Projects

NMS actively participates in national and international cooperation projects with a main focus on the following areas: social skills development, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, youth leadership and entrepreneurship, coaching in education, design thinking, learning through art, peer-to-peer learning, innovation in education, etc.

LIFE: Life Worth Living – Caring for Our Educators and Principals, 2022-1-IS01-KA220-SCH-000088285

LIFE aims to make a positive impact on the students whom educators and principals engage with, thereby influencing the overall school culture and fostering an improved environment for both work and learning. For the first time in Europe, the LIFE project brings the “Life Worth Living” approach that started from YALE University to school educators. Local trainers (facilitators) will be trained in the “Life Worth Living” approach to facilitate in-person retreats in each partner country and support the development of learning modules, virtual workshops, and train-the-trainers manual.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-SCH

Duration: February 2023 – March 2025

Virtual Reality for Digital Learning, 2022-2-SE02-KA220-YOU-000100999

Virtual Reality for Digital Learning (VR4Learning) aims to increase knowledge and awareness in the areas of environment, green transition and sustainability among diverse groups of students and youth in various industries, with emphasis on ‘leaving no one behind’.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-YOU

Duration: January 2023 – December 2024

YouWell – Sustaining Young Teachers’ Wellbeing at School, 2022-1-BG01-KA220-SCH-000085901

The project aims to ensure that novice teachers feel comfortable in their professional journey and develop strong motivation and competences to stay in the chosen profession.

NMS will lead development of competence model for teacher mentor-coaches and curating with NMCT (Belgium) the training programme for the piloting groups of mentor-coaches in Slovenia, North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-SCH

Duration: December 2022 – November 2024

I.YOU – Inclusive Online Eco-systemic Youth Coaching, 2022-1-BE04-KA220-YOU-000085875

I.YOU aims to support youth trainers and young people 18-29 years old to establish coping mechanisms to improve their mental health, wellbeing, and purpose for the future. The consortium of partners will work on design and presentation of an innovative, sustainable and useful online tool (I.YOU) that supports:

1) the work of helpers (youth trainers, coaches, facilitators, and workers) – in their mission to increase self-awareness and

2) will create sense of agency in the young people using it – they will be able to have a research backed up self-coaching tool to employ in challenging moments, when clarity and direction is needed.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-YOU

Duration: October 2022 – December 2023

AIM – Advancing Inclusive Mentorship Programs for Higher Education Level, 2022-1-SE01-KA220-HED-000087498

AIM targets university students who want to develop their ideas and transform them into a start-up. Within this group, it is emphasized that opportunities in entrepreneurship mentoring are open to everyone with an idea for a sustainable business, regardless of their background and characteristics.

In reaching out to diverse groups of students, it is expected that AIM will close the gaps on social and inclusion challenges brought about by immigration, amongst other issues.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-HED

Duration: November 2022 – October 2024

DiARC – Digital Creativity Training for Resilient Youth and Art Communities, 2020-1-UK01-KA227-YOU-094427

The starting point of our DiARC collaboration is supporting youth to becoming more resilient in addressing COVID-19 negative impact and similar crisis in the
future. Furthermore, we aim to support art professionals, who are negatively influenced by the current pandemic to get a chance of alternative employment route as online trainers of youth.

The long term anticipated benefit of the project is to develop a generation of young people and professionals who are sensitive to community challenges, embrace uncertainty, and see it as an opportunity to apply innovative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions. 

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA220-YOU

Duration: March 2021 – December 2022

ACT – Act Communicate Transcend, 2020-1-HR01-KA227-SCH-094792

The aims of ACT project are to assist the progress of learning English as a foreign language, in particular speaking skills, by developing a speaking assessment rubric, a set of training materials, a drama-based activity book, and, finally, an e-learning platform which will unite all previously mentioned intellectual outputs and be made available for use both for teachers and their students even after the project is finalized, to develop new and innovative teaching methods and implement these directly into practice as well as professional development through project work.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA227-SCH

Duration: May 2021 – May 2023

Well-Be – Supporting Students Emotional Health, Well-being and Resilience in Times of Global Crisis, 2020-1-UK01-KA201-079148

Well-Be project mission is to support secondary education students in building resilience skills and overcoming the negative effects of social exclusion after the end of the epidemic. This goal will be achieved by analysing the psychological (psycho-social) effects of social exclusion in students and, on this basis, updating educational priorities and focusing pedagogical measures on the needs of students in the post-epidemic situation.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for School Education

Duration: November 2020 – October 2022

Inspiration Elevator, 2020-2-NO02-KA205-001714

The INSPIRATION ELEVATOR project combines the efforts of 4 partners, representing three main regions of Europe – Nordic (Norway), Central (Austria) and South Eastern (Bulgaria and Croatia). The starting point of our joint effort is supporting youth workers in introducing, organizing and implementing design thinking processes in their daily interventions with youth in risk, which will enhance youth employability and employment prospects.

The project brought to life a Methodological manual for introducing design thinking in youth work and a Coach app for youth workers to develop their design thinking mindset.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: December 2020 – December 2022

Active Youth Participation through Empowered Leadership (APEL), 2019-3-SI02-KA205-015282

APEL project combines the efforts of 4 partners, reflecting current challenges and trends in the field of youth work from different regions of Europe – Central (Slovenia and Austria), Eastern (Bulgaria), and Western (Netherlands).

APEL overall aim is to equip youth workers with necessary methodology and resources to empower youth leaders, so that they can be more effective in encouraging participation of young people in the policy-making process on local and national, and eventually EU level. By empowering youth leaders, we will support the policy dialogue in a bottom up manner.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: February 2020 – January 2022

4YOUTH – Youth workers together for active participation, 608800-EPP-1-2019-IT-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA

The main purpose of this project is to integrate elements of motivational approaches and recognition of learning outcomes into youth work. Our intention is to train youth workers how to use different methods and practices to improve the participation of young people. This project also aims to develop skills, knowledge and competences of youth workers to increase their productivity and effectiveness. So, the result will be the creation of a permanent methodology which will be widely used by all youth workers involved as well as other youth workers within the various networks. Based on the methodology, youth workers will also be able to assess existing programs that are implemented into their work and improve them. In addition the methodology can be used as policy directives for up-coming youths or the generations to come. 

EU Programme: Erasmus+, Capacity building in the field of youth

Duration: December 2019 – December 2022

YESSS – Young entrepreneurs at secondary schools, 2019-1-SI01-KA201-060381

The aim of YESSS is developing and fostering entrepreneurial thinking of students at secondary schools through equipping teachers with relevant coaching and soft skills training methods and approaches. This project proposal comes in response to the need to intensify the development of entrepreneurial mindsets and attitudes of young people in an efficient and economical way.
The proposal offers universal integrated modern approach to the work of teachers in class that does not require their extensive training and investing additional resources for using project products after its completion. It addresses directly to promoting the acquisition of skills and competences of students and to supporting individuals in acquiring and developing key competences, focusing on entrepreneurship.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for School Education

Duration: November 2019 – October 2022

Social Innovators, 2017-1-218

SOCIAL INNOVATORS presents an innovative model of simultaneously addressing the challenges of high rates of youth unemployment and low employment rate in NGO sector, which all present a tremendous waste of human potential and missed opportunities for greater contribution to the social transformation not only in partner countries but in EU in general. Young people will gain valuable working experiences and get involved in some of the most important programmes and actions of 21st Century Challenges of Europe.

Programme: EEA and Norway Grants, Fund for Youth Employment

Duration: September 2018 – July 2022

SLEVET – Student-driven Leadership Skills Development Programme in VET Schools, 2018-1-LT01-KA202-046951

SLEVET corresponds to further strengthening key competences in VET and achievement of relevant and high quality skills and competences. It is in line with the individual and community needs, namely by contributing to:
– providing better prepared for inclusion in the labor market students, and better prepared teachers how to properly train them;
– providing employers, labour market, and economy in general on a regional, national and international level with competent and competitive workforce.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for VET

Duration: November 2018 – October 2021

DECO 2 – Key competencies development using the opportunities of digital era, 2017-1-LT01-KA202-035273

DECO2 steps upon the key competences identified in DECO project (based on a two-fold research with employers), as well as a thoughtful research on the most succesful approaches and tools. DECO2 offers a series of materials that are part of an Online Course on Key Competences, with a practical and interactive approach, which is available, as an open access resource, in an e-learning platform in order to improve the competences of VET staff in the provision of key competences in VET centres.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for VET

Duration: September 2017 – August 2019

Vidubiology – creative video for biology, VG-IN-BE-17-24-035611

With more than 20 years of active video within education it is clear that media tools are very popular with young people. Video education has to be embedded into the teaching pedagogy. For vidubiology this means that students are motivated to ask scientific questions, take the initiative, work in teams, but also know how to get support to help them to be more critical about their media outcomes.

The European Erasmus+ project vidubiology offers innovative opportunities for students to explore and discover natural phenomena using digital media. In this handbook we seek to present an engaging, effective and enjoyable approach for teaching biology to children and young people. It has been designed to give teachers comprehensive support for the practical implementation of vidubiology.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for School Education

Duration: December 2017 – November 2019

Youth Move, Engine for EU Social Economy, 2017-2-ES02-KA205-009730

Youth Move main objective is (with the support of ICT) to improve the capacity of youth workers/leaders of institutions providing training and counselling activities for youngsters by providing them with a quality and open-access online course on social entrepreneurship that will increase their knowledge and competences in social business field and that will also contribute to enhance the capacity and recognition of Youth Organisations as non-formal educators of young people.
Thus, the main idea is to develop a set of modules related to the main fields affecting the creation and management of a social business in the personal social services area, which will be organised and compiled as a course on social entrepreneurship and whose contents will be adapted to an online environment in an open-access e-learning platform.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: September 2017 – August 2019

CL@SS – Competences Learning at Secondary Schools, 2015-1-BG01-KA201-0014255

CL@SS provides a new highly effective innovative model of teaching that will develop students` soft skills and make the subjects classes more interesting and attractive for children. This approach will stimulate their creativity and motivation. This positively influences pro-activity and performance. In addition, it develops competences (professional and social), motivation and self-confidence of teachers.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for School Education

Duration: November 2015 – October 2017

YounGO – Social Entrepreneurship among European Youth, 2015-3-ES02-KA205-006835

This project, which involves seven partners from various European countries, enhances social entrepreneurship as a strategy and method to be applied to work with young people, encouraging their creativity and generating opportunities.

This project created a methodological guide in order to facilitate spreading the methodology of social entrepreneurship in all participating countries. Apart from that, a study on best practices in this area is also be published at European level. With these two tools we want to increase the project’s impact, facilitating its replicability and enhancing other entities to also resort to Social Entrepreneurship as youth empowerment strategy.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: February 2016 – June 2017

ACTIVE FOR FUTURE, 565821-EPP-1-2015-1-SI-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA

Project Active for Future aims to develop skills, knowledge and competences of youth workers to increase their productivity and also youth to increase their chances for employment.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity building in the field of youth

Duration: October 2015 – September 2017

EU HUB – European Hub Model for socially-responsible young entrepreneurs, 2015-2-SI02-KA205-013022

One of the global effects of the economic crisis is the alarmingly-high rate of unemployment, which has created a particularly fragile situation for today’s young generation.
We believe that fostering young people entrepreneurial mind-sets and related knowledge, skills and competences represents an answer to these challenges and has great potential for creating jobs and reducing unemployment, which is why the “European HUB Model for Socially-Responsible Young Entrepreneurs” project was born.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: September 2015 – August 2017

D.E.C.O. Key competences for career designing in cooperation with labour market, 2014-1-LT01-KA202-000633

Project activities and planned output addressed several target groups – VET schools career counselors, practice teachers, managers, stakeholders, VET education related authorities and labour market representatives. Activities implemented during the project helped to reach the following objectives:

– to foster career consultants of VET schools professional development;

– to provide better services for the VET students in key skill development for the successful integration into the labour market;

– to develop services for the labour market representatives in cooperation with the VET schools and expert organizations;

– to ensure the need of the labour market for the qualified work force.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for VET

Duration: 2014 – 2016

UEFY – United Europe for Youth, 2014-1-TR01-KA205-013020

United Europe For Youth (UEFY) is a strategic partnership project for youth which aims to develop a social
learning tool for youth workers-institutions to provide mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in Europe to prevent early school leaving and regain the ones who are out of system.

The project’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills and reassert a sense of hope in future.

EU Programme: Erasmus+, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Duration: September 2014 – February 2016

CoMeIn – Coaching Methodology for Teachers in Secondary Schools, 518404-LLP-1-2011-1-BG-COMENIUS-CMP

The global aim of the CoMeIn projects is to contribute to prevention of school leaving at secondary education level in Bulgaria, France, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Our idea is to equip teachers in the countries involved with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to motivate and inspire students for learning by development and pilot testing of Coaching Methodology. The Methodology will allow for secondary teachers of all subjects to apply coaching methods in the classroom to support the learning of all students.

EU Programme: LLP, Comenius Multilateral Projects 

Duration: December 2011 – November 2013

SOS.NET – SOcial Skills Trainer – New Qualification for European Teachers, 510005-LLP-1-2010-1-BG-COMENIUS-CMP

EU Programme: LLP, Comenius Multilateral Projects 

Duration: 2010 – 2012

Training of secondary school students for the development of key social competences, BG051PO001-4.2.03-0998

Development of social and civic skills of secondary school students as an element of their overall preparation for professional realization and adaptation on the labour market.

EU Programme: ESF – Human Resources Development Operational Programme

Duration: September 2009 – September 2010

Key competences for a more competitive workforce in Bulgaria, BG051PO001-7.0.01-0015

Development of key /transferable/ competences of young people without work experience as an element of their overall preparation for the forthcoming professional realisation and adaptation to the labour market.

EU Programme: ESF – Human Resources Development Operational Programme

Duration: February 2012 – May 2013

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