YouthProAktiv, together with partners from Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey, successfully implemented the project “Maker education tools to improve entrepreneurial skills for disadvantaged youth groups”.
The project was held in Madrid from the 13th to the 18th of June, 2021, and it gathered 24 participants, from 8 different organizations and countries.
The project offered a transformational approach to teaching and learning that attends to the real and relevant needs of learners through maker education. It is an approach that positions the learners’ interest at the center, asking them to become more aware of the design of the world around them and begin to see themselves as people who can tinker, hack and improve that design.
Maker education has been proven to be an indispensable methodology for entrepreneurial learning. Building on the work of educational theorists like Jean Piaget (constructivism) and Seymour Papert (constructionism), maker-centered learning develops awareness through interactive, open-ended, learner-driven, multi-disciplinary experiences that encourage the development of diverse skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking. In maker-centered learning environments, learners imagine, design, and create projects that align the content of learning with hands-on application.
Participants had a chance to learn about maker education & its benefits in a non-formal education from Mr. Santi Fuentemilla, Future Learning Lead from the Fab Lab Barcelona. Furthermore, Ms. Eva Hollauf from the Salzburg Research Institute presented the DOIT project to kick of the week of maker education workshops based on the DOIT toolkit!
Throughout the week, participants were developing their innovative socially inclusive project ideas within 3 international groups. Three chosen project ideas were:
- “EyeLite” glasses with light signals for people with hearing disabilities
- Phone application “Gestures for everyone” with the aim of inclusion of people with hearing disabilities
- C.I.V.I.L. Society – Children inclusive volunteerism to inspire learning in society
According to the final evaluation, participants rated the following the project with the following numbers:
“Through this training I explored new ways to include maker education, methodologies, and tools within the scope of youth work and non-formal education”. – 9,0
“This training boosted my professional competences on maker education methodologies, and tools applied to potential future work with disadvantaged youth groups”. – 9,0
“This training boosted my professional & personal competences as to better comprehend, understand and emphasize with the disadvantaged youngsters”. – 9,05
“Through this training I learned how to develop activities based on maker education to be implemented in work with disadvantaged youngsters; directly targeting at boosting their entrepreneurial skills as a pre-requisite to boost youth employment and avoid the risk of poverty, marginalization, and radicalization”. – 9,2
“I believe that this training will increase the quality of my youth work as it will allow me to ensure that the available tools and means to develop my work are successfully used and implemented”. – 9,1
“The training has created a space for the exchange of best practices that will help me to better identify successful initiatives/projects in favor of my main disadvantaged young target groups in the future”. – 9,05
“The training has increased the capacity of my national youth organisation to operate transnationally and has enabled the establishment of strong and long-lasting partnerships with other youth organisations”. – 9,3