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Education For Equity Webinar - 29th April 2021

Updated: Apr 13

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Alt Valley Community Trust has had involvement in the Erasmus+ Project and have been working in partnership with BWK (Germany) and FBA (Sweden) in Education for Equity where programmes are developed with teaching styles and methods to address the following:

  1. Why students leave school too early

  2. What measures can encourage increased engagement

  3. What training and professional development is needed to be able to take these measures

  4. How schools, communities and employers cooperate successfully

Alt Valley Community Trusts - One Size Doesn't Fit All presentation

In response to the current challenges Alt Valley Community Trust have established a Youth Hub to support 16-24 year olds who are not in full time education or employment. The key to this successful initiative is the focus upon meeting the needs of every individual in order to secure long-term successful futures.

Presentation by members of AVCT, Liverpool, UK


Some more background to the webinar:


The number of young people without completed secondary education has almost doubled in recent years. On an increasingly specialised and globalised labour market these young people face fierce competition and risk ending up either in low paid, unqualified work or experiencing long periods of unemployment. Evidence shows that a low level of education goes hand in hand with poor health, lower life expectancy, an under qualified workforce that is not fit for purpose and an underperforming economy.


These issues were addressed in an Erasmus+ project, Education for Equity, a strategic partnership between organisations in England (AVCT), Germany (BWK) and Sweden (FBA) from 2014-2017. All three partner organisations have competence and experience in working towards social, linguistic & cultural inclusion, and educational achievement for marginalised groups.


In our webinar we want to revisit our results and conclusions from the project, but even more discuss where we are now, a few years later, and where we are heading. The world today is facing a number of serious challenges, but we also see hopeful examples of cooperation, solutions and a healthy, sustainable future. The webinar will contain a short presentation from each partner and then open up for table talks /discussions.


We would like to invite educational professionals who have been involved in the project to attend the webinar; teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, youth and community workers, course directors, policy makers… Also anyone else who is interested in these issues is warmly welcome to attend.


Full Presentation list

minus one hour for UK time


Victor Merriman – A Provocation

Victor Merriman is Professor of Critical Studies in Drama at Edge Hill University. He is author of "Because We Are Poor": Irish Theatre in the 1990s (2011) and Austerity and the Public Role of Drama: Performing Lives-in-Common (2019). He is a founder director of One Hour Theatre Company.


AVCT – One size doesn’t fit all

In response to the current challenges Alt Valley Community Trust have established a Youth Hub to support 16-24 year olds who are not in full time education or employment. The key to this successful initiative is the focus upon meeting the needs of every individual in order to secure long-term successful futures.

Presentation by members of AVCT, Liverpool, UK


BWK – The integration of refugees into the vocational training system: Connect +

The aim of our project is to provide support for young refugees to connect to the German dual vocational training system, once they finish previous schools.

The refugees, when they finish school, need an individual career coaching, which can strengthen their individual professional development. At our college they can acquire work experience in different professional fields, and at the same time receive specific work related language training.

Presentation by Uwe Schulte and Khalid Sharif, BWK, Berlin, Germany


Celsiusskolan – Multilingual Learning and UF – Young Enterprise Learning

To strengthen the students’ deeper knowledge, we encourage multilingual learning. A topic and instructions are given in Swedish, then analyzed and discussed in their first language(s) and then put forward in Swedish. Furthermore, to develop students’ financial future possibilities they learn to start and run a real company of choice, supervised by teachers and encouraged by different competitions for young enterprises.

Presentation by Ingrid Jonsson, Assistant Principal for newly arrived students to Sweden of 16-20 years at Celsiusskolan, Uppsala, Sweden

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