‘’Talent or training?’’ A project with five partners; Spain, Turkey, Holland, Italy and Poland.
For many years we have seen students dropping out prematurely. Which is due to a number of causes: The training doesn’t suit the student because it’s above/below his or her level of education, isn’t challenging enough, the student doesn’t have a clear picture of the training or too great a deal of independence/responsibility is expected of the student. Students are being challenged by the outside world to live up to an image, conveyed through social media, something which influences them greatly. The future is still far away, but from a very early stage students are forced to come to a decision on what they want to do in life. This could lead to them making a choice, not based upon their own hopes and dreams for the future, but rather because they are being influenced by parents or friends. As a result, lots of students are dropping out. This is what we want to investigate.

Our project will enhance, build up and apply innovative approaches and practices on both students, staff and organisations. It will exchange experiences and good practice throughout the partnership. The activities which include training, teaching, and learning among groups of students will help them to describe themselves much better since they will learn how to do this. It is vital to declare that most students who will participate in this project have to cope with learning and behavioral disorders and there are many underprivileged students as well, who live in very bad financial and physical circumstances. This is one of the most significant reason why we need this project. The current project is based on earlier experience gained by children, parents and teachers. What they learned earlier will be used for new activities. They will be involved not only in implementation, but also in the preparation of the project.

Partners will cooperate and communicate via email, skype and phone calls. The coordinator is the centre of communication but all partners know each others’ mail addresses and they get in touch with each other when necessary. The purpose of the transnational project meetings are social adaptation and participation, entrepreneurship, considering difference, empathy and tolerance among countries, religions and nations, experiencing culture of democracy, developing respect for national/international cultural and social values. Through project activity process and the transnational project meetings, we intend to create an environment which allows all learners including staff to flourish by encouraging mutual respect for each other and a respect for ‘learning’. Enabling every learner to recognise and realise his or her potential and capacity to achieve, encouraging every learner to ‘aspire’. We intend to improve the quality of Learning and Teaching by recognising that we are all lear.

Prevention of early school leaving from 15% to at least 10%. Motivating and raising aspirations considering the importance of education. Recognising what results early school leaving can cause. Insure that students are aware of the individual characteristics and talents pointing out the importance knowing oneself and developing a positive self-esteem, discovering students’ hidden talents.Talking about what they believe in and performing their skills.Cultural interaction recognising and observing differences and similarities. Comparing and distinguishing differences and similarities.RPA raising the participation age so students view learning as life long and use it to meet their vocational/career goals Students feel safe,cared for and enjoy education and are active participants in the teaching and learning processIndividual and group learning plans to address negative behaviours and attitudes use PASS to measure the changes in attitudes and behaviours – impact measures before and after.