If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
Claas SEM GmbH was included in the idea to the basic concept. Initially the firm stayed out of the planning and the forming of the Project to give the school pedagogical and didactic freedom to create the concept. Since then Claas fully supports JAU with material as well as in logistic matters. Continuous communication with the personnel managers and training supervisors of Claas reveal the precise needs of the workshop and lead to an ongoing reflection of the project’s processes.
The pensioners found a new role as designers, facilitators and significant persons. They organised their own working area, coordinated with the pupil’s needs and took responsibility for the adolescents’ development. They accompany the young people on their way to gain orientation and competencies. They are available as experts in the technical and mechanical trades as well as a confidential and personal contact. Their voluntary engagement made the success of JAU possible. At the same time they experienced themselves as mentors in many new forms.
From the beginning the municipality joined the efforts and participated in providing the place, the logistic supply and helped the building of a network.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
JAU-has undergone numerous evaluations. It was given various awards due to a complex documentation of the idea and the processes. The project finds many possibilities of scientific evaluation. Therefore several Bachelor- and Master theses were written about this topic. Currently the University of Osnabrück examines the project within a long-term-study. Meanwhile JAU has gained international attention and the coordinators were invited to conferences in Zurich and Brussels. Also intergenerational platforms in the USA and Canada judge the concept as exceptional and want to take up the idea.
The results of all evaluations acknowledge, that the JAU-Project is of extremely high value in efficiency and benefit (for pupils, retirees, school, teachers, parents, firms, societies, council, local economy) sustainability, wellbeing of the participants, financial independence and a genuine intergenerational understanding.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
In the last six years the projects did not face any unsolvable problems. All challenges were taken on and, with the aid of the steadily expanding network, recognized and solved.
The realistic and practical approach offers solutions for invariably all challenges, because on one hand it bases on an already existing learning relationship in the professional world and picks up the intergenerational web of relationships within a family on the other hand.
So there were neither financial, nor material or ideational barriers that could not be overcome.