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About Fit to Belong
Fit to Belong was initiated following publication in the UK of the results of a large-scale survey – the BBC Loneliness Experiment - that explored the role of belongingness in different cultures. In the publication, it was clear that a lack of belonging was a common, but often confusing, experience for adolescents. Based on this data, the project partners decided to look for common solutions to help young people manage their loneliness experiences to feel more connected in their communities and schools.
The project consortium combines the research capacity of academics and the educational expertise of teachers and youth workers related to this issue of belongingness among adolescents, specifically among those in transition years. As project outputs, the partners will develop both formal and informal learning and teaching materials. These outputs will aim at supporting adolescents to create a sense of value and belonging within their environments and communities.