EMPowering schools' Action fostering Teachers' Innovation, empathy & Support within the Educational community

Goal of the project

The project aims to reduce school drop-out rates and low basic skills among students based in rural and disadvantaged areas through empowerment and capacity building aimed at high school teachers and adolescent educators. Through an innovative and tailored programme based on learning-by-doing and bottom-up and community-based approaches, the project will strengthen the skills of teachers, transforming them into agents of change in the current education system.

Who is it for?

The project, implemented simultaneously in Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal, is aimed at:

  • High school teachers
  • Educators
  • Staff of local public authorities (such as educational institutions, social services offices of local administrations)
  • Actors of the educational community (sports associations, NGOs, civil society organisations, etc.)


The project aims to promote both the empowerment of teachers and educators and the resilience of local communities through 3 main actions:

  1. Training: After an initial exchange of educational best practices and identification of learning and practical needs currently faced by teachers, open educational resources will be co-developed and tested. Participating teachers and educators will be able to improve their competences and learn new ways of delivering teaching and increase student’s motivation through a highly formative and interactive course that aims to develop skills and soft skills useful for the engagement of disadvantaged learners.
  2. Development & Test pilot of educating communities: the participants, supported by the resources developed by the project, will co-develop new models of educating communities connecting schools, public bodies and private organisations working with adolescents in order to share material and non-material resources during and after the end of the project. The workshop and co-design activities will feed into a Toolbox for the development of educating communities which will include educational resources and practical tools for the development of models of cooperation between the key actors of educational community interactions.
  3. Co-design and development of an ” Individual paths open dashboard “: Through the exchange of know-how between the actors of each local educational community and the co-design of a tool dedicated to student empowerment, an “Individual paths open dashboard”, an interactive digital tool dedicated to the development of individualised paths for students, will be developed and tested. The dashboard will interactively provide tools and methodologies for the shared creation of development and engagement paths customised to the student’s profile.


10 high school teachers trained by the project activities
6 educators from organisations working in the educational, sports and/or cultural sector involved and trained during the project
3 operators from local public administrations involved in the development of educational communities and trained on the co-programming and co-design of interventions dedicated to the fight against educational poverty
10 students indirectly involved in the co-design, testing and validation of the new educational tools and resources developed by the project


Fondazione Comunitaria di Agrigento e Trapani (coordinator), Italy
PLATON M.E.P.E., Greece


The project (n° 2022-1-IT02-KA220-SCH-000089811) was selected and co-funded by the Erasmus Plus programme and the Agenzia Nazionale Giovani under the Erasmus+ KA220 – Cooperation partnerships in school education


For more information on the project or to participate you can contact Mariacristina Morsellino

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