- What do we want to change?
All people can dream big. However, not everyone has the same opportunities in life and is able to develop to their full potential and fulfill their dreams. Looking into the progression to higher education of ethnic minority and migrant adolescents, specifically those from PALOP backgrounds (African countries with Portuguese as an official language), numbers show that compared to the dominant group, these students are significantly more likely to be kept back a year at their secondary/high school education (50% vs 20%) and twice as likely to follow professional courses (78% vs 43%), a route which very rarely leads to entry into higher education (DGEEC/MEC, 2016, Caminhos escolares de jovens africanos (PALOP) que acedem ao ensino superior).
Through RAISE researchers can take action and help more people, especially school students, to perceive science and technology as an ally, that can help them to fulfil their dreams. In parallel, researchers (and their research institutions) and teachers (and their schools) will also benefit directly from RAISE.
Researchers will receive tailored training and have several opportunities to practice and improve their communication skills for non-scientific audiences. Teachers will team up with researchers and the RAISE team to expand and support the development of the programs. This is expected to help teachers to recognise the additional value of exposure to informal science education and diverse role models throughout life, leading to a deeper understanding of science, its representatives (the researchers) and the scientific method.
In collaboration with ImpactEd, a UK-based charity specialised in evaluating impact of educational programmes, we will create a Theory of Change for our programmes and an evaluation framework. Following data collection and analysis, the main results of the evaluation will be shared publicly.
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