#hackAD aims, objectives and kick-off activities

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Our aims and objectives

In many European countries, the educational system is still not fully adapted to the use of new technologies and very often youngsters passively use digital content and tools. Different reports (e.g. NESET Reports and PISA data) on disadvantaged youth mention that this is a digital gap of a second degree: youngsters from disadvantaged background are not using the computer or other mobile devices to learn but are often busy with games and internet.

To address the identified challenges, the #hackAD project wants to foster digital skills and competences of young people from disadvantaged background through the implementation of collaborative educational activities based on the Social Hackademy co-creation methodology (general objective of the project).

hackAD specific objectives are the following:
– Empowering young people (age 16-29) from disadvantaged background in the acquisition and development of digital skills for finding digital solutions to social challenges through the setting up of Social Hackademy Labs and the organisation of a Social Hackathon in 4 European countries.
– Improving trainers’ capacity to foster digital skills of youth at risk of social and digital exclusion.

How are we going to do it?

The #hackAD project will adapt and upscale the identified good practices, testing it directly in 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Croatia and France) and disseminating and it also in Belgium and other EU countries. The upscaling strategy involves three main dimensions: a) widening the affected educational contexts through the creation of “Social Hackademy Labs” and multi-actor partnerships and teams (b) increasing the number of target groups directly involved in the project activities and (c) augmenting the participating countries and regions and adding a component of policy reach and influence activities from local to European level.

What’s next

After the kick-off meeting held in Brussels, the first stage of the project will adapt and improve the SHU methodology and develop content and tools to support its implementation.

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