The school’s corner
Do you want to know why schools decided to engage with the CATCH-EyoU project and participate to the WP9 intervention? Watch the video- interview with Anders Thunberg and Mikael Hellgren, teachers at the Alléskolan (Sweden)
The Consortium meeting, August 2016
The third consortium meeting took place in Brno, in August. We spent two full days at Masaryk University. The Czech team welcomed us in a prestigious University building, right in the city centre. Brno is a vibrant city, the weather in August is warm and sunny, and people don’t miss the chance to enjoy its parks, its cafès, its surrounding… and its beer! And so we did, but rigorously in the evening, when the worktime was off! The meeting was really dense: it was not easy to summarize the enormous job and tasks accomplished and the results that were achieved: 40% of the deliverables (due in three years) were prepared in time to be submitted within the deadlines (31 of August, for some team members this meant delaying summer holidays!), hundreds of pages written (and shared and read and discussed) meanwhile preparing for the next research challenges! Two WPs came to an end: Pina Lalli, Jakub Macek and their teams did a great job on media analysis and concluded WP5 with really interesting findings that provide some significant insight on how youth are (not?) spoken about in traditional press (if you want to find more, have a look at the newsletter page on WP5, here). Erik Amna provided an articulated analysis of perspectives of policy makers on youth and youth policies, that concluded WP3. Guess what? The importance recognized to EU as a relevant actor for national youth policies varies across countries, while there are no differences across borders in seeing employment as the cornerstone for (youth) emancipation and social inclusion (but if you want to know more, have a look at the newsletter page on WP3, here).
Other WPs concluded some of their key tasks (e.g., the textbook analysis was completed, the pilot for the longitudinal study was terminated, a first integrative review of the literature was produced) and other were just launched. One of the most intense and “energy” consuming discussion at the meeting concerned the questionnaire for the longitudinal study: how to translate a huge list of research question into an items’ list, rich enough to capture all the information needed but not that long to discourage young people from answering? The representative of the IYP gave some suggestions from the youth perspective, all the teams provided their views, and now the WP7 leaders are finalizing the instrument, trying to include all the suggestions, doubts and ideas that the consortium agreed on (it’s a tremendous task, but they will succeed!). As soon as the questionnaire will be ready, also the WP9 intervention will be able to begin (teachers are eager to start and involve students in a participatory research project) and its first results will be presented in Athens, at the first CATCH-EyoU conference by students themselves. The next consortium meeting will be in Athens, just before the Conference. We hope to see you there…but if you are not able to join us, follow us on the next newsletter issue.