The second partnership meeting for the project CARMA – RMA and other non-formal learning methods for Student Motivation took place in Murcia, Spain on the 19th and 20th September 2016, hosted by the University of Murcia.

CARMA focuses on the introduction of non-formal learning practices and collaborative learning within school education to transform classroom practices and address challenges in school education.

During the second partnership meeting, partners reviewed the project’s progress and outcomes achieved so far including the results from the desk based research and surveys carried out in each country. The desk based research investigated trends and statistics on Early School Leaving, best practices in collaborative teaching and learning and national frameworks to support teacher assessment. The online survey which has collected more than 1100 respondents of which are teachers, students, parents and stakeholders across the 7 countries of the partnership: Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Belgium, Portugal and Austria, explored and identified specific needs faced by schools and sought to gain a deeper knowledge on how to adapt non-formal learning methods to each school system.

Partners also made the final preparations for the European Workshop for Collaborative Competences for Teachers which will take will take place in Palermo from 3rd – 7th October coordinated by CESIE.

 The workshop will bring together 26 teachers and 7 non-formal learning experts from Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Belgium, Portugal and Austria as well contributions from trainers, the CARMA EU Schools Policy Expert Gianna Cappello, Serge Algoet from UNESCO schools and President of CSC Danilo Dolci, Amico Dolci, to learn and explore learn and explore a range of different non-formal learning techniques selected by the partnership and the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach (RMA) of Danilo Dolci as an assessment tool to monitor learners progress.

The next phase of the project will see all the teachers, with specialist support from the national non-formal learning experts, test and deliver a range of different non-formal learning techniques and RMA within the school environment and specifically in the classroom with their students.

Importantly, through the evaluation of the testing activities in the schools, CARMA will foster key support in the transfer of evidence based results to key recommendations to influence policy in school education across the 7 countries.

The CARMA project is co-funded by Erasmus+ KA3: Support for policy reform, Prospective Initiatives Forward-Looking Cooperation Project and addresses the promotion of “innovative, collaborative teaching and learning” within school education.  CARMA is a 30 month project that takes place from 1st January 2016 – 31st May 2018.

The CARMA partnership has a diverse collection of 7 organisations working within the teaching and education sector including; CESIE (Italy) – Project Coordinator, the University of Murcia (Spain), Pistes-Solidaires (France), Asist Ogretim Kurumlari A.S. – DOGA (Turkey), University College Leuven – UC Leuven (Belgium), INOVA+ (Portugal) and Verein Multikulturell (Austria).

For further information about the project please visit www.carma-project-eu, or alternatively contact Rosina Ndukwe: rosina.ndukwe@cesie.org

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