PLACE Model tested and upgraded in the “SLUSIK” project
Brussels, Belgium, 27th June 2022
Centre for European Volunteering, in collaboration with 6 other partner organisations and universities based in Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Spain, Austria and Slovakia are currently implementing “SLUSIK: Service Learning Upscaling Social Inclusion for Kids”, a project co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Social Inclusion programme.
The main objective of the project is enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights. For this project, the consortia is using the Service Learning model already in place in the universities that are partners in the project, “scale it up” and “test” in cooperation with high schools in 5 countries and advocate for service learning to be part of the secondary school curriculum.
Over the period of implementation, the partners have engaged in a set of activities encompassing research, upscaling the PLACE model, Community of Practice engagement, advocacy and communication actions, as well as the SLUSIK curricula piloting in schools, which was recently concluded in 5 SLUSIK implementing countries (Spain, Ireland, Austria, Croatia, and Slovakia) thus concluding a crucial milestone in this multi-faceted project.
Gabriella Civico, Director of CEV mentioned: “Service learning curricula is a proven tool to enhance the civic competences and engagement of students in initiatives in their communities, contributing to the prevention of social exclusion. I am sure the project will produce an adaptable model and materials to be used across Europe both by policy makers and schools in different school contexts and situations”.
Optional for each partner: Marko Paunović, CEO of Out of the Box International emphasizes that “Civil Sector organisations and Educational institutions should cooperate more in order to create innovative and “up-to-date” educational practices able to enter state educational systems. “SLUSIK” project is a great example of cross-sectoral cooperation and we are very glad to be part of this initiative from its start”.
Both students and teachers found the piloting and testing the SLUSIK model experience to be very rewarding and engaging. Laura, one of the students from Croatia, pointed out that such activities are “a great way to get more confident and learn how to work in a group”. Teacher Sonja Doboviček also highlighted the collaborative dimension of the project. Colaiste Ioseaf, from Ireland, found the actions to be very effective as “the importance of connection with the community has never been more significant or needed”.
The SLUSIK Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, is led by the Malta Business Bureau (Malta) in collaboration with Out of the Box International (Belgium), Rijeka University (Croatia) , University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Granada (Spain), University College of Teacher Education, Vienna (Austria), Matej Bel University (Slovakia).
Optional: For more information on SLUSIK in your country, please contact Out of the Box International Office at email@example.com.
For more information, please consult the SLUSIK Website, https://www.slusik.eu/