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Project type:Erasmus+ 
Time:09/2015 – 08/2018
Coordinator:Technical University Vienna
Project number:2015-1-AT01-KA201-005024
Amount financed VOL:64 436 Euro

The project, a strategic partnership between seven partners in five countries, worked on the development of basic and transversal competences and the improvement of digital education in the context of working with minorities, mainly Roma. 

In three locations in Slovakia, Romania and Kosovo more than 100 children and youth participated in the project. They experienced an alternative educational approach. The educators in the afterschool and youth programmed implemented especially created learning materials which was designed to support learners in their own learning process. We called the approach MINIMAX as it aims to minimize the intervention of those teaching and maximize the autonomy of the learners. It was originally inspired by the SOLE-approach (Self-Organized Learning Environments, Sugata Mitra). 

The project started with a needs assessment to tailor the materials to the local contexts and needs. Teachers, mentors and youth workers had the possibility to experience the materials in special trainings so they would be better equipped to then implement and evaluate them in with the children and youth (target group). Based on the evaluation tha materials and tools were improved and the educators received another training. After three years of the project the local partners continued using the materials and tools. 

Verein Offenes Lernen had a crucial role in the creation of the learning materials, project management and the research activities.  

The project was honored by the European Commission as a Good Practice example and Success Story. (see 

More information (including the developed learning materials):