The project “Looking @ Learning” aims to provide space and support for cross-sectoral cooperation of professionals in formal and non-formal education concerning innovation of education in order to create contemporary and successful learning environments for young people in their educational process.
This long-term project was developed between March 2015-February 2017 by 6 different partners: 4 non- governmental organizations including “Humana People to People from Latvia”, “Youth Exchange Service” and “Stichting Merakel” from the Netherlands, association PROMESAS from Spain as well as two governmental entities: Gulbene Municipality Council (Latvia) and Maracena Municipality (Spain).
Besides coordinating organizations, a broad range of stakeholders and educators from the Netherlands, Spain and Latvia were involved in the project to explore creative learning environments together, share good practices and implement new ideas and tools in existing structures, therefore bringing innovation to their own surroundings.
During the project following intellectual results have been created:
1) State of Art research “The First Looking at Learning” – the study outlines problems in the area of creative learning environment in Latvian, Dutch and Spanish education systems, simultaneously viewing education policy documents and inspecting the actual situation in educational establishments.
2) [email protected] – developed practical learning tool to foster creative learning process
3) Research “The Key Elements of Creative Learning Environment: a case study from Latvia, Spain and the Netherlands”. The main aim of the research was to summarize the study results obtained in three research phases in each country and present the key elements of the creative learning environment, their characteristics and the best practices developed during the project.
Besides created intellectual results, 2 international training courses have been held, 5 transnational meetings and many local activities – experiments with creative learning environments carried out by 28 educators and involving 1941 young people in all 3 project countries.
The project was financed by the EU programme for young people “Erasmus+: Youth in Action, Key Action 2: Strategic Partnership in the field of Education, Training and Youth,” administrated by the Latvian Agency for International Programs for Youth. One of the main aims of the programme was to improve skills and competences of people who work with young people – educators, youth workers, trainers, teachers, project managers – in order to improve the quality of youth work and promote international cooperation of youth and youth workers. This projects aimed to achieve above-mentioned programme aims by working together with youth workers from formal and non-formal sectors from all three project countries.