“Feed4Saving” is a strategic partnership developed by eights schools from Europe, with  the financial  support of the European Commission through the programme Erasmus+, Key Action2. It emerged from the need to offer  schools  some concrete tools in order to help them prevent or intervene in cases of school early school leaving, which is a real problem of the education system nowadays, identified as such even by the European Union in the ET 2020.
The objectives of the project refer to the causes of the early school leaving phenomenon. Therefore, the project aims to improve students’ school performance  by equipping  them  with practical  skills in the fields of languages (communication), science, art and cooking, to enhance their  engagement  and  motivation  to  attend  school  by  implementing  effective self-awareness and evaluation  tools,  to  reduce  the  degree  of  absenteeism  with  at  least  5%  among the  students  of the partner schools and to improve  teachers’ skills  when  dealing  with  students  at  risk  of  early  school  drop-out,  by  equipping  them  with  innovative methodology meant to boost students’ motivation and involvement.
The target group of the project is formed of a number of about 250 secondary school students, aged 15-18, from eight European schools, from countries affected by the phenomenon of  school drop-out –  Romania,  Italy,   Portugal,  Spain, France, Turkey and Greece. Six partner schools are vocational, training students in the field of tourism,  agriculture and/or food services, a school is vocational in the field of Computer sciences and another school offers academic training.  However, all of them are dealing with the problem of early school leaving, implementing different strategies or even concrete programmes funded by the local community (Spain).
The project  activities  are   designed  in  such  a  way as  to   involve  students  in  the   learning  process,  while,  at the same time, motivating them to attend school.  The project  will start  with a  survey,  it will continue with the implementation  of workshops meant to boost their motivation and also with practical activities within four laboratories on Language (English), Maths, Art and Cooking.  In fact,  all the  activities  will  be   organized   around   the  simple   activity  of  cooking  and  the  laboratories  will  offer information and working methods that will support this main activity.
The methods we are going to use in the project are the non-formal ones (workshops, peer-to-peer, “The human library”, “World cafe” etc.)  and  the  laboratories where,   by  using   the  theoretical   knowledge,   students  are  going  to  build  practical  skills.
There will be  two  results  developed   by  our partnership – a  collection   of  resources,  entitled suggestively “Boost your class!’, meant to increase students’ motivation and a pedagogical kit “Teaching through laboratories” offering lesson plans, materials and good practice examples in four modules – Language lab, Maths Lab, Artistic Lab and Cooking lab.
By getting involved in this project, the students will understand how important schooling is, they will improve their motivation for  attending  classes  due  to  the  fact  that  new  methods  will  be  employed   by  teachers   and  also due to  students’  direct involvement in their learning/teaching process. Besides these, the valuable exchange of good practice and the development of new teaching methods and materials will allow teachers to make their  lessons more attractive,  thus  contributing to students’ success in their school life.
The long-term benefits refer to integrating the results in the curriculum of the participating schools and also to their distribution to  other  interested  schools and  stakeholders    (among whom NGOs,    local enterprises – restaurants,     catering units,  school inspectorates).   We aim  to  develop new activities and projects based on the results  generated  by this  partnership, which can take our ideas further, to a new level.