Jasmin, Anastasia and Patrik from Hertha-Firnberg-Schools in Austria decided to call attention to Digital Implants in an unusual way: they wrote a poem!
The objective of the poem is the sensitization of society for the dangers digital implants may have in the future.
For animals, especially for dogs, it is common practice to implant RFID
(Radion Frequency Identification) chips, in order to easily identify them when getting lost.
Humans use implants (in the size of rice grains) for an “easy” way to open car, house or office-doors, for e-banking, to access the mobile or to provide medical data in case of emergency. These chips are not too expensive and can even be implemented in a piercing-studio. But do we really want a future like that? Is surveillance the consequence of this form of convenience? These are the questions the YP rise in their focussed poem, which invites to reflection on this issue.
Roses are red,
implants are small,
we don’t know whether they’re
good at all.
What does the future hold,
Are we just being controlled?
Is surveillance the only goal?
Are we selling our soul?
Only the future will tell,
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The 17-year-old girl Irem Abdurrazzakoglu opens our eyes to the urgent need for young people in Turkey to raise their voices and defend their ideas and opinions. The WYRED Project helps them to express their thoughts freely.
My name is İrem Abdurrazzakoğlu. I am a student from Çamlıca Theological High School for Girls in Turkey. I am 17 years old and I believe that, as a young person, I need to express my thoughts.
The WYRED project is an umbrella platform for me, on which we can work on creative projects, express our ideas and take on responsibilities. We will be thrown into the ‘adult world’ sooner or later, so before this happens we should improve ourselves. I attended the WYRED social dialogues and joined the community as a teenager to produce new ideas with other students. Today, young people are not given much space to have a say. However, we want to change that. With projects such as WYRED, which enables us to make ourvoices heard, we are taking trainings for a society in which everyone freely shares ideas, respects ideas and is equal.
After the general elections in Turkey, I thought I should revise my topic and decide to write about democracy. As we all know, we live in a world where democracy prevails. Every day, many regulations are made in order to make people’s life easier. Although the layout we live in looks nice from the outside, does it actually give us the opportunity to express our thoughts freely? With the recent elections in our country, young people started to get more attention from the state. We started to follow the demonstrations organised by the party leaders. With these regulations, we are told, young people will have more rights and advantages. When will we start to express ourselves better as young people? It is obvious that each person will have their own ideas. We all want to tell people about these ideas in the best possible way. As a matter of fact, we are fighting a lot about our ideas. We all strive to defeat each other in the direction of our political ideals and ideologies. Sometimes we break each other’s hearts to justify our ideas. Sometimes adults try to impose their ideas on us and do not allow us to have our own thoughts. It is not well received for a right-wing father to have a left-wing child. In such situations, we simply keep our ideas to ourselves and remain silent. Sometimes we are not allowed to talk, they say we are too young to defend our ideas. We often hear that we do not know anything and that’s why we cannot decide.
In short, we cannot have any idea, we cannot defend ourselves ideologically and we do not respect the opinions of others. But we can change it, we can learn to argue in a respectful way and prove that we have meaningful ideas. In addition to the above, young people cannot explain their own thoughts as much in school. One of the main reasons for this is that students are not taken seriously by administrators. Students are hesitant to submit their ideas and suggestions in their schools, or they cannot get a feedback. They face a sanction; they are subject to disciplinary threats or cannot receive a response. If our own ideas are not respected, our self-esteem as young people is damaged, we are forced to stay in silence and we are exposed to injustice. Some changes must be made so that young people in schools do not face such situations. For example, a school council should be established and every student should be able to express complaints and suggestions. In the elections held in school, every student must be eligible without any age and class restrictions. Students should not be dismissed when they comment on a situation. The administrators should always be open to students and give importance to their ideas. Do not forget that we are young people, representatives of the future and our ideas are important.
Listen to the young people’s voice, please. We are trying to raise it.
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We do believe that the best way to show how WYRED truly brings out the voice of youth is by presenting the artifacts realized by the young participant to this project. As a matter of fact, nothing tells us about the youth of today more than turning their own words, their own feelings and ideas down into tangible objects for you to see. The success story we are about to tell you is quite a representative example of how this is true.
Valentina Borowansky, a 17-year old from Austria, has written an essay on the topic of future education, called “The Prison School – How the System Fails us”.
“We study. A lot. But we don’t really know anything. We can’t use it. We are not smarter than before.
But how does this work out? We go to school. We study. Then why don’t we know anything?
Did we fail the system? Or did the system fail us?” – is what she asks herself, and us, in her paper aiming to show how today’s school system makes children, young people and their own parents “all prisoners”.
Her ultimate objective is that of demonstrating how school actually doesn’t just provide children and young people with knowledge, but also takes knowledge from them. “The current school system is twisted, outdated, unauthentic and hostile of individuality. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are alternatives.”
Valentina outlines six essential points that, according to her, turn school into “a prison”.
- The 50-minute school lessons: often meaning that students are forced to stop in the middle of a vivid discussion, an experiment or a fruitful analysis, and forced to focus on something totally different;
- Young people do not have enough free time: this is especially frustrating as they enter into their final years of school, as they could devote their time to their interests to relieve themselves of the burdens imposed by school, homework and tests. Their spare time is too often overloaded with school-like activities (es. cram school), with the goal of helping them to succeed in school.
- Too much importance is given to marks. Everybody has to achieve their best results. Since no mistake is allowed, young people are always put under the pressure of having to achieve good marks. Doing bad at school often leads to low self-esteem. Any curiosity for something different than school is put off, as school often takes more knowledge from students than it gives.
- To be successful students have to put on a mask to hide their own individuality. “Do not invite unwanted attention, stay somewhere in the middle”, then you will succeed. Even after school is just the same.
- School topics have nothing to do with real life. For example, there is no connection between the formulas forcibly memorized in maths and reality. They are being just learned for the test and forgotten after 2 minutes…
- The school system will not admit responses differing from “YES”. A student’s life is all about agreeing, respecting rules, being subjected to somebody. These teachings might be prove useful in the future, but which one? This has nothing to do with the future we are heading to.
When focusing on solutions, Valentina argues that there already exist teachers with innovative approaches in didactics and methodology. However, this is just one side of the coin. The other side is the entire education system, which keeps parents, teachers and young people together. Valentina proposes new, democratic, alternative model of schools: for example “Kapriole in Freiburg”, or “The free school in Leipzig” which focus on childrens’ and young people’s individual skills and let the teachers play the role of empowering “Learning-Coaches” that foster the curiosity of the learners.
“Maybe this is not the ultimate solution for our old-crusted system, but it takes the right direction. We need to start learning, understanding, exploring and researching again. The people of tomorrow need a school of tomorrow.”
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Ciao a tutti! Mi chiamo Noemi Ricci, ho 20 anni , vengo da Roma e frequento il secondo anno di Scienze Politiche. Nel mio progetto,”Fotografia che denuncia”, la globalizzazione e le disuguaglianze sociali fanno da macro argomento e da supporto al tema della fotografia come mezzo di denuncia da parte di numerose ONG (Organizzazioni Non Governative).
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I’m Simona, the student from ‘La Sapienza” University of Rome. I’m study social servieces I’m working on research project focussing on cyberbullying and bullying.The research have a questionnaire online for the teachers. The goal is to capture every point of view of the teachers to ascertain the knowledge of the phenomenon of cyberbullying and the importance of prevention and awareness of the phenomenon in every single school.
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