Project

The KIDS4ALLL project has been granted as Innovation Action in the frame of the Horizon2020 Work Program SC6 entitled ‘Europe in a Changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’ and with particular reference to integration challenges of migrant children in educational contexts. It aims to strengthen and valorise transcultural, interdisciplinary skill sets in a highly diversified learner population, that increasingly corroborates the actual necessity for lifelong learning.

Consortium

The KIDS4ALLL consortium, represented by the University of Turin, Italy as grant holding institution, has officially launched the KIDS4ALLL initiative on April 1st 2021 and is looking very much forward to a successful implementation of all envisaged activities over the project duration of 36 months.

The KIDS4ALLL consortium includes partners and stakeholders from a total of 17 EU and non-European countries that span over 3 continents. It has been composed according to three main criteria, which are the partner’s awareness for the topic, curiosity and research interest and finally a thorough expertise in the field. In accordance with the characteristics of the Innovation Action in general, and with the KIDS project in particular, the composition of the partnership has envisaged a wide range of work teams, that span from knowledge partners, to social-educational and policy players to technical experts.

International Advisory Board members

  • Nihad Bunar (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Giulia Maria Cavaletto (Difesa dei Fanciulli Foundation, Italy)
  • Alessio D’Angelo (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Lutine de Wal Pastoor (Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Norway)
  • Pascal Brissette (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal, Canada)
  • Stephan Gervais (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal, Canada)
  • Miloš Kankaraš (Center for Social and Emotional Learning, Netherlands)
  • Katri Kuukka (Finnish National Agency for Education, Finland)
  • Vittorio Vallero (Information System Consortium, Italy)
  • Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Lifelong learning approach

Facilitating the access to educational systems has become as urgent as challenging in the 21st century society, especially when considering the contemporary global pandemic situation that emphasises the thread of existing performance discrepancies among the highly diversified student population. High NEET rates and shrinking participation in education evidence the demand for a targeted transmission of life skills to support individuals’ resilience and participation in wider society.

On this purpose the lifelong learning approach recognizes that competencies needed by children and adolescents today are not only technical but encompass learning to learn as a competence in its own right. Two dimensions are essential, which is lifelong learning on a temporal scale, and thus referring to different stages in life, and lifewide learning that considers the diversity of learning settings.

Towards the key inclusive development strategies

The KIDS4ALLL project grounds in the general assumption that everybody should have the lifelong right and opportunity to access high-quality education. Moreover, the project team strongly believes that learners should also have the possibility to co-create their learning environment and thus to be involved in both, their own learning and the potential training process of others.
Drawing on these premises the project aims to implement a pilot action that will experiment a learning method and learning environment in formal, non-formal and informal educational contexts to address the integration challenges of migrant children.

The proposed KIDS4ALLL learning method builds on knowledge acquisition, skills training and attitude transfer to convey lifelong learning competences as a whole within a collaborative and co-creative learning process. As a response to the educational needs of children, in particular of migrant children, and of educators as pathfinders for continuous lifelong and life wide learning, the project is grounded on three Key Inclusive Development Strategies (KIDS) towards LifeLongLearning (LLL), which represent the specific objectives of the project.

The objectives we have set

  1. Promoting and fostering the acquisition and transmission of competences that have been defined under the 8 LLL key thematic areas.
  2. Enhancing the methodological competences of educators towards inclusive and participatory teaching, training and intercultural dialogue.
  3. Testing the concept of peer-to-peer learning in form of buddyship collaboration (guided pairing of learners) with the lifelong and lifewide dimensions of learning in a 9-months pilot phase.

Our targets

In order to present a complete picture of the different actors involved in the educational process, KIDS4ALLL project has three target groups.

TARGET GROUP 1
Children / students > ISCED 1-2-3, which ranges thus from elementary to secondary high school.

TARGET GROUP 2
Educators in the different learning settings that are considered by this project, and thus teachers in schools, trainers in non-formal settings, such as cultural organisations.

TARGET GROUP 3
Represents parents of TG1 study participants. They will not be actively involved in the project testing phase, but rather be the beneficiaries of the created competences and skills of their children and the educators who are surrounding them day-by-day.

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