Introduction

“See Me” is an Erasmus Intensive Programme on youth work and creativity. The programme is coordinated by Tampere University of Applied Sciences (FIN) and the partners are from Nordhausen Fachhochschule from Germany, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences from Lithuania, University Pablo de Olavide and Autonomous University of Barcelona from Spain, ELTE University from Hungary, HAN University of Applied Sciences from the Netherlands and HAMK University of Applied Sciences from Finland.

See Me! has been organized two times, in May 2013 in Tampere. and in May 2014 in Barcelona.  Each course lasted two weeks joining together each time about 60 students and 15 teachers from all participating institutes. Students also do some pre- and post-assignments for the course.

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The objective of the IP is to study comparatively the situation and life challenges of different youth groups (drop outs, young immigrants) in partner countries and to compare the services provided for these groups. The general theme of the IP is to study how to stop and intervene with the starting social exclusion process in education and in labour market. What are the solutions found in partner countries and what can we learn from them? How is the situation different or similar? What do the youngsters themselves feel and how they see their situation and needs? The comparative study is done used both literature and research but also via case studies and study visits.

The other half of the IP concentrates on learning and applying different creative methods (e.g. drama, social media, photography, art, dance, music) in working with youth.  The skills learned are put in practice in the joint event with young people for a one day event  “See me – Surprise You!” with different kind of performances and exhibitions.

The objective is that the students learn not only theoretically and “on paper” but actually learn how to work with young people in an interactive way by using creative methods. The ultimate objective is also that by the IP the participating organizations and youngsters will have an international learning experience as well.

From this blog you can get access to presentations and workshops and can read and see reflections from the course via texts, pictures and videos.’

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Ulla-Maija Koivula, principal lecturer, course coordinator

Tampere University of Applied Sciences