Time for Tea is an educational programme for schools and youth groups, which uses tea to give young people a voice on issues that matter to them. It encourages global learning, creative thinking and social action. It is simple, fun and accessible to people of any age, background or ability, anywhere in the world. It involves a simple step-by-step series of activities which can be led by teachers, youth workers or young people themselves.
This is a cross-sector KA2 strategic partnership for innovation (youth and schools) that promotes global learning, creative thinking and social action by young people. Thematically, it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It encourages youth advocacy and intergenerational dialogue (including with policy-makers) with an emphasis on those who usually have difficulty in finding a
voice. Impact on young people involved in the wider project includes the development of key skills and competences for employability, including communication, teamwork and organisation. The project also inspires teachers and youth workers, and contributes to their continuing professional development, by introducing them to non-formal methodologies which liberate their thinking and demonstrates the practical and educational importance of genuine youth empowerment.
The project is based on a recent Erasmus+ KA1 project which piloted the Time for Tea methodology in 18 programme and neighbouring partner countries, involving over 2000 young people, mostly with fewer opportunities. We now have sufficient proof of concept to know that Time for Tea has global potential. It makes a reality of “empowerment” and “participation” of young people, showing how a simple cup of tea can generate social, technical and educational innovation. The project aim is to create a training and resource base to support this global outreach. The overall result will be an uptake of the Time for Tea project methodology by thousands of schools and youth groups, inspiring participation and empowering a generation of young people through dialogue with policymakers at all levels. There will be a potential impact on education policy in the participating countries, especially in relation to the introduction of non-formal learning. Creative and entrepreneurial skills will also be developed.
The aim of this project is to create a training and resource base to enable the widest possible multiplier effect and dissemination throughout Europe and around the world. The overall result will be
uptake of the Time for Tea project methodology by thousands of schools and youth groups, inspiring participation and empowering a generation of young people through dialogue with policy makers at all levels. There will be potential impact on education policy in the participating countries, especially in relation to the introduction of non-formal learning. Creative and entrepreneurial skills will also be developed.
IO1: Resource packs for schools: lesson plans, templates and materials to give teachers a simple off-the-shelf package to get projects started quickly
IO2: 360 degree films: virtual reality training to show “live” examples of Time for Tea in action IO3: Time for Tea story book: a resource for primary schools to engage pupils with global issues
(Sustainable Development Goals)
IO4: Handbook for inclusive practice: tools and techniques for working with young people with disabilities, special educational needs or other severe educational or social disadvantage.
IO5: Virtual Tea House: an inclusive online virtual world space for interaction between young people from different countries, cultures and educational backgrounds, where experience can be shared and ideas developed into projects.
IO6: Education policy guidelines: research into policy frameworks and evidence base for influencing these at local, regional or national level.