MIRAGAMO - MICRO interactive video clips for RAPID learning by GAME experience on MOBILE
About the Project
MIRAGAMO is using an innovative combination of business theatre methods, gaming tools and digital learning in order to propose educational solutions with a solid and long-lasting emotional impact on learners and indirectly on society in general.
The idea of MIRAGAMO emerged as a result of the shift from traditional training activities towards alternative methods based on distance and digital learning forms. MIRAGAMO is set to respond to the increasing demand of business organizations and public institutions for flexible and online accessible learning content for their teams.
The MIRAGAMO training modules are focused on social inclusion and management diversity. The has the ambition to propose an innovative digital format training method that helps break gender stereotypes and stimulate behavioural changes that lead to equality in the labour market.
Background and Objectives
The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly confirmed the need and benefits of online learning solutions in a context of restricted access to workplaces, schools and training centres. Digital tools are crucial for learners with limited mobility or constrained access to in-person training. According to E&T Monitor report in 2019, adult participation in training activities have registered very slow progression (from 9.5% in 2008 to 11.1% in 2018) with strong disparities between age groups of learners and Member States.
In line with the European Agenda for Adult learning, the MIRAGAMO project ambition is to increase adult attendance to training activities by providing flexible learning opportunities that promote equity, diversity and social inclusion in the labour market.
The project idea was created within the context of persisting lack of equal opportunities in most EU countries’ labour markets and the continuing resistance of many employers to effectively implement diversity and inclusion (D&I) measures within their organizations. A recent PWC survey shows that for 39% of the requested European organizations, diversity represents a barrier for employee progression and only 19% of the D&I training is dedicated to embedding inclusive behaviours at the workplace. According to Eurostat data, women continue to be underrepresented on the labour market with a gender employment gap at 11.7% in 2019. The inequality of opportunity can affect the inequality of income and lead many economies to lose labour force potential that could be otherwise engaged in the overall European economic and social growth.
Thus, the main objective of this project is to encourage adult participation in training activities and to raise awareness on diversity and inclusion (D&I) challenges by providing high-quality ICT based micro-learning formats adopting an innovative approach that combines traditional learning content with a social learning experience. The MIRAGAMO partnership will work on the development, validation and dissemination of an innovative training method in a digital format that contributes to breaking gender stereotypes and stimulates behavioural changes leading to widespread equality on the labour market.
Target Groups And Impact
This group includes professionals engaged with corporate training and/or D&I strategies who need to address, through employee training, specific corporate challenges such as behavioural changes, well-being at the workplace, intergeneration collaboration, D&I management, etc. HR experts responsible for training activities have significant power to influence the corporate climate as education and social awareness have been identified as the main tools to promote gender equality (EC, Women in the digital age). To do so, HR experts need additional training and awareness-raising skills and approaches to help them ensure that the link between diversity and business performance is clear. They also need improved and adapted training tools that will help them attract and retain the attention and the participation of their learners.
This target group includes mid and high-level managers, especially male, but also new entrepreneurs and SMEs’ owners that will be the final recipients of MIRAGAMO project results. The reason for targeting this group is that many sectors like the ICT are predominantly male-dominated and male employees are usually the ones that maintain and impose stereotypes in the organization with their mindset and behaviour. According to several articles on diversity management (Personio), those that have managing and decision-making positions have a significant influence on team behaviour and on whether diversity and inclusion are truly put into practice. Improving their understanding of D&I concerns and challenging their way to approach and to appreciate women employees, could have an even greater impact on the level of implementation of D&I strategies and on improving the well-being and labour inclusion in their organizations.
- Adult trainers engaged in social inclusion initiatives
- Public and private organizations providing adult training for unemployed people (e.g. employment agencies, VET centers, etc.)
- Recruitment specialists who need to understand and avoid the factors and risks of gender based stereotypes and discrimination
- Career counsellors who need to raise awareness among job seekers on how to recognize labour discrimination attitudes
- Entrepreneurs, SME owners and managers that need to implement D&I strategies in their organizations
- Employees working in decentralized offices and agencies having difficulties joining training in headquarters
- Job seekers who need to know their labour rights and to gain know-how for successful job interviews