The "ENDING" project is a strategic partnership consisting of five organizations from three European member states, which started in spring 2021.
The consortium has set itself the task of developing, testing and implementing a methodology based on the peer learning approach to reduce the number of young people who drop out of school. The focus here is particularly on Spain and Portugal, which, with dropout rates of 17.9% (Spain) and 11.8% (Portugal), are far from the EU target of 10%. Various studies have shown that there is a correlation between dropping out of school and addiction symptoms as well as misuse of digital applications. The project consortium assumes that a safe and cooperative environment is the key to reducing school dropout. For this reason, teachers, parents, and students should be empowered to recognize misuse and, above all, to prevent it by teaching them how to use digital media responsibly.
There is still a great need for this, especially among children and young people from various economic or social risk backgrounds. In recent years, there have been several projects and programs that have addressed this issue. At the European level, comparatively few still use the peer learning approach. Due to the diverse experiences with such concepts in Germany, such as the Medienscouts NRW, the Digital Opportunities Foundation takes on the function of a transfer partner in order to share knowledge and experiences and to test and further develop them on a European level.