About L@L Project

The project “Looking @ Learning” aims to provide space and support for cross-sectoral cooperation of professionals in formal and non-formal education on innovation of education in order to create contemporary and successful learning environments for young people in their educational process.

The specific objectives of the project are following:

  1. To understand the learning needs of young people and understand what conditions encourage ‘natural’ and self-directed learning using the outcomes of a research on learning environment.
  2. To encourage cooperation between formal and non-formal education.
  3. To share theories and concepts on learning and facilitation of learning.
  4. To set up local and transnational workshops and trainings to explore how creativity and unconventional environments can provoke new perceptions about learning.
  5. To explore new educational methodology and to create innovative educational tools for a broad range of young people, including young people with fewer opportunities.
  6. To support participants to identify their own natural way of learning and explore how creativity and environments can provoke changes in our learning efficiency.

This long term project was developed between March 2015 – February 2017 by 4 non-governmental organizations (Humana People to People in Latvia; Youth Exchange Service and Stichting Merakel from Netherlands and Promesas from Spain), and 2 governmental entities: Gulbene Municipality council (Latvia) and Maracena Municipality (Spain).

Besides coordinating organizations, a broad range of stakeholders and educators from the Netherlands, Spain and Latvia were involved in the project to explore creative learning environments together, share good practices and implement new ideas and tools in existing structures, therefore bringing innovation to their own surroundings.

During the project following intellectual results have been created:
1) State of Art research “The First Looking at Learning” – the study outlines problems in the area of creative learning environment in Latvian, Dutch and Spanish education systems, simultaneously viewing education policy documents and inspecting the actual situation in educational establishments.
2) eduesc@perooms – developed practical learning tool to foster creative learning process
3) Research “The Key Elements of Creative Learning Environment: a case study from Latvia, Spain and the Netherlands”. The main aim of the research was to summarize the study results obtained in three research phases in each country and present the key elements of the creative learning environment, their characteristics and the best practices developed during the project.

Besides created intellectual results, 2 international training courses have been held, 5 transnational meetings and many local activities – experiments with creative learning environments carried out by 28 educators and involving 1941 young people in all 3 project countries.