READ OER in a nutshell
“OERs help improve education across the globe. They are important for developing countries, where many participants may not be able to afford textbooks, where access to classrooms may be limited, and where teacher-training programs may be lacking. They are also important in wealthy industrialized countries, where they can offer significant cost savings.”
The OER collects all the best practices tested during the project lifetime in order to increase the appeal of the educational path.
The consortium has developed educational activities to promote reading using art-based and non-formal approaches.
All inputs collected in this OER are targeted at youth workers, trainers, teachers or people interested in non–formal education who would like to implement these activities in their daily work. Moreover, it might serve as a stimulus to help them create and carry out new activities and strengthen a positive relation among youth and reading.
The activities you will find in this OER have been collected during the implementation of READ workshops and training courses.
Training Course on reading and creativity for non-formal education
The training course took place in Palermo (Italy) from March, 19th to March 25th 2017 and involved 30 youth workers and young people from all partner countries: Italy, Austria, Slovenia, India, and Kenya.
Participants have been trained on how to use non-formal education tools and innovative art-based methodologies to work with young people, especially disadvantaged youngsters, in order to increase their literacy level and improve children’s attitude towards reading and learning.
Participants have increased their awareness of the positive impact of a creative educational approach to reading, familiarised with new creative and non-formal methodologies to improve literacy skills of young people, developed competences in training and leading groups of young people.
Partners have also developed a Toolkit collecting all the activities carried out during the training course.
At the end of the course, most of the participants created local teams to develop activities based on the ones tested in Palermo. The activities have been piloted and implemented with young people of the local communities in order to get feedback and understand their efficacy.
Local Educational Activities
Local teams made up of youth workers and young people interested in READ topics have been set up in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, India, and Kenya.
Each group has designed, developed and implemented activities aimed at promoting reading among young people through non-formal education and art-based methodologies.
Local activities can be divided in three main phases:
- Creative-reading lab: meetings among local team members aimed at developing the educational activities to be implemented with young people from the local communities.
- Local Educational Activities: local teams have implemented and piloted the activities developed by local teams with young people in their communities, paying special attention to socially disadvantaged youth.
- Local Contest: having implemented their activities, local teams had the opportunity to present their work to the whole community. A panel selected the most interesting activities and the winning team could participate in the final event of the project: READ Final Workshop & Festival.
Final Workshop & Festival
The final event of READ project was held in Vienna (Austria): a 7-day event during which the winning local teams shared their READ journey and developed new activities so as to promote reading among young people.
The first days were characterized by workshops aimed at providing participants with additional tools and methodologies to be used in their work with disadvantaged youth, while giving them the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and interact with participants with different backgrounds.
Finally, during READ Festival, the project team introduced READ learning journey, sharing local experiences and project outputs developed in Vienna.