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The Post-YU for Learning Emancipation (PYLE) is a strategic partnership project in the field of adult education primarily aimed for developing new, innovative and complementary tools and models for empowering learners in the region and fostering self-employability among youth in early adulthood. We built cooperation between three partner organizations, Zavod Bob from Slovenia, Volonterski centar Istra from Croatia and CYA Krik from Macedonia, gathered forces and created a project plan to address these important issues. The project duration is 27 months – from September 2017 till November 2019.
Our starting point is high unemployment rates of youth in early adulthood (18 to 29 years) in countries of partner organization. In Slovenia it is at 20 %, while in Croatia it has been at 30% and in Macedonia 45 %. In the time of job flexibilization and mostly precarious employments among young people, there are many who come to position when they are being left out and remain long-term unemployed. In this group we find unemployed due to low-skillness, the imbalance between the possibilities on the job market and type of education and as well so called NEETs. The low-skilled, young people with fewer opportunities, are target groups that need supportive and stimulating learning environment and mentoring support. In this regard we aim to improve opportunities for their involvement and access to education.
In a startegic partnership in the field of youth a program PDCAE ( was created intended for supporting participants in developing and implementing project ideas that have a potential for participants’ self-employments. The pedagogical and methodological basis of the program provides participants with developing basic skills, transversal, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills. Due to specifics and vulnerability of the target group of PDCAE, mentioned above, mentor support in the program is essential. In this regard the PYLE project target group are professionals, adult educators who work with young people in early adulthood: youth workers, social pedagogues, andragogues and pedagogues, psychologists, social workers and others, interested in training for working with unemployed youth. We will animate the unemployed graduates of humanistic studies to get involved and join the training and/or other project activities in all stages of the project.
Thus, the activities in this project will focus on two main points:
– Creating and publishing an informal curriculum for training of mentors for the implementation of PDCAE program that will as well be transferable to other forms of working with the unemployed youth in early adulthood as guidelines and recommendations. We will test and evaluate the training. The curriculum will as well be tested, all partner organizations will implement it with 10 – 12 participants.
– Establishing conditions for the PDCAE program and mentor training implementation in countries/regions of partner organizations (negotiations with policy makers, exploring possibilities for providing facilities, funds, raising awareness among different stakeholders).
The partnership aims to introduce approaches that are not appreciated in socio-cultural environments of partner organizations even though practice and research have shown good impacts on many levels. Thus will as well create Pedagogical Outlines for Emancipated Learning and National Recommendations to foster rethinking learning and, especially, adult education. We will put special emphasis on activities that will lead to the sustainability of our project results.
We will maintain and moderate a Knowledge Exchange Base, a web platform, will serve as the main communication tool, addressing different publics/target groups. It will serve as a board for pinning various topic clouds: youth employability, personal success stories, legislation, knowledge exchange etc.. Interested public can use the Base as a meeting point of materials/documents concerning adult and non-formal education, youth work, examples of good practices and PYLE project news. It will also serve the project for publishing intellectual outputs.
In the last two months of the project three Multiplying Events will be organized: in September 2019 in Skopje, Macedonia, and in October 2019 in Pula, Croatia, and in Ljubljana, Slovenia.