Steering Group Meeting 3 - Rotterdam
On 15 and 16 October the partners from Riga and Oslo came to Rotterdam for the third European project meeting for the project “Partnership Achieving Communities Tackling Early School Leaving” within the European Union “Erasmus+” Education, Training, Youth and Sport programme.
The first day took place at the premises of the city of Rotterdam in the building ‘The Rotterdam’ where everybody could enjoy the wonderful view over the city. The highlight of the day was an inspiring presentation by Iliass El Hadioui about the Transformational School intervention. El Hadioui is lecturer at the Erasmus University and author of an essay about the relationship between street and school culture (‘how the street enters the school’). This theoretical approach embraces several triangles of pedagogical and linguistic spheres and match or mismatch between parental, school and street codes. In case children are surrounded by parental, peer group, school/educational with the same codes and language, there is a match of pedagogy. If e.g. street codes take over impacts of school and family, a clash of codes appear, and street codes can enter the codes of school.
After El Hadioui, each country presented its existing work already done on the three main outputs of the project. After the lunch at the historical place Hotel New York, the participants of the project worked in groups in round tables as critical friends discussing what was already achieved and providing feedback on the challenges still to be met. So, that we can deliver the output at the end of the project.
The second day started at the Marnix Gymnasium School. In the morning the usual project updates were discussed. The main part of this day was the afternoon. After a short school presentation, we had a walk around and outside the school, to see the student mentoring at work, and being able to ask some questions already to the youth participating in the first group. The youth of the Marnix School presented two ways the school has pupil participation, the senate and pupils federation. The day ended with a dialogue with a mentor and mentee of the mentoring project, where we all were touched by story of the mentor, why he was doing this mentoring. It was a fruitful meeting, where everybody gained insights.