The project

BOEMI – Building Our Employment skills through Music Investigations and new media, is an innovative capacity building project involving 5 partners – Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (CSC)(Italy), Crossing Borders (Denmark), IYEC (Ghana), Jeunesse En Action “GNO FAR” (Senegal), Asociación para la Integración y Progreso de las Culturas Pandora (Spain) – from 2 different continents (Europe and Africa) that envisages to use non formal education, Reciprocal Maieutic Approach and music as tools for youth development and more specifically to raise employability skills of over 270 youngsters.

The project aims at promoting transnational non-formal learning mobility activities between the different countries, targeting both young people with fewer opportunities and youth workers, so as to increase their competences and active participation in society.

BOEMI aims particularly at growing youngsters’ self-esteem and feeling of belonging to society, increasing the confidence in their “unique selling points” and transforming their interest in music into employability skills.

The project also intends to empower youth work organisations, developing new working methods, tools and materials based on non-formal education and experimenting music as an educational pedagogical tool.

  • To promote transnational non-formal learning between the different countries, targeting both young people with fewer opportunities and youth workers to increase their competences and active participation in society.
  • To raise employability skills of youth workers: by involving them in a mobility experience; by allowing them to meet new cultures; by increasing their digital, ICT and media literacy skills; and, by fostering intercultural, intergenerational and interpersonal exchanges at all levels.
  • To foster youngsters’ self-esteem and feeding of belonging to society.
  • To empower youth work organisations and improve the quality of youth work, by developing youth work methods, tools and materials based on non-formal education, Reciprocal Maieutic Approach and music as a pedagogical tool.

Direct Target Group: 36 youth workers from Europe and Africa – as member of national Local Working Groups – who will carry out different activities like as:

  • a study on traditional music in their countries;
  • an International Training Course on non-formal education methods, music and new media;
  • a series of local workshops and dissemination activities to further develop and use the new methods and skills acquired in their local communities.

Indirect Target Group: at least 270 youngsters in total, who will participate in the workshops gaining new skills on music, ICT and new media.

These workshops will enable them to make an entrepreneurial activity out of music traditions and by exploiting the employable capacity of ICT and new media, thus narrowing the gap between labour market needs and youngsters’ qualifications.

Moreover, their participation to the local activities will foster their active involvement in the society, making them feel active global citizens.

BOEMI wants to respond to the increasing need for entrepreneurial skills of youngsters, by using together music, new media and non-formal education through the multiplier effect of youth work, enriched by the contribution and experience of people from two different continents.

In the current context of exceptional youth unemployment rates, skills mismatch and the need for new educational approaches, BOEMI will enable youngsters to boost their employability skills and confidence, using their own music traditions as a starting point for their professional personal development and active participation.

With BOEMI, youngsters will learn and apply ICT and new media skills to music, raising their competitiveness and at the same time fostering their intercultural exchanges.

The project wants to address the following needs and problems:

  • Youth unemployment: by increasing the skills and achieving a higher level of employability of youth workers; by contributing to their professional development and, by providing new skills for youngsters to increase their employability.
  • Skills mismatch and increasing need for soft skills: by exploiting innovative approaches.
  • New educational approaches: through local collaboration between different realities and by using an innovative method, the project moves on the path already tracked by European institutions, enriched with the contribution of non-EU organizations form another continent.

BOEMI partnership provides a common recognition to these growing needs, analysed both at local level with local targets, and at international level, through the criteria European institutions created to define and recognize these issues.

EACEA, Erasmus+ | Capacity Building for Youth in ACP Countries, Latin America and Asia

01/03/2015 – 31/08/2016