About the project

Inclusion with social education

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COSI.ed will uspcale the proven good practice from the Erasmus+ project; Marginalisation and Co-created Education (MaCE) in five different countries and educational contexts representing Southern (Portugal and Spain), Eastern (Poland) and Northern Europe (Norway and Denmark).

The model builds on the understanding that educational staff and the students co-create as part of a community of practice. Here the experts (educators) and the beginner (students) work side by side, learning together and developing knowledge and competence. By using the embedded methodology, the Indirect Approach (IA) and Equality Literacy (EQL), the co-creating entails communication giving voice to vulnerable students to understand their story (IA), and through this- identifying aspect of the young disadvantaged students’ situation that hinder their further learning (EQL). The young people learn about themselves, how to excel, the educational staff develop skills and understanding to socially include the young people. The initial hypothesis is that co-created education and training in which disadvantaged learners take part, educational staff, stakeholders and policymakers will contribute to educational and social inclusion of those groups who are usually marginalized.

The expectation is that the upscaling of the COSI.ed model to policy level will empower groups of disadvantaged young people all over Europe, radically increasing their educational success and completion rate and give European educational staff the knowledge and skills to social include vulnerable young people of all ages.

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Deliverables & Toolkits

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Co-created Education through Social Inclusion (COSI.ed) Project. Application to European Commission

This document contains the information and planning of the project. Specifically, the application to the call EACEA/34/2019 Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education and training is attached in order to apply for project funding.

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Output 7.1. Dissemination and Exploitation Plan

This document will guide the COSI.ed partners in disseminating project objectives and activities, ensuring visibility on a wide scale, raising awareness about the project topics and promoting the exploitation of the project’s results. It intends to identify and involve project target groups and key stakeholders interested in the project results at local, regional, national and European level.

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Cosi.ed_Good Practice in VET toolkit for tackling early leaving. Cedefop

The COSI.ed project is already published in CEDEFOP as a good practice. The information of our project is now part of the VET toolkit for tackling early leaving. Source of support to policy makers and education and training providers. You can find more information here: https://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/tools/vet-toolkit-tackling-early-leaving/resources/co-created-education-through-social-inclusion-cosied

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Output 3.3. Role models interview young people. Indirect Approach

This output describes the use of the Indirect Approach in the entities and institutions of the 5 countries in which the methodology has been implemented. It shows the target population and objectives, the implementation process, the results obtained and the proposals for improvement.

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Output 4.2. Toolkit COSI.ed. Set of instruments for data collection and the impact measurement

Toolkit COSI.ed Set of instruments for data collection and the impact measurement This toolkit is an output (O4.2) created as part of work package 4 'Developing the European COSI.ed MODEL'. Its aim is to present the set of instruments prepared and used for data collection and the impact measurement of the COSI.ed model during two implementation cycles in 6 different institutions in 5 project countries. A set of tools was developed to measure the impact of the regional models on the target groups in relation to the objectives established. The tools describe standardised data collection procedures and indicators, both qualitative (referred to as “soft” indicators) and quantitative (referred to as “hard” indicators).

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Output 4.4. European COSI.ed Model

This report documents the procedures, process, and results of the analysis of regional models, implemented in the five project Co-created Education through Social Inclusion (COSI.ed) countries, leading to the development of a transferable European model. It draws upon the findings and insights presented in the reports from each participating country.

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Output 5.5- POLICY BRIEF-Promoting Social Inclusion: Promising Educational Practices from COSI.ed

This brief seeks to upscale successful practices and European common values, by exploring strategies to foster social innovation, inclusion, and equality within educational institutions. This effort ensures that young learners with disadvantaged backgrounds will find their place in education, training and/or work. This policy brief outlines effective strategies for promoting social inclusion and addressing early leaving from education and training across Europe, drawing on transformative insights from the COSI.ed project. Anchored in three key political/pedagogical dimensions—co-creation, indirect approach, and equality literacy—the project unveils pathways for cultivating shared values among partner countries Denmark, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Central to COSI.ed is the principle that co-created education empowers young people, enhancing both their educational attainment and social inclusion. By leveraging the diverse educational landscapes of partner countries, COSI.ed fosters collaboration among a wide array of stakeholders, including teachers, trainers, and the broader community, reducing power imbalances between practitioners and learners. Additionally, the project aims to influence national and institutional social inclusion policies, extending its model and experiences to new target groups, contexts, and regions, with the ultimate goal of establishing a sustainable policy applicable across Europe.

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Output 5.3. Leaflet-Promoting the Use of COSI.ed Model in Inclusive Education and Youth Policies

This leaflet aims to highlight the key findings of national policy analysis, as well as key policy guidelines for social inclusion and inclusive education in Europe. The current policies from Denmark, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain were analysed, throughout documents (such as recommendations, conventions, declarations, legislation, and reports) from transnational, national and local organisations.

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Output 5.3. Report on educational and youth policies for social inclusion

This output reports the analysis of national and regional education and youth policies concerning social inclusion and inclusive education to foster discussion on how the COSI.ed model and policy recommendations can fit or contribute to follow goals of health and well-being, social cohesion, multiculturalism, and active citizenship foreseen in the existing policies. It includes a report and a brochure.

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Output 5.4. POLICY BRIEF-Transformative Power of Inclusive Education to Prevent Early Leaving from Education and Training

This policy brief is intended at discovering the transformative power of inclusive education by highlighting innovative practices to prevent early leaving from education and training (ELET). Drawing from the rich experiences and insights of the COSI.ed project, we delve into fostering common values across five European countries, aimed at ensuring every young person has their place in society, especially those in conditions of vulnerability and at risk of school disengagement. At the heart of COSI.ed lies the assumption that co-created education and training empowers young people, increasing their educational and social inclusion as a result. Based on the vibrant educational landscapes of Denmark, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, COSI.ed charts pathways towards inclusivity, fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders (young people, teachers, trainers, broader community) to uplift learners in conditions of inequality. Through co-created approaches, the project challenges traditional power dynamics, amplifying voices of young people and educators both as informants and co-researchers. This policy brief explores opportunities and challenges in reducing power differentials between professionals in the field and young people, addressing the needs of young people aged 15-25, and creating social innovation within educational organisations (HEI and schools). Focused on scaling up promising practices, COSI.ed offers insights from national and local experiences, prioritising diversity and fostering dialogue among countries, policies, and practices.

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Output 4.5. Printable version COSI.ED European Model

Printable version of the COSI.ed Model

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Output 4.1_Reports on analysis of regional COSI.ed models

This package of reports is an output (O4.1) created as part of work package 4 'Developing the European COSI.ed MODEL'. Its aim is to present the regional COSI.ed models developed in 5 countries. The development of models is linked to the implementation and adaptation of the MaCE model in selected institutions working with children and young people at risk of dropping out of the education system. The publication is based on an analysis of the model's implementation experience and a process of multi-stage reflection on its practical and theoretical implications by the national partners, which were subsequently compiled and described using a common tool (Regional model template).

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What we want to achieve

Project objectives

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1. Upscale model

1. Upscale model

To upscale COSI.ed model to regional institutions in 5 new countries (Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Poland and Spain) by the end of the project period

2. Reduce Early Leaving

2. Reduce Early Leaving

To significantly reduce Early Leaving from Education and Training at different levels of the education system in the test arenas.

3. Increase education stay

3. Increase education stay

To increase the percentage of students to complete/stay in education when compared to groups in the same education pathways WITHOUT the COSI.ed methodology (based on the national, regional or local statistics)

4. Improve collaboration

4. Improve collaboration

To develop collaborative methods of co-researching and co-creating with youth, educational staff, researchers, stakeholders and policymakers

5. Development more inclusive education

5. Development more inclusive education

Contribute to the development of a more inclusive and egalitarian educational model adapted to the needs and society of today

6. Redesign model for wide applicability

6. Redesign model for wide applicability

Redesign the current model to be applicable in the different social and geographical contexts of Europe, in different disciplinary areas and in different types of institutions by providing effective tools, guidelines and scientific evidence

7. Model inclusion in education policies

7. Model inclusion in education policies

Work with and towards policymakers at different levels to implement the methodology at the systemic level in order to include the model in future inclusive education policies

What we pursue

Our goals

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Prevention of Early Leaving from Education and Training

Prevention of Early Leaving from Education and Training

Co-created education through Social Inclusion

Co-created education through Social Inclusion

Improving youth educational and employment pathways

Improving youth educational and employment pathways

Developing a more inclusive and egalitarian educational model

Developing a more inclusive and egalitarian educational model

Checkout our progress

Last research results

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COSI.ed Project Team. (2023). Co-created Education through Social Inclusion (COSI.ed)- Challenges and strengths of upscaling inclusive practices in European contexts to develop European policy. Abstracts ECER 2023 Conference, Glasgow. https://bit.ly/3VlxwE3

Quintana-Murci, E., Salvà-Mut, F., Pinya Medina, C., Vecina Merchante, C., Thomàs-Vanrell, C., Rosselló- Rosselló, C. & Vilasís-Pamos, J.. (2023). Co-creation and indirect approach as a methodology to improve student engagement in initial and continuing VET. In, V. Tūtlys, L. Vaitkutė & C. Nägele (Eds.), Vocational Education and Training Transformations for Digital, Sustainable and Socially Fair Future. Proceedings of the 5th Crossing Boundaries Conference in Vocational Education and Training, Kaunas, 25 – 26 May (pp. 373–381). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7822156

Quintana-Murci, E., Thomàs-Vanrell, C., & Vecina-Merchante, C. (2022). La cocreación como metodología de intervención socioeducativa en centros de formación ocupacional. In, D. Cobos-Sanchiz, E. López-Meneses, A. Jaén-Martínez, A.H. Martín-Padilla & L. Molina-García (Eds.), Educación Y Sociedad: Pensamiento e Innovación para la Transformación Social (pp.1611-1621). Dykinson. https://bit.ly/3Vo2dZC

Event updates

Last events

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15
May
2024
Final Conference Co-creating with youth for social inclusion
Venue: Brussels
Schedule: 15 May 2024 9:00 AM (Paris time)
Event organiser: Cosi.ed project

Save the date!!!!

We have the pleasure of announcing you our Conference Co-creating with Youth for Social Inclusion which will be held on the 15th of May 2024 (9:00-13:30) in Brussels at the YERUN office. Participation will be free but with online registration at https://nettskjema.no/a/391916

This is the final conference of the Erasmus+ KA3 project COSI.ed - “Co-created Education through Social Inclusion” where 11 partners from 5 countries (Spain, Norway, Portugal, Poland, and Denmark) have tried out and developed a model of education for promoting the social inclusion of children and youth in danger of being socially excluded.

At the conference, you will be presented with the model and a policy brief, as well as getting the chance to learn more about the model and its use as well as meet both researchers and practitioners and hear about their experiences. There will be ample opportunity to discuss with the participants in the project as well as networking with the people present.

Program:

09:00-09.30     Opening session and project overview

09.30- 10.45    Cosi.ed model and recommendations

10:45 – 11:15 Break, some food, coffee and tea

11:15 – 13:00  Round table with COSI.ed participants and invited stakeholders

13:00 – 13:30  Debate and concluding remarks

Invited stakeholders:

Martin Bogdan is Policy and Project Coordinator, he is the co-chair of Academic Cooperation Association’s Thematic Peer Group “Widening Inclusion in Higher Education”, which is discussing the management of national and European funding to increase participation of underrepresented groups in international higher education.

Paola Di Marzo is the Project Officer at Erasmus Student Network (ESN). In her current role at ESN, she is charge of projects in the field of environment, international mobility and inclusion (Cooperation Partnerships – KA2).

Tine S. Prøitz is Vice dean for research at the Faculty for Humanities, Sports and educational science and leads the research project “Comparisons of Leadership Autonomy in School districts and Schools” which studies school leaders' autonomy with inclusion policies.

Online registration: https://nettskjema.no/a/391916.

More information: policy4inclusionconference@usn.no

20
Nov
2023
4th Project International Meeting
Venue: Palma de Mallorca
Schedule: 20 Nov 2023 - 23 Nov 2023 (Paris time)
Event organiser: COSI.ed project team

During the week of 20-23 November 2023, the fourth international meeting of the COSI.ed consortium took place in Palma de Mallorca. Throughout this week, intensive work has been done on the dissemination of the project results as well as on the development of the socio-educational intervention model resulting from the application of the Equal Literacy Framework, the Indirect Approach and co-creation in five countries and different educational contexts.

In addition, over the course of these days, the two entities in which the COSI.ed methodology is applied in Palma have been visited: Sociedad Cooperativa Jovent and Naüm Proyecto Socieducativo, two social entities that work with young people with a low level of education, offering training and professional alternatives.

20
Mar
2023
3rd Project International Meeting
Venue: Warsaw
Schedule: 20 Mar 2023 - 23 Mar 2023 (Paris time)
Event organiser: COSI.ed Project Team

19
Sep
2022
2nd Project International Meeting
Venue: Porto
Schedule: 19 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022 (Paris time)
Event organiser: COSI.ed

From 19 to 23 September 2022, the second face-to-face meeting of all project partners will take place in the city of Porto (Portugal). This meeting will evaluate the first results of the implementation of the project in each regional area and establish the lines of action to be carried out in the second phase of the project. The main results obtained and the future lines of action will soon be available on the website.

20
Sep
2021
1st Project International Meeting
Venue: Skive (Denmark)
Schedule: 20 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 (Paris time)
Event organiser: COSI.ed Project Team

In this first meeting we were able to organise and clarify the phases of project implementation in each of the participating countries. We were also able to visit the entities where the project is being implemented in Denmark.

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