The partners as a whole have a noted interest in issues related to narratives and storytelling. Partners will be able to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and key competencies, and use the tools produced to train relevant
stakeholders in teaching the ethical use of stories and critical media skills to people working as social, cultural, and community workers. Since the late 1990s social science research has seen a resurgence of interest in stories.
This project seeks to build on this emerging field for the benefit of VET trainers. The need for this project has been recognized by partners that have a long term experience of working in education fields, specifically in terms of digital storytelling. Nussbaum (2011) argues that moral truths are best expressed in the form of a story – they allow us to understand each person’s life as a “complex narrative of human effort in a world full of obstacles.” In this sense, stories should also be the basis for developing cultural, social and educational projects.
As Jackson (2013) states, social sciences turned towards narratives and narrative accountability as a term emerged to put experiential knowledge into the arena of evaluation and accountability of social, cultural and educational policies. It is therefore pertinent to investigate the ways in which stories are told, used and shared across Europe. The needs of each partner are aligned with the needs of our target groups. Indeed, NACCS member partners act for the good and improvement of learning conditions for vocational professionals as well as for people from groups generally excluded from civic participation.
Thus, the needs of the partners are as follows:
E-SCHOOL is an organization that cares for and assists its adult and professional learners in developing skills that will ensure a smooth and successful transition to the labor market. To achieve this, E-SCHOOL needs to improve its training tools and methods to better meet the needs of its learners. They want to promote the use of the Narrative Accountability Toolkit, work with other organizations from different EU countries and achieve goals that cannot be reached when organizations act alone and at a local level, and finally, E-SCHOOL needs to improve its position at the local/European level.
Melting Pro definitely wants to target the cultural sector and possibly the use of stories in museums or other cultural organizations.
Stando LTD needs sufficient materials and tools, as well as appropriate training to become competent in teaching the ethical use of stories and critical media skills to people working in the social, cultural and community sector. The target audience must be trained to understand the value of ethics and how to use stories responsibly so as not to harm or expose individuals in the media. Dealing effectively with ethical issues in the media promotes and defends values such as universal respect for life and the rule of law and legality.
Stichting Le Porte-Voix, aims to contribute to dialogue and exchange, as well as to raise awareness about respectful sharing of voices. However, in today’s digital world, this requires a new awareness of professionals in the social and cultural sector. The organization would like to contribute to arts-based professional training and research interventions, as well as design research. Its needs would be to develop training programs with professionals of the cultural and social sector, so that they are able to carry out new projects. The Chamber will involve VET practitioners and experts in the project, especially educators from cultural and community learning contexts and academics, policy makers, politicians, veterinary teachers, etc.