M-EASY: Improving the Integration of low-Skilled Adults through Developing Mathematical Skills and Community Support
Project No: 2017-1-LT01-KA204-035129.
The main coordinator: Social Innovation Fund, Lithuania.
Participating countries: Austria, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, Poland.
Funding: EC Erasmus + programme, KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.
OECD PISA study (2012) shows that 22% of the citizens of the EU countries are low-achievers in maths and this number varies significantly across different countries: 15% in Poland, 19% in Austria, 23% in Italy, 26% in Lithuania and 42% in Cyprus. Furthermore, in 2015, around 60% of young adults (early school-leavers, low-skilled) were either unemployed or inactive. The EU acknowledges that the growth of economics and the level of employment depend on adults’ participation in learning and the quality of adult educators’ work. However, the adults’ involvement in lifelong learning is rather low and in 2015 it was only 10.7%.
There is a great need over the European Union to increase engagement of the local communities in motivating low-skilled adults including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, to learn in order to foster their inclusion and integration. Thus, the project M-EASY has two aims:
to supply high quality ICT-based learning opportunities for improving basic mathematical skills of low-skilled adults including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants;
to raise awareness of the local communities about the importance of educational help for low-skilled adults including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.