ENGAGE

Engaging Rural Youth (ENGAGE) is a 29 month project aiming at supporting rural youth (12-14 years old) getting involved with rural development. The objective is to equip young people in rural communities in Europe with the necessary tools, competences and skills for them to actively participate in future decision making in their communities and have a meaningful engagement with stakeholders and implementation of various actions related to rural development.

Outputs

ENGAGE intellectual outputs will include the ENGAGE training course curriculum, Handbook for teachers, Pilot training and Assessment tools:

O1: ENGAGE training course curriculum is a pedagogical framework for a four-week training course were participants will discuss topics related to rural development, the revitalization and sustainability of rural communities. They will then, both individually and in groups, develop innovative ideas to strengthen their own communities. The ENGAGE curriculum provides a framework for the pilot implementation of the ENGAGE training course. This includes definition of course objectives, learning outcomes, themes, context, organization, outcome evaluation and assessment. The curriculum is an open educational resource that can be applied by primary schools and teachers outside the ENGAGE partnership. 

O2: ENGAGE training Handbook is based upon the curriculum, it provides guidelines for teachers which explains the background of the course, pedagogical strategy and methods for implementation and guidelines and activities related to discussion of themes, the development of innovative projects (entrepreneurship activities) and setting up youth decision-making bodies. This output will also include teachers workshops, where curriculum and handbook will be presented, discussed and piloted within the teachers group. 

O3: ENGAGE pilot training will be implemented in two phases that is Spring and Autumn semesters 2021. Including summaries on pilot implementation, perhaps a list of and links to courses agendas/information in each country … hosted on partner websites? 

O4: ENGAGE assessment framework and analytical report:  Including practical assessment tools as well as assessment of the ENGAGE process and outputs.

Discussions

The ENGAGE team welcomes you to our website. Here will we publish our outputs, youth training workshops and their assessment.

Training activities

Following ENGAGE educational workshops will be held in partner countries in relation to transnational partner meetings:

C1  ENGAGE “Environment and education” workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland: The aim of the activity is to give participants insights into innovation and entrepreneurial education and the importance of focusing on sustainability, creativity and focusing on the development of entrepreneurship competences, particularly in rural communities.  

C2 ENGAGE “Well being” educational workshop in Finland: The aim of the activity is to give participants an opportunity to discuss a topic close to the heart of many young people, their well-being. Participants will work in small groups to identify challenges and come up with solutions focused on two guiding topics: “living” and “learning”. 

C3  ENGAGE “Out-migration from rural communitie” workshop in Latvia : The aim of the activity is to give participants an opportunity to discuss a topic important for reversing the current trend of out-migration from rural communities and how to get young people involved with rural development. Participants will work in small groups to identify challenges and come up with solutions focused on two guiding topics: “living” and “learning”. 

C4 ENGAGE “Fostering inclusion, schools and communities” workshop in Sweden : The aim of the activity is to give participants an opportunity to discuss a topic linked to fostering inclusion and creating an inclusive school and community environment. During the activity the participants will work in groups to identify challenges and come up with solutions focused on three guiding topics: “living”, “learning” and “working” in rural areas.