Is a 25-month Erasmus + project aiming to promote resilience
in adult basic education.
People with basic education needs are amongst the most marginalized social groups, being frequently exposed to economic, social and/or racial discrimination. Since many participants of literacy and basic education courses throughout Europe have recently experienced war, flight and violence, the resulting states of stress, chronicle illnesses and traumatisation have additional negative effects on their ability to learn and concentrate.
In response to the challenges faced by people with basic education needs, professional and sensitive solutions are needed in order to avoid exclusion, marginalisation, and retraumatisation. Against this background, the network partners see a cross-sectional examination of resilience – defined as a lifelong process of dealing with challenges and negative experiences – as an innovative way of integrating educationally disadvantaged people and fostering their participation.
Based on the assumptions that people are able to increase their resilience in adulthood and that emancipatory educational settings can make a valuable contribution in this regard, RESET aims at promoting psychological stabilisation, creativity, and the expansion of individual scope of action, in order to promote self-efficacy and participation.
RESET brings together 4 partners from 4 EU Member States with a long-standing experience in the field of basic education and broad access to the target groups, in order to share good practice examples and work towards the professionalization of trainers and stakeholders in the field, by creating innovative teaching material. The project partners believe that the emancipatory and socially transforming claim on which the development of basic education was based, hast to be promoted. In this sense, RESET strives for a positive influence on the dominant social and political discourse at a European level, by addressing the participants’ resources and avoiding stereotyping and victimisation.
RESET develops and evaluates innovative methodologies and training material for the promotion of resilience within the field of literacy and basic education on various levels:
Elaborating a sound methodological framework (IO1) forms the starting point for all further project activities. RESET Methodology is aimed at all interested people in the field who wish to increase their knowledge about the importance of resilience in the context of basic education and gain thought-provoking impulses for dealing productively with the challenges faced by the target group.
A curriculum, building on the methodology of storytelling (IO2), and a toolbox, containing games and exercises to promote resilience (IO3) form the practical-oriented core of the tangible project outputs. Each exercise or game is linked to one or more key competence(s) of basic education, including communication and language skills, digital and civic competences. The exercises draw on innovative teaching methods, such as drama and game pedagogy, inviting participants to explore their personal wealth of ideas and express creativity.
Sustainability of the project results is guaranteed through an e-learning platform (IO 4) that allows for a broad dissemination of resilience-fostering methods for basic education trainers and offers audio context and exercises, promoting listening comprehension and digital skills of participants with basic educational needs.
The methods leading to the development of the activities and intellectual outputs include fact-finding missions, contextual analysis regarding the specific needs of the target group, and scientific research.
All developed methods and methodologies leave sufficient room for national particularities and different learning situations, ranging from formal to non-formal and informal settings, ensuring their transferability to a wide range of educational contexts and different member countries.
A staff training (LTTA) will enable educators of the cooperating institutions to multiply and share their training skills with educators and stakeholders. Multiplier events in each country promote the dissemination of the project results.