The WYRED consortium held its second meeting at the end of May in Vienna, the home of our partner MOVES. While other parts of Europe had rain, we enjoyed a very sunny and warm couple of days at Impact Hub Vienna, a pleasant airy venue for the meeting, with interesting decoration, as you can see!
The meeting was very successful.
The project is at the end of the Delphi stage of the research cycle and the social dialogue stage is just beginning, in which young people will discuss the themes that most interest them and identify questions that they want to research in the next stage, which runs from July through to the New Year of 2018. The process is generating interesting insights about the issues that most concern young people, and about the differences between the subjects adults feel are important and those that young people feel most strongly about. A particularly interesting contrast arises in relation to the relative importance that each group gives to media literacy, and this is something the project may be examining in more detail as the work progresses.
The project is also about to launch its internal platform which will make it possible for young people from all over Europe to join in online. We will publish more news about this soon.
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When the WYRED project was launched back in fall 2016 many open questions raised in the air. Several partners from academia, national education systems, NGOs and youth organisations planning the steps leading a research project where children and young people are not only the objects of the research, but also researchers themselves about their relationship with online tools and their perceptions of youth participation in society.
The idea of the project is to cross children and young people perspectives concerning digital society with adult stakeholders’ perspectives of young people in digital society.
Obviously, we have got very different views of the same reality.
In Italy, stakeholders identify as most neglected issues related to young people by the government and the national media quality education and job opportunities, whereas for young people the most relevant issues are intercultural understanding in terms of inclusion, positive discrimination, internet safety and gender discrimination. According to youth perspectives education and employment should be the key elements to dignify their lives and overcome the above mentioned challenges for the present and the future young generations.
The student from Rome University La Sapienza wrote: “Today young people’s opinion is widely excluded from the political discourse and in decision making processes”.
We are working on that, TOGETHER, in WYRED!
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On the occasion of the activity “ Youth-Friendly Social Policies’ Training course”, linked to the EU Project coordinated by the Van Gobernorate (Turkey) “Youth-friendly Social Policies (YoFSoP)”, students and practitioners from different countries joined the course to learn and discuss about social policies for youth. From the University of Salamanca, one student attended this training action and took the opportunity to present the activities and main objectives of WYRED Project.
The topics covered in the training program were: Youth as a Social Individual, Social Responsibility, Inclusion in Social Policies, Education in Social Policies, Health in Social Policies, Social Policy Proposal Workshops, Activity Plan For Future. The participants gained sufficiency in the field of developing social policies and have responsibility about social policies in their organizations.
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Several analyses and assessments, involving 100 students and 30 teachers from the partner schools, have been carried out over the last few months in order to design the guidelines on stereotypes and preconceptions, which will prove crucial to develop and implement the training activities for teachers.
The questionnaires have shown the diversities between the point of view of the trainers and those of the students on the most common stereotypes and preconceptions, as well as on the hot topics in the interfaith and intercultural dialogue. According to the interviews with the teachers, the three main topics to be discussed are Islam, other particular issues such as religious sects and cults, and the Christianity in all its complexity. On the other hand, the analysis carried out on the students’ point of view showed that they would rather discuss religion as such, considering Islam a secondary issue.
For further information, please refer to the document “Appendix 1_Summary and comments responses questionnaires”, which summarises the results of the analysis carried out.
An international training course aimed at promoting the intercultural dialogue through the teaching of religion in high schools was held in Venice, from 13 to 17 March 2017.
In the setup of said course, the experience gathered during the implementation of the IERS – Intercultural Education Through Religious Studies https://iers.unive.it/ project proved significantly crucial to ensure the remarkable participation of 17 teachers from all over Europe in the training activities. A wide range of theoretical and practical issues were covered, ranging from all the diverse approaches to learning religion to the different methods to use ICT in class. All the participants expressed their satisfaction towards the issues addressed and the methodologies used.
This peculiar kind of learning process has been designed for the purpose of being replicated in other Member States in the near future. The learning process was an opportunity to present the new SORAPS project, which takes up its partners and objectives from the previous IERS project; the proposed action has been welcomed with great interest by the teachers involved, who expressed their willingness to be active parts of the follow-up project. In the end, we can confidently conclude that these relations, synergies and continuities between different Actions represent a fundamental way of guaranteeing the positive impact of project activities on both beneficiaries and targeted partners.
For further information, please refer to the following documents: http://bit.ly/2xRyTR3 and https://iers.unive.it/in-service-traning/.
A central aim of the WYRED project is to take into account the perspectives of a broad variety of stakeholders from the very start of the project, but especially those of young people, and this extends to the way we approach communication. We would like the project slogan to be created by young people, so we have designed a competition for young people, where you create our slogan!
Have a look at the Slogan Competition!
Send your slogan here! (Deadline 28/04/2017)
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The young have a key role to play in our society. They are frequently the drivers of new behaviours and understandings, and since they are part of the future society their views and perceptions should be taken into account. However, they are not well represented and their voices are unheard, and this makes it hard for research and policy to identify and understand their needs.
WYRED will create a framework for dialogue and research in which children and young people can express and explore the key issues that they see as important. The aim is to give young people a voice and provide platform from which they can communicate their perspectives to others. These others include teachers, parents, other young people and especially decision makers who can inform policy, particularly in relation to children and young people’s needs in relation to digital society.
One central aim of WYRED is to take into account the perspectives of a broad variety of stakeholders from the very start of the project. We therefore ask all our stakeholders to share with us, in this short questionnaire, their views on what is important for todays´ children and youth.
The questionnaire is available in the partner countries’ languages.
Choose the language and click on the link to access the questionnaire: EN, DE, ES, HE, IT, TR.
Thank you for your collaboration!
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The WYRED project begins with the need to clarify objectives, and for this purpose we have set out a manifesto, our statement of intentions.
There is a Consortium Manifesto, that sets out the philosophy of the researchers and youth organisations that have set up the project and who will support the process, providing ideas and suggestions where necessary. This constitutes our perspective on the work.
However, given that our philosophy is that young people should own the whole WYRED process, an initial Children and Young People’s Manifesto was drafted with the help of young people in Belgium. This is just a starting point. It is however an open document, comments and suggested changes are welcome.
Send your suggestions to: email@example.com
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The kick-off meeting of the project was held by GRIAL Research Group at the University of Salamanca (Spain) on November 2016.