The refugees problem and the future

The students of Tel Aviv Summer University took a tour to the south of Tel Aviv city – where a lot of disadvantaged communities live. They learned about problems of the refugee’, the newcomers to the neighborhood, and of the host population.

Using the future wheel method, which they have practiced while being led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of the unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, they tried to understand what would be the expression of the problem in the future.

The discussion started with the understanding that developments in transportation have led to a situation in which migration is sometimes easier, and the developments in communications and consumerism have led to raising awareness among populations to the gap between them and the developed countries. All of these are increasing the desire to emigrate. Then, they wrote the headline “Refugees – The Young Generation”, and the arrows from the headline point to the words “Poverty”, “Connection to Israelis”, “Crime”, “Overcrowding”, “Employment” and “Education”. The word “Overcrowding” was associated with the word “Higher Education” (in the context of innovative housing solutions) and the word “Employment” was linked to the words “Robots” and “Unemployment”.

Then, they figured out that the solution is education, so they had written the word “Education” and the arrows pointed to the words: “Budget,” “Socialization”, “Language”, “Computer Science”, “Motivation”, “Exact sciences”. They also examined various aspects of the question of socialization.

 

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A special presentation of the WYRED project

A major milestone for The Tel Aviv Summer University  program was achieved as the young students presented their projects in their graduation ceremony.
The program was led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, and the Youth Summer University’s staff. The students were exposed to various issues related to the digital society in the present and in the future, focusing on the Israeli society. It was done through various tours in relevant places and lectures about different subjects. Following that, the students were asked to identify a problem that would be important in the year 2030, to explore it, analyze, and propose creative solutions that will engage with large audiences and reach the decision makers. The work was done in teams where the students could express their opinion in a moderated dialog.

During the graduation ceremony the WYRED project was presented, and the students showcased their projects to a wide audience including (no : necessary) senior representatives from  the Israeli Ministry of Education, researchers from Tel Aviv University, visitors from the third sector, educators and the families of the participants. 
You can have a small glimpse of two scenes video clip from one of the team projects, which deals with the refugees issue:

(Shown in the picture above : The young students are standing in front of a slide that says “Thank you” in a special font that combines letters in Hebrew and Arabic).

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ם The young students of the “Tel Aviv Summer Youth University” in a mission for a better future

The young students of the Summer Youth University, were called this year for a special mission; As part of the WYRED project (netWorked Youth Research for Empowerment in the Digital society) – a cross-border European project, funding by “Horizon 2020, Europe in a changing world” – they were asked to explore the future society, and – representing the young generation – point out dilemmas and issues that they will present as a challenge to the decision-makers, locally and globally.

The participants  received a good luck greeting from  Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, accompanied the project.  

The program began with a video clip – presented by imaginary student from the year 2030, who described a pessimistic scenario of the future, wich required their  immediate action in order to have a better future.   The first phase was a journey of learning and researching various problems related to the current reality and the future of  the Israeli society through tours and lectures in a variety of subjects: artificial intelligence, information society, economic gaps, cultural and social cleavages, inclusion and issues relating to sustainability and mega cities.

During the next phase, the students will receive a practical tools that will enable them to learn different ways to express their opinions, engage large audiences and reach decision makers. This will be done through lectures about social activity, lobbying, media workshops and more. 

Summer Youth University is a project that enables high school students from Israel’s geographic periphery, most of whom are the first generation for higher education in their family, to have an academic semester at Tel Aviv University. The participants in the program, who have a high potential for excellence in studies, are located with the help of high school principals from the north, to the south. As such, they are a representative and fresh expression of the spectrum of voices of the younger generation in Israel. Tel-Aviv Youth University operates in the Tel Aviv University’s School of Education. It is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive excellence center in Israel.

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ם The young students of the “Tel Aviv Summer Youth University” in a mission for a better future

The young students of the Summer Youth University, were called this year for a special mission; As part of the WYRED project (netWorked Youth Research for Empowerment in the Digital society) – a cross-border European project, funding by “Horizon 2020, Europe in a changing world” – they were asked to explore the future society, and – representing the young generation – point out dilemmas and issues that they will present as a challenge to the decision-makers, locally and globally.

The participants  received a good luck greeting from  Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, partner in the project.  

The program began with a video clip – presented by imaginary student from the year 2030, who described a pessimistic scenario of the future, wich required their  immediate action in order to have a better future.   The first phase was a journey of learning and researching various problems related to the current reality and the future of  the Israeli society through tours and lectures in a variety of subjects: artificial intelligence, information society, economic gaps, cultural and social cleavages, inclusion and issues relating to sustainability and mega cities.

During the next phase, the students will receive practical tools that will enable them to learn different ways to express their opinions, engage large audiences and reach decision makers. This will be done through lectures about social activity, lobbying, media workshops and more. 

Summer Youth University is a project that enables high school students from Israel’s geographic periphery, most of whom are the first generation for higher education in their family, to have an academic semester at Tel Aviv University. The participants in the program, who have a high potential for excellence in studies, are located with the help of high school principals from the north, to the south. As such, they are a representative and fresh expression of the spectrum of voices of the younger generation in Israel. Tel-Aviv Youth University operates in the Tel Aviv University’s School of Education. It is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive excellence center in Israel.

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How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them?

The objective of the group was to investigate how differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them? 

Methodology: active research trough an interview video in which it describes all the different perspective that interviewed children have on the topics mentioned above. 

Target group: children aged from 6 to 10 years old attending a Children’s home.

 

Recommendations: 

Taking into account the incapacity for children to understand some terms or behaviours, a small tool like videos helped them comprehend better what was the context. Understanding the ages, it is important to use a relevant and friendly context. Discussion sometimes is not enough. Visual and digital tools are necessary. Specially as we and they grow in a digital era. This frame of bullying and extreme behaviours will be part of their lives offline and online. Therefore it is important to: 

Stress the need to promote more activities in order to engage children into a discussion about tolerance, inclusion, exclusion and perception of diversity. That needs a balance between online and offline aspects with the use of various tools. That includes digital tools, that visualise examples and test the “understanding of concepts”. 

To correctly explain the meaning of these words and teach them the importance of tolerance among different cultures and opinions, so with more probability they will avoid discriminatory and bullying actions when they grown up. Children don’t really know the meaning of discrimination and bullying and they see all their classmates equal. As this process connects to them entering the digital world very soon, it should also link this concepts on the online part. Today digital connects to both offline and online with no gap between them. Children are really open minded and fast learner, so we should put all our efforts to build up a new inclusive generation, using any possible means.

 

Objectives: 
How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children.

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Alumnas inspiradas

Autoras: Paula Catoya Zurdo, Natalia Pérez Alfaraz
Este conjunto de relatos ilustra con tres breves historias la visión de las autoras sobre la nación, la identidad personal y la visión de un mundo global.
Objectives: 
Narrar, a través de tres historias breves, la visión personal de las autoras sobre los tres conceptos de nación, identidad personal y globalización

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