K2: Developing Soft Skills to Transform Our World (17SDGs)
Date: From 1 November 2019 to 31 December
Place: Valencia (SPAIN)
Funder: Erasmus +
Soft Skills (also known as essential skills, key skills or employability skills) currently complement the basic skills that a young person must have for their inclusion in the social and employment world. If these skills are also linked to the study of social and environmental actions, it would be possible to promote active citizenship practices and be committed to sustainable development, guided by the Development Agenda. This Agenda has 17 Global Objectives to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and guarantee peace and prosperity for all people.
Soft skills complete the academic training, emphasize the importance of values and improve the capacity for transformation and renewal in a world that is in constant change. Training aimed at young people can no longer be based on specialist content alone, but must include other types of training resources related to personal skills and emotions that machines can never have.
Some of these are:
– Capacity to solve complex problems, creativity, innovation and adaptability.
– Critical and analytical thinking, capacity for reflection.
– Capacity for dialogue and communication; and organizational skills.
– Predisposition for group work, collaboration and support for peers.
– Emotional intelligence, social skills, respect, tolerance, open-mindedness, flexibility, optimism and empathy.
– Values and ethics.
Different studies and articles highlight the difficulty in teaching these skills, and at the same time attribute a large part (80-90%) of a person’s success in the workplace and social life to having soft skills.
As trainers working with young people, we must be able to inculcate these soft skills in young people in Europe to strengthen initiatives of environmental and social impact designed and led by them. Thus in this project, youth organizations, NGOs and academic institutions will come together with the objective of exchanging good training practices in soft skills for European youth.
The project will identify in these good practices new pedagogical approaches which will be used to develop a training package (didactic guides and audiovisual materials) aimed at trainers and young people who want to implement these techniques to acquire Soft Skills. This will help to motivate the inclusion of this training in small initiatives of social impact linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that cover the social and environmental spheres of development.
The training given will cover topics like:
How to implement soft skills: With active and eminently practical methodologies, giving young people the role of protagonists, through problem-based learning, to promote their initiative and imagination in solving social and environmental problems.
How to evaluate acquisition of soft skills: with self-assessment methods, where young people are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, thus promoting their autonomy and capacity for introspection.