Title Crossing the Line: Eurospectives
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163-272
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Crossing the Line: Eurospectives (CtL) project developed and adapted an innovative product ‘Crossing the Line’ developed in the UK to other European countries to highlight the issues affecting young people. CtL comprises of a DVD product and accompanying workbooks which will provide innovative tools to increase the competencies of trainers in vocational education and training (VET) working with young people.
Summary The Crossing the Line: Eurospectives (CtL) project developed and adapted an innovative product ‘Crossing the Line’ developed in the UK to other European countries to highlight the issues affecting young people, providing a European perspective on youth culture, disengagement and engagement. The new product is called ‘Crossing the Line: Eurospectives’ (CtL) and comprises of a DVD product and accompanying workbooks. The CtL product provides innovative tools to increase the competencies of trainers in vocational education and training (VET) working with young people. Importantly, the project engaged with at risk young people in a positive activity to address issues of community cohesion and to build better understanding between different groups, specifically ethnic and faith groups. As a result CtL provided a European perspective on Youth Culture, disengagement and engagement and relevant to the needs of VET Trainers workign with young people in different teaching environments.
The proposal seeks to transfer an understanding for trainers using a DVD-based in the UK and art performances based innovative to improve their understanding and skills for the job. Disadvantaged youth expereincing a range of different social problems in the partner countries have been targeted.
Crossing the Line: Eurospectives highlights the issues affecting young people in each participating country, the target product trainers working with youth. The project involves at-risk youth in a positive activity to address issues of community cohesion and build understanding between different groups, especially ethnic and faith. CtL provides a European perspective of the youth culture, disengagement and engagement.
The product provides tools CtL innovative to increase the skills of trainers in education and training (VET) by working with young people.
Five countries form the European Partnership (two in the UK) and consisted of the following organizations:
• Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH), United Kingdom
• Urbeatz, United Kingdom
• EURO-Formation, Bulgaria
• ROC Midden Nederland, Netherlands
• Association for Education and Sustainable Development (ESDA), Romania
• CESIE - Centro Studi Europeo ed Iniziative, Italy
The partnership has undertaken primary research in each country to identify issues affecting young people with young people and trainers. The partnership combined the issues of youth relations with the state, services and relationships with other young people and identified the common ground between European countries. This resulted in four main themes overall.
• Safety and comfort in the neighborhood
• Social Integration
• Culture and Identity
The partnership also undertook secondary research to identify strategies in place identified by the national governments of partner countries.
The Crossing the Line: Eurospectives (CtL) products includes a DVD and accompanying online and learning materials designed to provide a valuable tool for the primary target group of VET trainers working with youth.
The product provides educators with innovative materials to offer a different approach to enable their customers (youth) to develop a range of transferable skills and key skills.
CTL has created and developed tools to understand the situation of young people in partner countries and the identification and development of innovative approaches to the training of youth workers. Because of the factors above, CTL has high European added value as it clearly related to the European policy agenda and to increase the skills of teachers and trainers in VET.
Access for disadvantaged
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Human Health and Social Work Activities
material for open learning
audio or video cassettes
The main products of Crossing the Line: Eurospectives is a DVD and accompanying workbooks which VET trainers can utilise these products to explore a range of issues with the young people they work with.
The CtL DVD is a 6-film DVD Box Set which features 5 individual films and a summary documentary film. 5 films were produced across the 5 countries which made up the European partnership. These films showed informal activities, art based performances, interviews and group discussions with young people, VET trainers, community representatives and the Police and footage of the local areas the films where based on. The summary documentary film provides an overview of the different themes explored in the main CtL DVD by bringing together footage from all five partner films. The documentary is also used as an “e-Lecture” to promote the project at various local, national and European e-platforms and networks introducing the project to VET Trainers, educators and organisations. The DVD is fully subtitled in all 5 partner languages, English, Bulgarian, Dutch, Romanian and Italian.
The Workbook (handbook) provides information on the issues affecting young people and solutions identified by young people themselves. The purpose of the handbook is to provide VET trainers with an understanding of young people’s perspective of peer relationships, culture and society.
Workbook One highlights learning outcomes to provide competencies and a European perspective on Youth Culture, disengagement and engagement which will provide hope and clarity to the issues that individual countries and communities are facing and explored in the CtL DVD.
Workbook Two is a collection of online learning materials on the project website providing a further resource for VET Trainers. VET trainers will also be to use the workbooks alongside the DVD to explore a range of issues with the young people they work with.