Ongoing International Projects
The EU-project PHERECLOS builds upon the experience of Children’s Universities (CUs) in Europe and beyond. Due to their engagement with children and young people, they help to breakdown institutional boundaries between universities and the wider society. CUs often sit between key organisations in the educational and social landscape, collaborating with both. The project will establish “Local Education Clusters” (LECs), bringing together schools and further relevant actors in the educational ecosystem of 6 diverse pilot regions. These actors may be universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations, companies, charities, museums or other knowledge providers. The LECs will be incubators for enabling a dialogue and for setting-up joint activities between these organisations at the overlapping edges of formal and non-formal education.
At the same time, the project aims to improve the quality of science engagement. PHERECLOS will implement a digital “OpenBadge” system which labels institutions as reliable and responsive actors allowing all LEC parties to become real agents of change in education. At the same time, this ecosystem will highlight individual achievements with respect to STEAM engagement.
The regional effectiveness and impact will be monitored and informed by implementation research. This will lead to the development of implementation guidelines and policy briefs to enhance the sustainability of the overall approach. Therefore, PHERECLOS will highlight the wider benefits gleamed from our LECs and use these experiences to catalyse access to higher education for young people, particularly STEAM-related careers, affording benefits in a wider societal context. Come sail with us!
PHERECLOS in Vienna
The “Bildungsgrätzl” and the Vienna Children’s University (including seven universities) are two networks in Vienna carrying out projects in the area of innovative education for children and teenagers with a strong perspective on the aspect of social inclusion. Although both networks follow similar purposes, there is no direct connection nor cooperation so far.
The Local Education Cluster (LEC) Vienna will connect the two networks and will promote the establishment of a shared, sustainable and structural cooperation between the different actors. The aim is to bridge the gap between different educational sectors (from primary to tertiary sector) alongside non-formal educational institutions. As an alliance in innovative science engagement activities, LEC Vienna will strengthen holistic, open and lifelong learning for 10,000 children already involved in Children’s Universities activities and 70,000 children already connected to “Bildungsgrätzl”. It will bring science in the neighbourhoods and the perspectives of children and schools in the Universities.
“ENhancing female entrePRENeurship in InDIA (ENPRENDIA)”, coordinated by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in India, bringing together a network of European and Indian organisations. The ENPRENDIA project will aim to increase the living and working conditions of the female population in India by providing an adequate environment for them to develop their business ideas. This will be achieved by providing Indian female entrepreneurs with the adequate tools, competencies and skills to create their own business ideas through tailor-made programmes, by creating structures within targeted institutions that attend to the needs of female entrepreneurs, and by developing awareness campaigns on gender policies and gender equality.
(Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practives, Capacity Building in higher Education: 597932-EPP-1-2018-1-IN-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP)
In the project, best practice examples for inclusion in the education system are sought, measurement criteria and quality parameters are developed and, in the sense of “Multiplying Evidence-Based Strategies for Inclusion”, the transferability of models of inclusive education and their political anchoring are worked on.
(Erasmus + Project Ref: 592125-EPP-1-2017-1-NL-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN, 2018–2010, Partner)