Social and Solidarity Economy in Europe: affirming a new paradigm through IVET curricula innovation


This project aims to affirm the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in Europe through IVET curricula innovation, specifically in existing professional profiles of economics, management, financial and social area. Its inspiring vision is a comprehensive training and professional development of younger generations, which integrates alternative socio-economic models in their framework of ideas and attitudes.

The project rationale is based in two main assumptions:

  1. SSE as an alternative socio-economic model

The Social and Solidarity Economy increasingly asserts itself as a vibrant and promising socio-economic model in the EU and in various parts of the world. The SSE is rooted in inclusive values and practices, and comprises organisations, social enterprises, social movements and citizens who develop alternatives to the multilayered crisis that we face today (e.g. greater inequality, emptied democracy, increased structural unemployment, loss of social cohesion, environmental challenges, forced migrations, contracting welfare states). The current economic paradigm is no longer providing answers to the deep aspirations of the people and the planet, and so there is a call to a sustainable model that highlights local communities’ social bounds and emancipatory relationships, on a reciprocity and solidarity basis.

  1. IVET as a tool for social change

A change in paradigm requires a change in consciousness. This is why education and training are a fundamental piece of this process – and particularly IVET with its great potential to transform younger generations into citizens and professionals who are more knowledgeable and aware, as well as more able to deal with current societal challenges. This calls for an approach that evokes IVET, namely in upper secondary and non-tertiary levels, as a high quality choice on skills/vocational development and on transversal and general knowledge acquisition, to train highly skilled and educated young adults. For this IVET curricula needs to be innovative in order to respond to contemporary labour market and social challenges.

  • Full title: Social and Solidarity Economy in Europe - Affirming a new paradigm through IVET curricula innovation
  • Start: 2016/09/01
  • Finish: 2018/08/31
  • Programme: ERASMUS+
  • Sub-Programme: Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships
  • Website: N/A


Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento, Portugal

Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, Greece

CRIES, Romania

Solidarius Italia s.a.s, Italy

Technologie-Netzwerk Berlin e.V., Germany

GLAFKA s.r.o., Czech Republic



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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Social and Solidarity Economy in Europe