Project Overview

Project Overview

Despite many years of specific programmes addressed to different sub-sets of the low-skilled adult target group there are still almost 70 million adults in Europe with only lower secondary level qualifications, approximately 20 million of whom have not even achieved this grade. Teaching basic literacy skills to low skilled adults is probably one of the most difficult educational assignments in the field of adult education. Addressing the needs of the long-term unemployed, migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and indigenous ethnic minorities demands considerable skill and dedication and often adult educators working with these most marginalised groups tend to be the least well trained and least well resourced.

Basic literacy once meant the ability to read and write simple paper-based texts. However, in an increasingly visual, culture and digitised world, many important day-to-day social, health, work, and financial literacy practices are now digital. Therefore, our digitised and multi-literate world requires multi-modal literacy skills on smartphones and mobile devices. Literacy, digital skills and digital literacy are increasingly essential, especially for the most marginalised, hard-to-reach, low-qualified and low skilled members of society across the EU. The amount of ‘digital capital’ an adult holds can often determine how effectively they integrate and participate in social and civic life and wider society, obtain employment and achieve personal goals for the benefit of themselves, their families, their local community and society in general. Citizens in our changing world need to be highly-skilled in digital practices if they are to engage with and access key services and thrive.

DiLitE will support and facilitate the up-skilling of practitioners at all levels (volunteers, mentors, classroom assistants, teachers) through research into, and comparison of the teaching of basic digital skill literacy practices across European (EU) settings as an integral part of basic literacy practice with native and non-native speakers of the main language(s) as well as migrant populations, who are developing language and literacy skills in the host country’s language.

 

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DiLitE will support and facilitate the up-skilling of practitioners at all levels (volunteers, mentors, classroom assistants, teachers) through research into, and comparison of the teaching of basic digital skill literacy practices across European (EU) settings as an integral part of basic literacy practice with native and non-native speakers of the main language(s) as well as migrant populations, who are developing language and literacy skills in the host country’s language.

Objectives

Develop, pilot and deliver a quality CPD programme for adult educators, practitioners, volunteers, and relevant stakeholders, through a training methodology which can be customized and contextualised to local needs and levels.

Enable literacy tutors and educators to embed tools for digital capital within standard literacy teaching to ensure literacy learning opportunities are responsive to digital needs, challenges and opportunities.

Raise awareness of, and disseminate, effective approaches and practice in relation to digital capital for basic literacy learners.

Raise awareness of, and disseminate, effective approaches and practice in relation to digital capital for basic literacy learners.

Increase the capacity of teacher trainers/educators to develop and include strengths-based, participatory, learner-led approaches in their teaching.

Support the EU in championing the importance of digital capital to support marginalised citizens in taking an active part in society.

Partners

Learning Unlimited

UK

Learning Unlimited is a not for profit social enterprise that specialises in adult and family learning, ESOL and integration, literacy, numeracy and teacher education.
We believe in learning as empowerment and engage adults and families in local communities who face a wide range of issues and barriers to social inclusion. We also train the volunteers and professionals who work with and support them.
We lead on local, national and international projects, develop and publish books and resources, and do a wide variety of consultancy work.

Meath Partnership

Ireland

Meath Partnership is a county-wide local development company responsible for the design and implementation of local, rural and community development programmes in county Meath. We focus on building the capacity of communities through the delivery of a range of services and initiatives tackling persistent incidence of exclusion and disadvantage, playing a strategic role in the development of the County. We are a not-for-profit charitable organisation. Our activities are guided by a bottom-up approach directly responding to the needs of our target groups, customers and local partners. We are funded by national and EU funds and currently employ 33 people.

Center for Social Innovation - CSI
Cyprus

Center for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional and global contexts. CSI is working closely to address social, economic and cultural challenges with governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions.
We identify and address systemic challenges through evidence based research, state of the art investigation of global, national, regional and local solutions, developing solutions by taking into consideration the local ecosystem, cultural dynamics, meet the stakeholders needs and implementing those solutions as we keep constant vigilance to ensure continual feedback loop and adjustments. The feedback mechanisms and processes we employ allow us certainty in keeping in touch with our stakeholders and continually update our social solutions proposition.
CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, educators, social workers, social entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and project and provide the fertile ground for sustainable growth.
Our areas of expertise are in the fields of social justice, labour market, education and e-learning, social entrepreneurship, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, and training.

European Learning Centre

Spain

European Learning Centre belongs to a network of four training centres in the rural area of the Cadiz Mountains in Southern Spain and a management office in Madrid, Spain. Their chief areas of training are in language learning, ICT, and professional training. Our region could be generally described as industrial (leather manufacturing, agriculture, mainly), geographically isolated, and with one of the highest levels of unemployment in Spain. Our institutions work primarily with youngsters, underrepresented groups such as immigrants and refugees but also with adults in the local and regional community interested in furthering their education in a non-formal context. Public funding is received to subsidise the accreditation and certification of the training received. Being part of this previously mentioned network of private and public partnerships, which has allowed us to carry out multiple initiatives regarding environmental education, integration of underrepresented groups and the specific training in digital skills, languages and social inclusion. For the last 10 years, ELC has been closely collaborating in the areas of adult education with CEPER-7V which is the permanent network of adult education centres in our region. Another important collaboration presently exists between ELC and a consortium of local authorities (Town Hall)- the Youth Information Office and the major Association of SMEs in our area. The main aim of this recently-created consortium is to improve the success in helping unemployed youth find a job and better spread the information available for youth and adults in our area.

Symplexis

Greece

Symplexis is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities. Symplexis’ mission is to elevate social cohesion through integrated actions and project-based activities that aim at promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups at risk of marginalization and exclusion, while promoting and protecting the rights of various types of population groups that face discrimination focusing on the empowerment and support of victims, awareness raising and information sharing at all level.
Symplexis’ activity builds on user-led approaches and interventions around four main axes of expertise, namely:
– The social and economic inclusion of those most in need comprising a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing poverty, preventing marginalisation and promoting the sustainable integration of disadvantaged groups, particularly focusing on Third Country Nationals.
– The protection and promotion of human rights through activities and interventions that address the needs of a wide range of discriminated population groups, such as women, children and elderly people, victims of violence and human trafficking, the LGBTQI community, Roma and unaccompanied minors, migrants and asylum seekers/ refugees.
– Upskilling, capacity building and empowerment of vulnerable groups with the aim to promote equal access to formal and non-formal education for all and promote lifelong learning focusing on low-skills individuals that face difficulties in (re) the labour market.
– Child and youth development through actions and projects designed to reduce youth poverty, promote child protection and stimulate social inclusion and development.

Mindshift

Portugal

Mindshift is a start-up HR Consultancy established in 2017 in Lisbon, with a strong focus on digital-based solutions. Mindshift operates both, at national and international markets, in the following core areas of business: #upskilling paths: coaching, training and mentoring tailored programmes; #competences assessment centres; #career management and personal development; #attraction, selection and onboarding of young talent; # trainees programmes; #preparation of workforce for digital transformation; #social media campaigns.
Mindshift is strongly committed with principles of Social Responsibility and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, bringing together a team of staff with various backgrounds and professional experience.