New version of the WYRED Manifesto

A new version of the WYRED Manifesto is available.

The WYRED Manifesto has been created based on consultations with young people in different face to face meetings and events, Delphi2 research and the WYRED
platform.

At least 300 young people from all over Europe, between 15-30 years of
age, took part in its creation and formulation. The manifesto will continue to be a
consultative document throughout WYRED project. This document is a collection
of young people’s thoughts.

Get the WYRED Manifesto:

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“Study of religions against prejudices & stereotypes”: Conferences on the SORAPS Project

In the school year 2018/2019, two meetings have been scheduled in order to introduce students and teachers to the SORAPS Project.

“Marco Foscarini” High School in Venice (Fondamenta Santa Caterina, Cannaregio 4942) hosts both the meetings open to all those who are willing to participate. The first meeting took place on 12 September and the second one will be implemented on 4 December.

The agenda remains unchanged for both the days in order to let those students and teachers who have an interest in it decide when participate.

The aim of these two sessions is not only to present the entire SORAPS Project and its first outcomes in order to involve other teachers both within and outside the School, but also to share the ideas, themes and arguments which lie at the heart of the project with those students who are not (yet) directly involved in it. It is also an occasion to raise interest in Multiplication Training Activities.

Massimo Raveri from Cà Foscari University and Vincenzo Pace from Padua University give their voices to the project, talking about how religions are a renewed presence in the current times, among new medias and violence.

Agenda

10.00 Welcome speech (Massimo Zane, Dirigente Convitto Marco Foscarini)

10.10 Presentation of the SORAPS Project (Giovanni Lapis, Università “Cà Foscari” di Venezia; Elena Nonveiller, liceo “Marco Foscarini”)

10.30 Religions: a renewed presence in the global space? (Vincenzo Pace, “Padua University”)

Debate

Coffee break

11.50 Religions and culture among history and new media (Massimo Raveri, “Cà Foscari” University of Venice)

Debate

Upcoming Closing Teacher Training Event in Florence (Italy), December 2018

The second and last teacher-training event (C2) of the SORAPS Project will also act as a workshop. Supported by tutors and researchers the teachers will evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired so far and present their experience in implementing the in-class activities to the other project teachers. Moreover, in this training event the teachers are prepared for the ensuing multiplication-training phase by showing them how to organise it and by giving them the necessary skills on training other teachers.

When: 17 – 21 December 2018

Duration: 5 Days

Where: Florence (Italy)

What: The teachers will evaluate the course as a whole, evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired so far, and be qualified to train other teachers during the ensuing multiplication-training phase

Who do what: The Partner Schools will provide two teachers each.

SORAPS Project Presentation at Lycée René Cassin Arpajon (France) in May 2018

The Institut européen en sciences des religions (IESR) of the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) hold an informative session on SORAPS at the secondary school René Cassin in Aprajon to an audience consisting of local teachers from three different schools and members of local educational authorities. The session was divided into a theoretical introduction by IESR in the morning and a subsequent practical exploration by the participants in the afternoon.

In the morning session, the participants get an overview on the SORAPS project, its goals, the online training platform in general and its UNITS in particular. Furthermore, links to the previous project IERS (Intercultural Education through Religious Studies) were made. In the afternoon session, the participants discover the online learning environment of SORAPS and IERS. Afterwards there was enough time for discussion. There, it became on the one hand clear that IERS and SORAPS met with great approval, on the other hand especially issued by the involved teachers how hard it is to implement this kind of projects in the French laical educational environment.

SORAPS Project Presentation at the Roma Tre University

The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was officially invited by the Department of Humanities to speak about SORAPS during the workshop “Methods and Tools for the interpretation of religious facts” at the Roma Tre University on May 15th. In addition to the speech by Giovanni Lapis, the coordinator of SORAPS, other exciting speeches by experts, stakeholders and activists were awaiting the participants. All united the goal of implementing the academic view on religions in the classroom. The participants, graduated students, were not only obviously interested, but also took the opportunity to consolidate the networks in the field of religious education in Italian public schools.

SORAPS 3rd General Project Meeting in Salamanca, Spain, April 2018

The partners of the project “Study of Religions against Prejudices and Stereotypes” (SORAPS) met in Salamanca (Spain) at the Institute of Educational Sciences of the University of Salamanca for the third meeting to present their interim results and prepare the next steps. During the meeting, the partners arranged the final details of the first in-presence teacher training event (C1) that was taking place in the same time, agreed to the final version of the IO3 “Online Training Platform” basic features and on the functions and roles of the online tutors, and discussed the first ideas and possible challenges for the multiplication training events in the partner schools. Furthermore, important doubts on administrative and financial issues, still lingering among some partners (especially schools), could be completely clarified.

The partners agreed on that it was a very productive meeting for all. The next meeting will take place in December 2018 in Florence, Italy. The SORAPS project team gives thanks to the team of the GRupo de Investigación en InterAcción y eLearning (GRIAL) for hosting us so kindly and hospitably.

Never too young to know how to act online…

On a rainy day in Tortona, a small town in northern Italy, 130 students from 11 to 17 years old learned by playing how they should act when being online. Using Non-Formal Education methodologies, these young people were engaged in a “learning through gaming” process that gave them a deeper view on how our acts online affect our personal lives offline.
Through several actions, participants have built an online space with their peers and discussed which are the responsibilities they have and how they should act when visiting the Internet. At the same time, as an unexpected consequence, children tackled the issues of rights and attitudes of users, thus bringing the digital world into a real, tangible dimension. Some of the most interesting topics addressed were cyberbullying, fake identities, good and what can be deemed as a bad behaviour online.
But middle and high schoolers were not the only ones reached by WYRED.
As a matter of fact, 60 among youth workers in the field of intercultural dialogue and Civil Service volunteers and coming from all around Europe took part in a series of workshops organised within the WYRED framework. The ultimate objective was that of increasing their engagement in the process of Social Dialogue in Digital Society and also raise their awareness on a series of topics while trying to identify challenges and opportunities.
Since some of the participants where part of the 1st Cycle of WYRED, they also had the chance to present their research and provide the facilitators with new ideas and feedback on how to empower more young people and how to make WYRED even more inclusive.
We are happy to see WYRED growing. Why don’t you join our community?

A shot from a workshop with the Civil Service volunteers

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Feedback from teachers in the Teacher Training Course in Salamanca

Some comments from the participants of the face-to-face week in Salamanca:

“A very interesting week in Salamanca with extraordinary teachers and collegues” by Elena (Italy)

“Una semana completa llena de información, intercultural, internacional, flexible sobre el estudio del fenómeno religioso y el estudio de prejuicios y estereotipos relacionados con ellas” by Ana (Spain)

“Thinking over how to adapt the very interesting contents of the course to the teaching of Language” by Alberto (Spain)

“We worked hard but it was really worth because the themes we discussed were challenging. My congratulations to everybody” by Massimo (Italy)

Presentation of the E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Course

 

Alicia García-Holgado, from the GRIAL Research Group of the University of Salamanca, has presented the E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Course to the partners of the European project Supporting Teachers and Immigrant Students at School (STEMS) funded by the Erasmus+ programme KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. Strategic Partnerships for school education. The presentation was part of agenda in the third meeting of the project that took place in San Javier, Murcia, on 22-23 January 2018.

E-EVALINTO presented by Alicia García-Holgado E-EVALINTO course is presented by Alicia García-Holgado

Announcement for the participation in the SORAPS Training Course hosted by the University of Salamanca (USAL)

As the SORAPS Project enters its implementation phase, the University of Salamanca (USAL) will set up a training course to be held in two sessions: the first one, from 9th to 13th April, 2018, and the second one from 17th to 21st December, 2018. Teachers participating to this course will be able to gain a full picture of the aims and objectives of the SORAPS project, while also learning how to properly make use of the Online Platform and the other tools made available by the project. In addition, teachers will be presented with the main topics related to the aim of the project, such as Human Rights, Religious freedom, stereotypes and intercultural dialogue, and will learn the proper teaching methodologies and techniques to introduce them in class. The sessions will cover a wide array of topics and will envision frontal theoretical lessons as well as practical ones, delivered by the project partner institutions. The contents presented during the course will be deepened during the Online Training, which will constitute the follow up of the face-to-face training.

At this link a provisional syllabus of the training course. Very soon the final agenda of the training course. Stay tuned!