Context and objectives
The Mediterranean New Chance (MedNC) project addresses the socio-professional integration of young people, particularly of those who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). It does this by strengthening cooperation among stakeholders, in particular second chance schools.
The project, part of the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), is coordinated by the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD). It is currently being implemented in Algeria, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia through capacity-building activities and the exchange of innovative education experiences and best practices among partners.
MedNC’s mission is based on three pillars:
- Bringing together a network of stakeholders working towards the socio-professional integration of young people in the Mediterranean region.
- Promoting capacity-building activities and stimulating innovation.
- Improving the socio-professional integration of young people, in particular of NEETs and young women.
29K+ students by 2019
MedNC is part of the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), a cross-sector, region-wide initiative in the field of job creation. The initiative was developed by the UfM Secretariat to help increase the employability of young people and women, close the gap between labour supply and demand, and foster a culture of entrepreneurship and private-sector development.
Mediterranean New Chance (MedNC) is promoted by the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD), which took over the regional coordination of the project on the 1st of January 2018.
Founded in 1988, the IECD is a French organisation that implements over 50 development projects in 15 countries in cooperation with local partners. For the past 30 years, the IECD has developed expertise in four key areas: Education; Vocational Training and Youth Employability; Support to Small Enterprises; and Healthcare.
Other promoters and local partners
- Al Jisr Association
- Alexandria Business Association
- Drosos Foundation
- French Agency for Development
- French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Egypt
- L’Heure Joyeuse
- Municipality of Matosinhos
- Network of Second Chance Schools in France
- New Chance Tunisia Association
- Sales School Miftah Ennajah Semeurs d’Avenir
- Spanish Association of Second Chance Schools
- Foundation Apprentis d’Auteuil
- Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability
By 2019, knowledge exchanges had benefitted at least 5,000 unemployed young people.
Many teachers and trainers are able to participate in the dialogue and benefit from training in innovative teaching methods.
Many businesses are able to hire qualified employees whose skills are specifically suited to their needs.
- Bringing together public, private and civil society actors involved in the socio-professional integration of young people in order to learn from one another.
- Supporting the exchange of experience and knowledge between education, training and youth organisations on the one hand, and the members of the network on the other.
- Sharing feedback and experiences in order to design and implement best practices.
- Developing quality assurance through the creation of specific accreditation.
Egypt: Creation of a second chance school in Alexandria.
Spain: Establishment of a national network of second chance schools.
France: Implementation of new programmes at the Second Chance School of Marseille.
Morocco: Implementation of a customised teaching method at the OCP Foundation’s Skills Centres and support for the creation of an orientation centre in the Greater Casablanca region.
Tunisia: Establishment of a new chance facility at public universities.