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We bring together education and social innovation to empower the changemakers of tomorrow

The project

The project


NEMESIS stands for “Novel Educational Model Enabling Social Innovation Skills” and it is a European project bringing together education and social innovation.  NEMESIS represents a new approach towards the attainment of social innovation skills by combining innovative learning models, open technologies, and participatory relations and processes. The objective is to foster entrepreneurial mindsets and creative thinking among primary and secondary students, allowing them to become the social innovators of tomorrow.

The project started in October 2017 and it is expected to extend until March 2021.  It will first develop a pedagogical learning framework for social innovation and a ready-to-adapt methodology for schools and other educational settings. The model will then be tested by seven schools in four European countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece and France). This pilot will take place from January to June 2019. A second pilot will take place from December 2019 to June 2020, for which more schools are invited to join.



  •  To develop a model for teaching social innovation skills by combining innovative pedagogies and learning models, the philosophy of open technology, and participatory relations and processes.

  • To design a methodology that brings together students, teachers, parents and education experts with social innovators to collaboratively design educational projects and collaborate to solve real community and sustainability challenges.

  • To build bridges between the learning community and real world social innovation experiences by creating an European community of social innovators willing to engage with the students.

  • To develop an open learning platform with useful resources to educators interested in testing/adopting the model.

  • To give useful resources and tips to break down barriers and facilitate the adoption of the model in educational settings.

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Educational model

Educational model


NEMESIS educational model builds on a combination of innovative pedagogies and learning models, open technologies and participatory relation and practices. These elements come together in the co-creation labs, an open environment where students, teachers, parents and social innovators are gathered together in order to collaborate and co-create educational projects linked to real sustainability and community challenges. Learning comes from actively and collaboratively producing, creating and experimenting.

Design principles

Co-creation of knowledge and collaborative thinking

Knowledge is not just defined by experts, but emerge from the participation and engagement with others. Hence, the model brings together students, teachers, parents and social innovators an engage them into participatory processes for the development of educational activities and resources.

Social dimension of innovation

Innovation alone is not enough. What matters most is its impact in society. The proposed model is intended for the students to gain the skills and tools that will allow them to find creative solutions to their community and sustainability challenges.

Link to real life experiences

Social innovation is about finding creative solutions to community and sustainability challenges. NEMESIS will build on project based learning and the actual involvement and interaction of social innovation with students, so they gain significall skills related to innovation and entrepreneurship such as teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking.

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Innovation in Learning Institute. Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (FAU)
Project coordinator

STIMMULI for Social Change


Ciudad Industrial del Valle del Nalón

Social Enterprise International

European School Heads Association

Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia (KMAKEDPDE)

CEIP Los Albares

Agrupamento de Escolas da Maia (AEMaia)

Herringthorpe Junior School

Les Têtes de l’Art


Generation Generous


Banda UE

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 770348.
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