement, creation of a community made by school, associations, municipalities and companies to train people in difficulty through working groups aimed at involving and including the target people
2. Upgrade skills of low-skilled or low-qualified adult through formal and non-formal education with the help of a common community agreement
3. Enhance general social awareness about the usefulness of the community agreement and its job orienteering usefulness.
Create the conditions and develop a process to activate a community pact, that will end with the final signature of the document by the four communities involved (in Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Slovenia). Naturally, since this is an innovative concept more or less frequent in the countries where the project is being implemented, first of all an intense research activity (desk and field) is foreseen, looking for interesting experiences that help to define a model of community pact functional to the project.
Realize forty Community Learning Pacts, ten per country; these community learning pacts are the personalized paths of the adults involved; the motivation and chances of success of the activities are strengthened by the community support they receive.
Define and make accessible a Handbook of Community Learning, that will provide useful guidelines for the implementation of the community learning in further territories outside the consortium, based on the joint analysis of at least 20 pathways.
Direct target could be NEET and low-skilled adults; indirectly, local institution, public bodies, SME, interest groups, trade-unions, NGO as active part of the community.