„Head in the Clouds: Digital Learning to Overcome School Failure“ awarded as a “Success Story” by the EU-Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

From 09/2015 to 08/2018 the TU Wien (project leader: Prof. A Min Tjoa and Dipl.-Ing. Niina Novak MSc.) implemented, together with 6 partners from 5 European countries, the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “Head in the Clouds: Digital Learning to Overcome School Failure”.

This educational project dealt with the prevention of early school leaving, the development of basic and transversal skills and the enhancement of digital education in the context of minorities, mainly Roma. Having in mind that the prevailing educational disadvantages and exclusion of minority group members, lead to lacking integration in the labour market and exclusion from society in general, the project aimed at providing an alternative way to education for children aged 6-17 years, struggling with the formal educational system or having no access to education at all. This project has now been awarded by the EU-Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

For further information please see the project’s website and a documentary on Youtube.

 

Head in the Clouds – Digital Learning in Indonesia

To broaden this succesful story, the project was extended in 2019 to rural areas in Indonesia, being (co-) funded by ASEA-UNINET.

Prof. Inggriani Liem (ITB), Dipl.-Ing. Novak MSc. and Dr. Ekaputra (both TU Wien) developed a plan to implement a selection of the educational modules (e.g. English, EKOPOLIS, IT 101 and Programming Module) with students of different school levels in different locations in Indonesia and to furthermore introduce and train local teachers and researchers in this alternative educational approach and the use of the developed educational modules.

The project implementation in Indonesia took place in March 2019, with workshops and seminars in three different cities: Bandung, Jakarta and Balige and over 300 teachers, researchers, children and youth in attendance.

Some images from the project “Head in the Clouds – Digital Learning in Indonesia”, © Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria / Niina Novak