About the project

Every European country has a group of "youth left behind". They are mainly young people who never fully engaged with a formal path of education, they may come from an immigrant background and/or live in disadvantaged areas.

Their situation has become even more difficult with the economic crisis that currently affects many countries in Europe. Youth at Risk are now experiencing multiple barriers to accessing either the labour market or staying engaged in education and are at a high risk of the exclusion from the EU labour market.

It is believed that the use of new technologies, especially online and mobile, may help to re-engage Youth at Risk - opening new channels in traditional education - rather than the "chalk and talk" sessions that may be one of the reasons they are becoming disengaged.

The use of these technologies is also part of the modern world of work and employment. They open up avenues for job-seeking, information etc. but they also add to the student's skill sets and may help them in future employment and/or training environments.

The eFuture project aims to develop new methods for the use of ICTs, Web 2.0 and Mobile Learning which mainstream education and training providers can adopt to support large numbers of Youth at Risk to improve their capacity to enter the labour market and/or to progress within further education.

The Project objectives are as follows :

  1. to develop a model and innovative programmes based on constructivist pedagogies, which mainstream education and training providers can implement to transform engagement and learning outcomes for youth at risk.
  2. to pilot the model, programmes and tutor support tools within mainstream delivery mechanisms for youth at risk
  3. to disseminate the project and its outcomes to promote the wide adoption of the mode by mainstream education and training providers