The Wyred Conference: a discussion on “Young People and Digital Society”

The Wyred Conference took place in Rome with the aim to present the results of the researches carried out through the project.
The guests invited to the Wyred conference express their points of view on the findings. Members of the academic world, journalists and representatives of the institutions were invited to the discussion on the topic “young people and digital society“.
To find out more on the Wyred conference and discussion, click here and watch the video on the Wyred YouTube channel!

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A Poem on Digital Implants

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,

Well.

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Fresh proposals for future education

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.”

Valentina Borowanski, our young idealist longing for a better future for education

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Fotografia che denuncia

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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Partecipazione sociale e voto

Mathematical analysis of social partecipation and vote based on a questionary. It wanted to show how we vote, the thought of people about old generations, the relation between social partecipation and vote, the perception of social involvement and how we can improve it.

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Prevention and contrast cyberbullying and bulling. How do istitutions previde teachers with support for the phenomenon?

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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Come l’Italia è vista dagli altri Paesi – How Italy is seen by other Countries

The aim of this research is to understand how Italy and Italians are seen by other Countries; if usual stereotypes – regarding what people throughout the world think about Italian culture – are reliable or not, and what first comes to foreigners’ mind when they think about Italy.

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