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.

Ready for EYE2018

The WYRED team (from Brussels, Spain, Austria and Turkey) at the entrance of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, ready to attend the opening ceremony of EYE 2018.

Under the motto “The plan is to fan this spark into a flame.” (Hamilton, My Shot), 8,000 young people from all over Europe meet in Strasbourg to come up with ideas for the future of Europe and discuss with European decision makers.

WYRED participates in the event through two sessions:

Friday, 1 June, 15:00 – 16:30: The digital revolution continues: what will be the next steps?
Workshop at Yo!Fest Village

Young people have been navigating the digital society from an early age and technology has always played a prominent role in their lives. As such, their voices should be represented in discussions on how this society should evolve. What do you think are the most important changes we need to implement in the future? How do you envision the ideal digital society? Join us to discuss with other young people, design your own plan and become an active participant in the digital revolution!

Saturday, 2 June, 14:00-15:00: Growing up in a digital society: What matters most to young people?
Event at the European Parliament (with the participation of  MEPs – Ms Terry Reintke and Mr Brando Benifei, YFJ – Ms Mari Strømsvåg, YEU – Matej Manevski)
Today’s young people have grown up in a digital world, but they rarely get a say on what matters most in our digital society and what our priorities should be. Their world has been shaped, and is still being shaped, by others. Instead of being seen as passive objects of others’ decisions, young people should be fully included in conversations on their own future. What do you think is the most important issue in our digital society? Join this discussion with experts and policy-makers and come up with solutions to these issues together.

 At the end of the dialogue with the MPEs, Vera, Guillermo and Manuel, three young students from Spain, will present their short film “The face of society”, developed as a research project in WYRED. The video is an invitation to reflect on the effects of globalization, excessive consumption and technology in the creation of undifferentiated young people without their own identity, which reflect the face of society, and not their own.

Special thanks to all the YEU team, our WYRED partner, who made this experience possible.

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IES F. García Bernalt of Salamanca participates in the E-EVALINTO project

The IES F. Garcia Bernalt of Salamanca in one of the European schools that joined the E-EVALINTO project piloting in 2018.

The school, very active in the social field through numerous projects in the field of Service Learning, involves the students in “living experiences” in collaboration with different associations, movements, residences and NGOs such as the Food Bank and Cáritas.
During 2017-2018, as part of the initiatives undertaken under the annual school programme, named this year “Include yourself, include me”, a group of teachers participated in the EVALINTO teacher training course and organized peer mentoring activities with their students.

Tales from the first WYRED’s youth-led Showcase Workshop in Rome!

The first WYRED youth-led meeting, suitably named “Young researchers in the digital society”, took place last Friday at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations of the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy.

Our partner Oxfam Italia , organized and supervisor of the whole initiative, briefly introduced the project and the work carried out by the young participants over the last academic year and then merged into the roundtables that were scheduled for the day. The meeting did not provide for an external moderator, in order not to steal the show from the young researchers and let them expose the methodologies used, make their points, host and foster the debate on their own. The audiences consisted of students, lecturers, representatives from the main local authorities, all praising the innovativeness of the event, the methodologies used and the topics chosen by the young ones. Sometimes, the Oxfam staff had to cut the debate short to make it possible for everyone to have their say…they were so caught up in conversation that they totally forgot about the time limits!

The topics discussed between the young researchers and their audiences are listed below. We truly wish to repeat this wonderful experience next year, so that even more young people will be able to enjoy the opportunities provided by the WYRED Project. Please keep supporting us!

 

The Showcase Workshop’s roundtables:

  • Young people, media and self-depiction social media foster the narcissistic need of receive approval from peers: as a consequence, relationships developed online often lead to social isolation, emotional distress, performance anxiety, and then to bullying and cyberbullying. However, young people often are not informed about data privacy and Internet security at all. What to do?
  • Young people, labour-market and political participation The research projects all point out that young people today do not feel any sense of belonging to communities and/or generations. They do not feel anything that is not apathy and withdrawal when confronted with civic engagement and rational voting. They do not even recognize themselves as NEETs and prove to be unable to find individual solutions to achieve active citizenship and personal fulfilment. What to do?
  • Young people, globalization and social inclusion– The stereotypes on Italy and Italians by foreign people show how, even in our country, people changed their perception of immigration over the last few years. Only the negative side of globalisation are addressed, that is precisely why foreign students are often discriminated in schools. What to do?

 

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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)

Teachers from the Irish school St. Paul’s CBS join the teacher training course

The first Irish school to join as research partners is St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street. With a migrant student population of over 35%, it is hoped that the students will benefit greatly from participation in this European study.  Teachers, Ms. Valerie Roe and Mr. Ciaran Geraghty are looking forward to engaging with the ten students who will work together over the coming weeks.

E-EVALINTO project at ESAI 2018

Dr. Bernadette Sweetman and Prof. Joe O’Hara of EQI DCU presenting on the E-Evalinto project at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2018 conference.

The ESAI (Education Studies Association of Ireland) 41st Annual Conference took place at UCD from 5th – 7th April 2018.  The theme of this year’s conference was Values and Purpose in Education, a theme that is highly significant in the current research of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection of Dublin (EQI).

EQI, partner of the E-EVALINTO project, were well presented with researchers from the Centre presenting seven papers at the conference as well as chairing some sessions. One of the presentations was devoted to our project topic: “Tackling early school leaving in migrant populations through peer mentoring”. An overview of the curriculum and online educational resources developed inside the project has been presented and a summary of the engagement in schools by the project participants has been outlined.

The Conference Book of Abstracts is available at http://esai.ie/conference-2018-book-of-abstracts/

 

E-EVALINTO Teacher Training Session at ITIS “Galileo Galilei” of Arezzo

On occasion of the Teacher Training Session held on the 8th March of 2018 at ITIS “Galileo Galilei” of Arezzo, Industrial and Technical School, we had the chance to see the implementation of activities of the Mentoring project. This school has experienced Oxfam Intercultural Mentoring Project since three years and it has been successful in the engagement of young students, both as mentors and mentees. The mentees comes from different parts of the world: from Africa to Asia passing through Eastern Europe. The students are at this point able to conduct their tasks with minimum supervision and there is a great trust between them and the two coordinators. All the students involved in the program demonstrated a good interest towards the new activities proposed from E-EVALINTO assignments. [Youngsters already find some “free” moments inside the normal homework timetable to interact between them about their different cultural backgrounds: we spotted a nice scene where a Chinese boy was teaching to his Italian mentor how to eat with chopstick, using two pencils and a rubber for the demonstration! A possible challenge will be there when these young people are invited to reflect on their differences in a more structured way and then to put the results into written words and finally to assess each other performances.]

In the need assessment phase, in fact, it emerged from the students a strong request for an increase in intercultural events and activities inside the school circuit. Keeping in mind the priority school needs of the students, E-EVALINTO might represents a positive chance to go deeper in the process of interculturalism and integration.  After many years concentrating in homework and after-school sessions and in addressing the academic weakness of the mentees involved, these new ludic and playful activities are a mean to even out the school differences and to bring the tutor-mentee relationship to a more personal level. E-EVALINTO activities are an enriching chance for the whole program that is already a best practice in intercultural mentoring experiences. Actually, creating stronger personal relationships between students with different backgrounds is a powerful way to prevent school drop-outs and to nourish broader intercultural sensitivity.

It is also an opportunity for teachers and trainers to learn the importance of a pre-structured evaluation mechanism, as envisaged in the project. In fact, there is a low awareness about the importance of peer assessment and self-assessment as a different way to promote personal growth. Furthermore, EVALCOMIX offers the chance to teachers and students to receive a training on the use of the digital platforms (school funds allocated to computer technology are very poor). On the side of migrant students, EVALCOMIX represents a stable mean to stay updated on the progresses of the activities even when they are abroad or busy somewhere else. In fact, it is typical for some young foreign people (for instance among the Chinese community) to go back to their Country of origin during special occasions, or to have a part-time job that sometimes make them skip afterschool activities.