EPN has developed an education tool for promoting the participation of young generations to the policies of the European Union called “Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils“.
The tool has been developed in collaboration with the vocational school Istituto Tecnico Commerciale “Antonio Pacinotti” di Pisa (Italy) which is engaged in empowering its pupils in playing an active role in the European projects of the school.
Thanks to the Lab, the participating students benefit from a higher awareness of the opportunities that the European Union offers them during and after their studies and they become proactive stakeholders in the process of project designing, a skill that will be useful for the rest of their lives.
The Lab consists of six modules over a period of three months in which the students of a school develop a project proposal under an action of the Erasmus Plus programme of their own choice and under the supervision of their educators and experienced Project Managers and Agents.
Once again, the Collaborative Project Management approach (CPM) is the working tool through which EPN promotes an ethical and collaborative view of developing European projects.
We invite all schools that are interested in engaging their own pupils in the development of their European funded projects to get in contact with us and benefit from the “Project Designing Lab for Secondary School Pupils“.
Educational tool for engaging secondary school pupils in the designing process of an Erasmus Plus project. The need for this tool stems from an issue that is widely shared by project managers, which is involving the beneficiaries of a project in the development of the project itself.
In the case of schools, involving the young beneficiaries (pupils) of an international project in its design is a key criterium in the evaluation of the project proposal that is scarcely considered by applicant schools. This implies an outflow of resources for developing project proposals that are not rooted in real needs of the beneficiaries and that, thus, achieve low evaluation scores. Subsequently, this tool aims at helping schools that apply for European funds to tackle this problem so as to improve the quality of their project proposals.
The conception of this tool is based on the values of civic participation and social empowerment of the youth.
This Lab aims at delivering the very basic information and working methods and tools about European co-funded projects to small groups of secondary school pupils. The expected learning outcomes are meant to trigger an engaging, creative, and collaborative process of Project Designing of an Erasmus+ project proposal on the part of pupils that would ideally lead to their autonomous and collaborative self-government in pursuing European funding with and for their school.