- Every 24th of January, the United Nations honours the role of education for peace and development in the International Day of education, a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.
- Destine partners work together to ensure a tolerant, inclusive and equitable online environment. in Vocational training and Education.
Without education, progress is impossible. Although, in EU member states, it is a recognised right to which the vast majority of the population has access, this is not the case in all parts of the world, where it is a right to which a large part of the population does not have access.. According to United Nation Data, there are still 244 million children and youth out of school. Under the theme “to invest in people, prioritize education” UNESCO honours this year International Day to girls and women in Afghanistan who have been deprived of their right to education.
The educational field does not only involves primary and secondary education but also Vocational and Education Training, the specific area that is responsible for combining academic background with its job-related technical skills which can help people discover their talents while matching the needs of industry.
In the framework of the Erasmus + program, the seven partners of Destine are working together to address a tolerant, inclusive and accessible online Vocational and Training environment that boost the European youth talent. The project has been running since 2021, coinciding with the celebration of the European Year of Youth in 2022 and the European Year of Skills in 2023.
Vocational and Education Training has as main target boost employability, developed skilled workforces and strength economy. Currently, educational institutions such as colleges and universities offer VET opportunities in a variety of areas such as classroom-based learning with practical work, online courses, or workshops offered by enterprises.
During the last times, Vocational and Education Training programs have increased its popularity due to the added value of practical training. According to the latest data published in Eurostat, the 48,4% of 2020 upper secondary students of the EU member countries have enrolled in a VET programme which ensures more than 80% employment rate.
However, Vocational and Education Training has some challenges to face such as their online environment, where to deploy the essential knowledge to display the technical skills that requires specific knowledge and resources that have yet to be developed with projects such as the e-platform Destine partners are working on. Challenges that, through collaboration and innovation, will help the careers of young Europeans to take off and become the protagonists of a green, sustainable and digital future.
In a context marked by recent technological changes, shifts in global economic power, accelerating urbanization and demographic changes, coupled with the importance of digital as recently highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic; the DESTINE project, funded by the Erasmus + programme, responds to the challenge of addressing the issues of inclusion, diversity and tolerance in the online and distance learning environment. Specifically, the project aims to develop and improve the skills and competences of teachers, trainers and mentors in the field of inclusion and diversity as applied to e-learning.
About ERASMUS +
Erasmus+ 2021-2027 is the European Union’s renewed programme in the fields of education and training, youth and sport, offering opportunities for all people and in all education sectors (School Education, Professional Training, Higher Education and Adult Education). This new Erasmus+ is more international, more inclusive, more digital and greener, supporting digital transformation, inclusion and diversity, as well as the environment and the fight against climate change. With a budget of more than €28 billion, it will fund learning-related mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
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