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In recent years the mental health of our young people has become a major issue, with a noticeable marked rise in within schools resulting in an adverse effect within the educational system. Several of our schools partners state that teachers and support staff have, in recent years had to deal with an increasing and wide range of mental health issues faced by our learners. We have seen an increase in learners with diagnosed issues such as anxiety disorders and behavioural difficulties which require additional support within the classroom. Our counselling services have seen an increase in the number of students self-harming or using drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. Many students also face issues linked to family breakdown, caring responsibilities and poverty. The rapid growth and importance of social media in young people’s lives has also had an adverse effect related to young people’s identity, sexuality, self-worth and body image. Consequently schools are facing an alarming increase in drop out during sixth form.

We see this project as a primary opportunity to promote the acquisition of new skills within school by engaging pupils and students at all levels of the design and implementation of the project. And with a focus on ICT technologies we believe that engagement will be driven by their preference to operate in a digitally current environment. Discussions with our partner schools and several associate partners confirm these findings and comment that activities to encourage engagement and empowerment amongst pupils and students will help to change attitudes and encourage them to stick with their studies.

“As a youth organization focusing on young people at age 13-30. So many people of our target group are still at school. Our research shows that many of them meet difficulties at school such as bullying, anxiety, stress management problems, educational difficulties, etc. Having in mind, that Lithuania is in the first place of suicides…Helping them as soon as possible could improve results with self-esteem, being more creative, taking more initiative and staying at school”.

Inovacijų biuras (LT)

“The new knowledge-based society offers great possibilities for reducing social exclusion by opening up new ways of participating in society. Our project will make use of digital skills in devising the new curriculum. New information and communication technologies to encourage greater participation and understanding”.

Fundația Professional (RO)