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.

GENDER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

Gender and gender identities are in the middle of the social dialogue like never before. In the digital era, people try to explore themselves in terms of gender, sexual orientation and identity. Social media had definitely played a major role in people’s everyday lives and cultural, social and personal expression and exploration. The debate on if the social media have enhanced the social dialogue on gender or if instead have created more space for hate speech and discrimination is yet from over. However, before proceeding in understanding the relation between gender identities and online media, the definitions and conceptual notions of the terms “gender” and “non-binary gender identity” need to be clarified.

Objectives: 
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING AROUND GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES?
GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES ON MEDIA

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Social Media and Causes of Stress

Young people who use social media believe that they are an important part of their life. Mainly to facts that are linked to social interaction, catching up with local and international news, employment and entertainment.

Social Media could cover negative feelings, especially with some aggressive or judgmental comments and messages or even being bullied online, the young people interviewed believe that they know how to avoid hostile behavior online.

On the other hand, based on research and responses, the excessive use creates a great amount of stress to them. Social media makes it easy to gradually lose your initial purpose and go through all kinds of websites.

Objectives: 
Does Digital Identity lead to stressful behavior in real life?
What is the impact of SM on users life?

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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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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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Our environmental future

Wouldn´t it be great when our world looked like the symbolic picture for the environment project? In fact, we are far away from there. Big countries dissolve international agreements on climate change, other countries do not fulfil, what promised with regard to the reduction of CO2 emissions, there are even persons arguing that the climate change aas nothing but a lie. How can they? It is our planet and our future!

The following (digital) collage brings together some information on environmental issues and links the project to the YouTube-Video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry”. Should be seen by every decision maker in the field. 

Objectives: 
Raise awareness for environmental issues affecting young peoples future

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Animal Protection

In a short text Romca – a dog – explains that it is a living being, having the right to be treated properly by humans. A list of organisations still using animals for different exeriments is shown. 
Objectives: 
Raise attention on animals' rights.

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Waste of Food – Appeal to the EU

This project aims at reduction food waste in formulating an appeal to the EU. It is suggested 

1) Explain to consumersthat the expiration date does not mean, that the product is no longer consumable, but still – even for a long time after the best before date – can be eaten: The expiration date is no reason to throw away food!

2) Food waste is massively given, when especially vegetables and friuts are sorted out, just because they do not for to European norms. These products could be offered for cheaper prices to persons of lower economic status.

 

 

Objectives: 
Reduction of food waste

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