School trains how to run good projects

Photo: Maria Koleva Christina di Prima and Fabio Relino.

The Agora Village in Brussels Square, key venue of the Regions and cities European Week is a lively networking space where different projects can learn from each other. An Italian stand is “inviting” back to school. The School of Open Cohesion uses a massive online open course designed for high-school students. It promotes the engagement of students in monitoring the effectiveness of EU cohesion policy investments via the use of public open data. 

The initiative also promotes accountability for public institutions and raising awareness of Cohesion Policy among young people.

Christina di Prima explained that the educational project is covering the regions Campania, Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria. Students can get information about the project at close range. For example to zoom in the problems of a certain transport project and see what are the stumbling-blocks in its implementation.

This gives young people an incredible experience why the things go wrong for example in one project and how they can be tackled or avoided, Fabio Relino, Project Manager from Campania Region pointed out, adding that “open data is important, but open minds are better”. He explained that the students could choose the topic of the project they would like to monitor closely. So far the School of Open Cohesion has trained 20,000 students, said Fabio Relino.

It is a very good news that the project, implemented successfully in Italy since 2013, will be replicated, with the support of the Commission, during the 2019-2020 school year in Bulgaria, Croatia, Alentejo (Portugal), Catalonia (Spain), Peloponnese, Thessaly and Ionia Nisia (Greece).

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