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, in addition, these competences are linked to the learning of social and environmental actions, it is 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.
The soft skills pursue the search of profiles with transversal competences and emphasize the importance of values and 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 content, but must be based on other types of content related to Humanities and the emotions that machines can never have.
Some of them are:
– Resolution capacity (solving 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 competences, at the same time that they attribute to between 80% and 90% of the responsibility to them in terms of the success of a person in the workplace and social.
As trainers in the field of youth, we must be able to develop these soft skills in young people in Europe to strengthen initiatives of environmental and social impact designed and led by them. Examples of what it is necessary to be trained in:
- How to implement them: With active and eminently practical methodologies, giving young people the role of protagonist, through problem-based learning, to promote their initiative and imagination in the solution of social and environmental problems.
- How to evaluate them: with self-assessment methods, where young people are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, thus promoting their autonomy and introspection capacity.
Youth organizations, NGOs and academic institutions come together with the objective of exchanging good training practices in soft skills for European youth that promote or strengthen youth initiatives with social and environmental impact.
The project will identify in these good practices new pedagogical approaches to develop a training package aimed at trainers and young people (didactic guides and audiovisual material) who want to implement these strengthening techniques in Soft Skills (also known as essential skills, key skills or employability skills) to motivate their inclusion in small initiatives of social impact linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that cover the social and environmental spheres of development.