The FOLM project determined that the Outdoor Learning model can activate to advance their life and professional skills to become confident and active citizens. We address the main challenge of youth who are disengaged in education, training or employment, by providing a stimulating and innovative means for them to recognize their strengths/talents, strengthen soft skills, build self-esteem/self-awareness and fortify attitudes for employment. The programme will engage 990 NEETs in Warmia-Masuria (Poland), Cantabria (Spain) and Mid West Region (Ireland) by transferring the experience from the University of Edinburgh’s “Model for social and personal growth through Outdoor Learning” to the target countries. Through the programme participants will recognize talents, strengthen soft skills, build self-esteem and fortify attitudes for employment. NEETs will then build their professional career paths, learn about labour changes and prepare for job seeking. Finally, we will provide job-matching through outreach to employers’ organisations, promotion, mentoring and trail employment. To date, more than 15 events were organised with around 2,000 participants. Outdoor Learning method has attracted interest of Spanish and Polish governments for further dissemination – 2 new Outdoor Learning Centers are planned to be open in 2022 in Poland and Spain.

Target groups:

  • Young people not in employment, education or training
    in Warmia-Masuria (Poland), Cantabria (Spain) and the Mid West Region (Ireland)

Project Partners:

CountryProject partner statusInstitutionType of institutionCity
PolandLead partnerCenter for Innovative EducationNGOWarsaw
IrelandBeneficiary partnerLimerick Institute of TechnologyPublicLimerick
PolandBeneficiary partnerFood Bank in OlsztynNon-profitOlsztyn
SpainBeneficiary partnerGeneral Directorate for Youth and International Co- operation – Council for Education, Culture and Sport – Autonomous Government of CantabriaPublicSantander
SpainBeneficiary partnerFemxa GroupPrivatePontevedra
UKExpertise partnerOutdoor & Environmental Education Moray House School of Education University of EdinburghNGOEdinburgh
UKExpertise partnerThe Venture TrustNGOEdinburgh

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