Two delegates from the Institute of Child Education & Psychology, Europe recently attended the 2nd Transnational Partner Meeting for the THRIVE Project hosted in the main offices of Verein Multikulturell in Innsbruck, Austria (15th and 16th May).
The THRIVE project aims to capture best practice amongst those working in second chance educational settings across Europe and combine this experiential expertise with research in resilience, neuroscience and trauma-sensitivity, with a view to producing a training programme designed to enhance the capacities of educators working with early school leavers. Through the implementation of the THRIVE programme, staff will be better equipped to maximize learners’ capacities to capitalize upon education, training and employment opportunities and build the resilience and wellbeing of the young people under their tutelage.
The 2nd Transnational Partner Meeting provided the THRIVE consortium members with an opportunity to discuss the national findings obtained within the field research phase of the project, which will be concluding at the end of June 2019. Representatives from CESIE (Italy), University of Malta, Verein Multikulturell (Austria), AESD (Romania) and ICEP Europe provided an overview of the preliminary results which emerged from the online educator surveys and focus groups conducted with both educators and young learners in the respective nations. Furthermore, partners considered how the priority needs of educators and learners within second chance settings, identified during this field research, will be utilized to inform the development phase of the THRIVE programme over the coming eight month period (July 2019 – February 2020).
The passion and drive of each of the THRIVE partners ensured that the 2nd Transnational Meeting was immensely productive in the establishment of a clear plan of action to tackle all upcoming THRIVE-related tasks, in addition to further strengthening the personal and professional relationships of the individuals working within the project consortium.
The 3rd Transnational Partner Meeting is scheduled for February 2020 in Palermo and will coincide with the five day Train The Trainers event, wherein the developed training materials will be trialed and refined within the THRIVE consortium.
If you would like to obtain further information regarding the THRIVE research project, please feel free to contact Dr. Grainne Hickey (Research and Projects Manager, ICEP Europe) at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our designated project website at www.thriveresearch.eu.
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