The INTO project is a Comenius Multilateral Project under the priority “Reducing early school leaving, improving the learning of students with migrant background and Roma pupils as well as promoting gender equality and inclusive approaches to learning”.
The project aimsto promote strategies and methods that help students with a migrant background at risk of early school leavingto maintain their motivation, through the development, testing and validation of an Intercultural Mentoring Programme, based on the empowered peer education methodology. In fact, the project promotes an innovative model that fosters young people sense of initiative and motivates students with migrant background to fulfill their educational potential. The Intercultural Mentor will be able to provide support to their peers in learning, study prosecution guidance and homework’s support.
Furthermore, the project helps young people acquire the basic life-skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship. The Intercultural Mentoring Programme and didactic tools proposed by the project stimulate the process of learning and the motivation to learn. Mentors give individual guidance, appeal to the capacities of the pupil and stimulate and direct the talents of the pupil. The informal character of the guidance represents the key to acquire life-skills and competences by the mentee.
In accordance with the operative objective of Comenius Programme to support improvements in pedagogical approaches and school management, the project influencesthe structure of school education systems and the way in which schools and teachers relate to migrant pupils by contributing into the capacity buildingof teachers, who deal with heterogeneous and multicultural classes. The project provides new inclusive approaches to teaching and learning in multicultural contexts aimed at innovating schools education system through an empowered peer education methodology based on the collaboration between "senior" student with a migrant background and school staff. A Didactic kit will be developed as a tool for the direct implementation of the mentoring programme in the school activities. The trained teachers will be able to monitor the school social environment and to intervene promptly in case of negative indicators in terms of school transition between lower and upper secondary school.
The Intecultural Mentoring programme allows to:
- Enhance mentees academic performance as well as an improvement of the Intercultural Mentors life skills competence in conducting their role;
- Reduce early school leaving, the intercultural mentor activities are addressed specifically to drop-out students;