Gamification in Greece: a work in progress

According to Gabe Zichermann, the world’s foremost expert and public speaker on the subject, gamification “is a process of using game thinking and game dynamics to engage audiences and solve problems”. But has Greece joined in the game yet?

If you factor in the marketing and advertising industry, the short answer is yes: from point rewarding banking systems to pizza delivery apps featuring storytelling for choosing a topping, gamification has been a part of our lives for quite a while now. On corporate management level, the Lego ® Serious Play® methodology is gaining moreground by the day, with VasilisGkogkidis being one of its most prominent advocates and facilitators through recurring training seminars around Greece.

Yet, little to no progress is being made to introduce gamification and game-based learning on the field of education, despite reports stating that they can have a direct impact on students’ motivation by improving their engagement in class, their satisfaction and their performance. Similarly promising results have also been confirmed on the field of disability and special education. Good practices can be found all around: Joshua Hartman is teaching Ancient Greek to USA college students using a uniquely designed board game, while high-schoolers in Greece struggle to memorize a language they regard as obsolete.

Erasmus+ courses actively seek to incorporate game oriented learning into Greek education and frankly, this is a much needed breath of fresh air. AddArt rises to the challenge and as partners of the Erasmus+ KA2 Spread the Game, we aim to exchange concrete knowledge and provide educators in Europe with all the tools needed in order to improve the quality of education and the level of inclusion for people with disabilities through the use of gamification techniques.

Written by Giannis Kanlis
Project Manager at AddArt

Let’s meet ADDART

AddArt is a nonprofit multi-arts organization from Greece with a core mission to add art to everyday life. Founded in early 2014 in the rich cultural fabric of the city of Thessaloniki, it consists of highly experienced members and artists who have proved themselves both in and outside of their local community.

From its outset, AddArt is perceived as a laboratory of ideas and a springboard for artistic expression based on the principle that art and culture may catalyze change and act as agents of social and economic development. “Spread the Game” is a very promising project that will allow us to delve deeper into the realities of disability, to learn more about the numerous challenges disabled persons face on a daily basis and how gamification can provide unique and viable solutions in order to improve the quality of their everyday activities.

Our organization is eager to bring our creativity and game design expertise on the table, but to also pair them with the extensive experience and deep understanding that our partner organizations have on the fields of education and integration for people with disabilities.

We believe that the exchange of good practices between countries and experts will prove invaluable in the future dissemination of the results, allowing innovative techniques and much needed know-how to flow freely and reach each one of the participating parties, and thus the communities they represent.

Ricerchiamo partecipanti per lo scambio giovanile Using Smart(phone)!

Sei pronto a metterti in gioco e a vivere un’esperienza multiculturale con giovani di altri paesi? Partecipa allo scambio giovanile “Using Smart(phone) sull’uso e abuso di internet e del cellulare!

Siamo alla ricerca di 6 giovani residenti a Palermo, di età compresa tra i 18 ai 25 anni per lo scambio giovanile “Using Smart(phone) realizzato nell’ambito del programma ERASMUS+.

Le attività si svolgeranno dal 6 al 12 ottobre a Palermo.

Il progetto intende sensibilizzare sul tema delle dipendenze legato all’uso di internet e del cellulare, oltre che promuoverne un uso intelligente, equilibrato e funzionale. Negli ultimi anni, infatti, si è assistito a una crescita considerevole dell’uso e abuso di internet e di un aumento di comportamenti disfunzionali.

Durante la settimana del progetto, i partecipanti saranno guidati verso l’analisi della loro relazione con internet e il raggiungimento di una migliore consapevolezza dei loro comportamenti, grazie ad attività di ricerca, interviste, brainstorming, documentari e tanto altro. Lo scambio intende innescare un comportamento più sano per affrontare il condizionamento che gli smartphone possono provocare nella vita dei giovani, permettendo così ai partecipanti di soffermarsi sugli aspetti positivi e negativi dei vari strumenti digitali. Il progetto promuove gli obiettivi Erasmus+ incoraggiando la partecipazione attiva dei giovani, il pensiero critico e le abilità chiave.

Lo scambio è coordinato da H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization (Italia) con la partecipazione di Hellenic Youth Participation (Grecia), European Youth Center Břeclav Z.S. (Repubblica Ceca), Cross Cultural International Foundation (Malta), ed è co-finanziato all’interno del programma Erasmus+.

Per maggiori informazioni consulta l’infopack del progetto o scrivi a g.spina@hryo.org.

Per inviare la tua candidatura compila il seguente form.

Using-smartphone-INFOPACK_pdf

[:it]Progetto “U-Civic”: innovazione nell’educazione civica per i giovani di Europa e America Latina[:en]”U-Civic” project: innovation in civic education for young people of Europe and Latin America[:]

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U-Civic è un progetto realizzato da Human Rights Youth Organisation (HRYO) in Italia, Asociación Civil Gurises Unidos in Uruguay, Centro de Estudios Paraguayos Antonio Guasch (CEPAG) in Paraguay and Biderbost, Boscán & Rochin (BB&R) in Spagna. Si inserisce nel quadro della key action 2, riguardante la cooperazione per l’innovazione e lo scambio di buone pratiche, e specificamente nell’azione di rafforzamento delle capacità per i giovani dei paesi dell’ACP, America Latina e Asia. È finanziato con il sostegno del programma Erasmus+ della Commissione Europea.

La premessa su cui si basa la proposta progettuale è la diminuzione della legittimazione politica tra i giovani Europei e Latinoamericani e la conseguente compromissione della qualità della democrazia, soprattutto tra i giovani appartenenti alle classi sociali meno abbienti.

L’idea principale del progetto concerne l’utilizzo di nuove tecnologie per l’educazione civica. La creazione di nuove conoscenze per supportare gli youth workers nell’incremento delle competenze politiche tra le nuove generazioni.

Pertanto “U-Civic” intende: realizzare uno scambio di buone pratiche (tra Italia, Paraguay, Spagna e Uruguay) su cui le strategie operino efficacemente e che siano allettanti per la legittimazione civica e politica delle nuove generazioni (specialmente i giovani con minori opportunità). Inoltre, è prevista la creazione di un Toolkit virtuale e gratuito per l’empowerment civico-politico delle nuove generazioni.

Nonostante i differenti contesti in cui operano le quattro organizzazioni, possiedono tutte delle peculiarità che rendono significativo il loro contributo al progetto.

HRYO è un’organizzazione non governativa i cui obiettivi principali riguardano il rafforzamento dei diritti umani e la legittimazione politica dei giovani con minori opportunità.

Gurises Unidos si dedica alla protezione dei diritti umani, specialmente dei bambini e dei giovani, delle loro famiglie, comunità e dei contesti vulnerabili in Uruguay.

CEPAG è un’organizzazione focalizzata sullo sviluppo dei giovani, soprattutto i lavoratori e coloro che hanno meno opportunità.

BB&R è un’impresa internazionale di consulenza con un rilevante ruolo nell’ambito dell’educazione civica per i giovani.

Le quattro entità hanno pregevoli esperienze di promozione della democrazia e responsabilizzazione politica in contesti vulnerabili, quindi sono pienamente qualificate per raggiungere gli obiettivi del progetto. Così, la promozione della partecipazione politica e l’empowerment saranno perseguiti con una buona pianificazione da parte delle quattro organizzazioni, coinvolgendo gli youth workers nell’implementazione delle competenze civiche.

Durante il progetto HRYO coordinerà ogni fase del programma e si interfaccerà con l’EACEA, l’Agenzia esecutiva della Commissione Europea per l’istruzione, gli audiovisivi e la cultura.

I partners implementeranno diverse attività, senza trascurare la connessione con le organizzazioni e l’amministrazione a livello locale, regionale e nazionale.

L’elemento innovativo del progetto, cioè la creazione del Toolkit, sarà il risultato di un processo che si sviluppa attraverso varie fasi dell’implementazione e di conseguenza il suo impatto sarà valutato attraverso la comparazione tra i fruitori e i non fruitori.

La realizzazione del progetto ha previsto una riunione di coordinamento, seguita da un questionario online e un focus group finalizzati alla raccolta di informazioni sugli youth workers, sul possibile contenuto dell’App e le opportunità per i giovani. In seguito all’analisi dei risultati, le organizzazioni realizzano uno scambio di buone pratiche attraverso il coinvolgimento dei lavoratori e dei giovani. Al termine di questa fase, i partners iniziano a preparare il prototipo del Toolkit basandosi sui bisogni dei partecipanti.

Le organizzazioni raccoglieranno le reazioni sull’App e successivamente creeratnno la versione definitiva. In seguito, durante la mobilità a Montevideo, un gruppo di youth workers, selezionati dai quattro paesi, saranno formati sull’utilizzo e l’applicazione del Toolkit. In questo modo gli youth workers sperimentano il supporto digitale nel loro lavoro, al fine di promuovere le competenze civiche quali cittadinanza attiva, conoscenza della politica, attenzione e partecipazione alla politica, efficacia e tolleranza politica.

Il progetto proseguirà con un’altra mobilità finalizzata alla valutazione dell’impatto della App. Sulla base di questa esperienza, i partners creeranno un libro digitale sull’utilizzo del Toolkit.

Alla fine del progetto la App gratuita sarà caricata sulle piattaforme Google Play/iTunes Store e in seguito i partners ne promuoveranno l’uso con incontri nazionali programmati.

Il progetto fornisce risorse materiali per la formazione e strumenti per la formazione degli youth workers, prevede riunioni, report e strumenti per la promozione delle competenze chiave dei giovani.

I principali risultati del progetto saranno: metodi di formazione per youth workers e formatori, cooperazione, attività di interconnessione e apprendimento tra pari, metodi che promuovano le competenze chiave dei giovani.

I risultati del progetto saranno diffusi attraverso pagina web, social networks, incontri strategici che coinvolgano le imprese, video ed e-books, workshop e la pubblicazione su Erasmus + Project Results Platform.

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U-Civic is a project implemented by Human Rights Youth Organisation (HRYO) in Italy, Asociación Civil Gurises Unidos in Uruguay, Centro de Estudios Paraguayos Antonio Guasch (CEPAG) in Paraguay and Biderbost, Boscán & Rochin (BB&R) in Spain. It falls within the framework of key action 2, namely cooperation for innovation and the good practices exchange, and specifically on the action of Capacity Building for Youth in ACP countries, Latin America and Asia. Funded with support from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

The premise to the project proposal is the decreasing political empowerment among European and Latin American young people. As a result, the quality of democracy could be described as undermined, above all among young people belonging to the poorest social classes.

The main idea of the project is to use new technologies for civic education. Generating new knowledge on how to support youth workers to increase the political competencies among new generations.

Therefore, the “U-Civic” aims to: generate an exchange of good practices (between Italy, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay) on which strategies really work and are attractive for the civic-political empowerment of new generations (specially youngsters with fewer opportunities). In addition, it is planned to set up a free virtual ToolKit for civic-political empowerment of new generations.

In spite of the different environment where the organisations operate, they all have specific features which makes a significant contribution to the project.

The HRYO is a non-governmental organisation which has as principal objectives the enhancement of human rights and the political empowerment of young people with fewer opportunities.

The Gurises Unidos is devoted to the protection of human rights, especially about children and young people, their families, communities and vulnerable contexts in Uruguay.

The CEPAG is an organization focused on the development of young people, above all workers and those who have fewer opportunities.

The BB&R is an international consulting firm with a prominent role in the field of civic education for young people.

All the four organizations have valuable experience of democracy-building and political accountability in vulnerable context, so they are fully qualified to operate in order to reach the objectives. Therefore, the promotion of political participation and empowerment is going to be pursued with good planning by the four entities, involving youth workers in implementing civic competencies.

During the project HRYO is going to coordinate each step of the program and it will interface with the EACEA, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

All the organizations will implement several activities, without overlooking the connection with the organizations and the administration at the local, regional and national level.

The innovative element of the project, namely the creation of the Toolkit, is going to result from a process developed along the different phases of the implementation and, subsequently, its impact will be evaluated through the comparison of users and non-users.

The implementation of the project foresaw a coordinating reunion, followed by online survey and a focus group aimed at collecting information about youth workers, possible content of the App and opportunities for young people. After the analysis of the results, the organizations realize the exchange of good practices through the involvement of workers and young people. At the end of this phase, the partners start to prepare the prototype of the Toolkit based on the needs of the participants.

The organizations are going to collected feedbacks on the App and then they draw up its final version. After that, during a mobility in Montevideo a group of youth workers, selected from the four countries, are going to be trained about the use and the application of the Toolkit. Therefore, the youth workers are going to experiment this digital support in their job, in order to foster the civic competences like active citizenship, political knowledge, political attention, political participation, political efficacy and political tolerance.

The project will continue through another mobility aimed at evaluating the impact of the App. Based on the experience, the partners will create a digital handbook on the use of the Toolkit.

At the end of the project the free App will be uploaded on Google Play/iTunes Store and then the partners will promote the use of the App by planning national meetings.

The project provides for training resource materials, training tools for youth workers, meeting, report and tools fostering young people’s key competencies.

The main outcomes that will result are: training methods for youth workers and trainers, cooperation, networking and peer-learning activities, methods fostering young people’s key competencies.

The project’s results will be disseminated through web page, social networks, strategic meetings involving firms, videos and e-books; workshops and the publication on the Erasmus + Project Results Platform.

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Memories from Paris’ Youth Exchange “Sound of diversity”

My journey to a new experience started on 13th November, Monday morning, rainy weather and sleepy me just seeing how the bus went by in front of me to the airport, but I didn’t panic and I was lucky enough to catch it at the next stop because of the morning traffic. After this I had that feeling of panic and I realized that something new was going to happen soon, was that my expectations? Or intention to make memories? I guess it was all together collected in a mix of emotions wondering for better days. I Had this vibe inside me all day long until I finally got to Paris and more exactly Noisy le Grand where the project was held. I was part of Italian team together with other three participants from Palermo and one girl from Florence, we didn’t know each other but we had to work as a united team, and I can say we definitely did a good work together. We had a language barrier as I don’t speak very well Italian and they couldn’t express themselves clear in English we were discussing in group and after giving final answers.
So there was the first day of 21 young enthusiastic participants from three different countries: Italy, France and Romania, Europe though but so much different and all the same. For some of us it was the first time in this type of exchange, other participants already felt very familiar in this field. We had to break the ice and to start interactions and to discover each other.
The project was named “Sound of Diversity” and the main aim was to learn about human rights and discuss the problems we face now days in our countries, to look for solutions how to solve them and the ways we can improve searching for solutions that can be efficient and useful in our opinion. Race, identity, human dignity, religion, solidarity, employment, etc., were the daily topics.
We had several open conversation and debates, we were divided in mixed groups and we had to find the optimum answers and sometimes after long argues it was hard to agree on something as the difference of beliefs and culture, backgrounds we tried to look open mind and to accept someone’s views and ideas, that’s the new way of learning in an intercultural environment. I can say that it`s an optimal challenge of a new vision and understanding ourselves to something new: ideas, theories, beliefs or lifestyle, culture and traditions. It’s easier to understand others mentality by sharing thoughts in a practical network involving efficient practices and simulation. During the evenings we represented our countries and it’s traditions by dancing, cooking and singing as a big family.


We had also to go into the challenge and to learn an African dance that was difficult and hard to catch the moves, but after several practice we tried to feel the music and share that vibe and I proudly believe we did a good job all together. It was that fun part when we could express through body language and by our moves we could discover that “Sound and moves of Diversity”!
We had a great time and starting the project with being strangers we ended up by giving feedbacks that I guess nobody will forget, we have learned a lot from each other and improved our knowledge about our beliefs. And the breaks we had outside of the project discovering the beautiful unknown small streets of Paris, wonderful historical places we visited and being surrounded by beautiful people made this exchange “magical”.
 Don’t be afraid of changes, give yourself a challenge and you will discover what you are apt and capable for, that’s how we create our personality and gain lifetime memories.[:en]My journey to a new experience started on 13th November, Monday morning, rainy weather and sleepy me just seeing how the bus went by in front of me to the airport, but I didn’t panic and I was lucky enough to catch it at the next stop because of the morning traffic. After this I had that feeling of panic and I realized that something new was going to happen soon, was that my expectations? Or intention to make memories? I guess it was all together collected in a mix of emotions wondering for better days. I Had this vibe inside me all day long until I finally got to Paris and more exactly Noisy le Grand where the project was held. I was part of Italian team together with other three participants from Palermo and one girl from Florence, we didn’t know each other but we had to work as a united team, and I can say we definitely did a good work together. We had a language barrier as I don’t speak very well Italian and they couldn’t express themselves clear in English we were discussing in group and after giving final answers.
So there was the first day of 21 young enthusiastic participants from three different countries: Italy, France and Romania, Europe though but so much different and all the same. For some of us it was the first time in this type of exchange, other participants already felt very familiar in this field. We had to break the ice and to start interactions and to discover each other.
The project was named “Sound of Diversity” and the main aim was to learn about human rights and discuss the problems we face now days in our countries, to look for solutions how to solve them and the ways we can improve searching for solutions that can be efficient and useful in our opinion. Race, identity, human dignity, religion, solidarity, employment, etc., were the daily topics.
We had several open conversation and debates, we were divided in mixed groups and we had to find the optimum answers and sometimes after long argues it was hard to agree on something as the difference of beliefs and culture, backgrounds we tried to look open mind and to accept someone’s views and ideas, that’s the new way of learning in an intercultural environment. I can say that it`s an optimal challenge of a new vision and understanding ourselves to something new: ideas, theories, beliefs or lifestyle, culture and traditions. It’s easier to understand others mentality by sharing thoughts in a practical network involving efficient practices and simulation. During the evenings we represented our countries and it’s traditions by dancing, cooking and singing as a big family.
We had also to go into the challenge and to learn an African dance that was difficult and hard to catch the moves, but after several practice we tried to feel the music and share that vibe and I proudly believe we did a good job all together. It was that fun part when we could express through body language and by our moves we could discover that “Sound and moves of Diversity”!
We had a great time and starting the project with being strangers we ended up by giving feedbacks that I guess nobody will forget, we have learned a lot from each other and improved our knowledge about our beliefs. And the breaks we had outside of the project discovering the beautiful unknown small streets of Paris, wonderful historical places we visited and being surrounded by beautiful people made this exchange “magical”.
Don’t be afraid of changes, give yourself a challenge and you will discover what you are apt and capable for, that’s how we create our personality and gain lifetime memories.
[:ar]My journey to a new experience started on 13th November, Monday morning, rainy weather and sleepy me just seeing how the bus went by in front of me to the airport, but I didn’t panic and I was lucky enough to catch it at the next stop because of the morning traffic. After this I had that feeling of panic and I realized that something new was going to happen soon, was that my expectations? Or intention to make memories? I guess it was all together collected in a mix of emotions wondering for better days. I Had this vibe inside me all day long until I finally got to Paris and more exactly Noisy le Grand where the project was held. I was part of Italian team together with other three participants from Palermo and one girl from Florence, we didn’t know each other but we had to work as a united team, and I can say we definitely did a good work together. We had a language barrier as I don’t speak very well Italian and they couldn’t express themselves clear in English we were discussing in group and after giving final answers.
So there was the first day of 21 young enthusiastic participants from three different countries: Italy, France and Romania, Europe though but so much different and all the same. For some of us it was the first time in this type of exchange, other participants already felt very familiar in this field. We had to break the ice and to start interactions and to discover each other.
The project was named “Sound of Diversity” and the main aim was to learn about human rights and discuss the problems we face now days in our countries, to look for solutions how to solve them and the ways we can improve searching for solutions that can be efficient and useful in our opinion. Race, identity, human dignity, religion, solidarity, employment, etc., were the daily topics.
We had several open conversation and debates, we were divided in mixed groups and we had to find the optimum answers and sometimes after long argues it was hard to agree on something as the difference of beliefs and culture, backgrounds we tried to look open mind and to accept someone’s views and ideas, that’s the new way of learning in an intercultural environment. I can say that it`s an optimal challenge of a new vision and understanding ourselves to something new: ideas, theories, beliefs or lifestyle, culture and traditions. It’s easier to understand others mentality by sharing thoughts in a practical network involving efficient practices and simulation. During the evenings we represented our countries and it’s traditions by dancing, cooking and singing as a big family.
We had also to go into the challenge and to learn an African dance that was difficult and hard to catch the moves, but after several practice we tried to feel the music and share that vibe and I proudly believe we did a good job all together. It was that fun part when we could express through body language and by our moves we could discover that “Sound and moves of Diversity”!
We had a great time and starting the project with being strangers we ended up by giving feedbacks that I guess nobody will forget, we have learned a lot from each other and improved our knowledge about our beliefs. And the breaks we had outside of the project discovering the beautiful unknown small streets of Paris, wonderful historical places we visited and being surrounded by beautiful people made this exchange “magical”.
Don’t be afraid of changes, give yourself a challenge and you will discover what you are apt and capable for, that’s how we create our personality and gain lifetime memories.
[:fr]My journey to a new experience started on 13th November, Monday morning, rainy weather and sleepy me just seeing how the bus went by in front of me to the airport, but I didn’t panic and I was lucky enough to catch it at the next stop because of the morning traffic. After this I had that feeling of panic and I realized that something new was going to happen soon, was that my expectations? Or intention to make memories? I guess it was all together collected in a mix of emotions wondering for better days. I Had this vibe inside me all day long until I finally got to Paris and more exactly Noisy le Grand where the project was held. I was part of Italian team together with other three participants from Palermo and one girl from Florence, we didn’t know each other but we had to work as a united team, and I can say we definitely did a good work together. We had a language barrier as I don’t speak very well Italian and they couldn’t express themselves clear in English we were discussing in group and after giving final answers.
So there was the first day of 21 young enthusiastic participants from three different countries: Italy, France and Romania, Europe though but so much different and all the same. For some of us it was the first time in this type of exchange, other participants already felt very familiar in this field. We had to break the ice and to start interactions and to discover each other.
The project was named “Sound of Diversity” and the main aim was to learn about human rights and discuss the problems we face now days in our countries, to look for solutions how to solve them and the ways we can improve searching for solutions that can be efficient and useful in our opinion. Race, identity, human dignity, religion, solidarity, employment, etc., were the daily topics.
We had several open conversation and debates, we were divided in mixed groups and we had to find the optimum answers and sometimes after long argues it was hard to agree on something as the difference of beliefs and culture, backgrounds we tried to look open mind and to accept someone’s views and ideas, that’s the new way of learning in an intercultural environment. I can say that it`s an optimal challenge of a new vision and understanding ourselves to something new: ideas, theories, beliefs or lifestyle, culture and traditions. It’s easier to understand others mentality by sharing thoughts in a practical network involving efficient practices and simulation. During the evenings we represented our countries and it’s traditions by dancing, cooking and singing as a big family.
We had also to go into the challenge and to learn an African dance that was difficult and hard to catch the moves, but after several practice we tried to feel the music and share that vibe and I proudly believe we did a good job all together. It was that fun part when we could express through body language and by our moves we could discover that “Sound and moves of Diversity”!
We had a great time and starting the project with being strangers we ended up by giving feedbacks that I guess nobody will forget, we have learned a lot from each other and improved our knowledge about our beliefs. And the breaks we had outside of the project discovering the beautiful unknown small streets of Paris, wonderful historical places we visited and being surrounded by beautiful people made this exchange “magical”.
Don’t be afraid of changes, give yourself a challenge and you will discover what you are apt and capable for, that’s how we create our personality and gain lifetime memories.

[:it]Una settimana di confronto sul “Gender Sensitive Language”[:]

[:it]Due venticinquenni, maschi, a “rappresentare” l’Italia a un seminario sul Gender sensitive journalism and reporting. Il bagaglio per Shtip, cittadina nella parte orientale della Macedonia, era pieno di aspettative ma anche di timori. L’idea del confronto con altri e altre giovani da Repubblica Ceca, Croazia, Serbia, Macedonia e Bulgaria su temi a noi cari ci ha però convinti a partire e lasciare all’aeroporto di Skopje dubbi e pregiudizi.

Shtip non è stata una scelta casuale: qui l’industria tessile è fra le più importanti fonti di sostentamento per i residenti e la maggior parte della manodopera utilizzata nelle fabbriche è rappresentata dalle donne del posto. Un lavoro le cui condizioni sono spesso denunciate come estreme e i salari molto bassi. Abbiamo avuto modo di visitare alcuni stabilimenti che hanno confermato ciò che alcune ONG descrivono da tempo.

Tra l’arrivo in terra macedone e la visita agli stabilimenti tessili di Shtip è passata una settimana di dibattiti, confronto e laboratori sul tema del Gender sensitive language (che non sembra avere un termine proprio in italiano), ovvero “la realizzazione dell’uguaglianza di genere nel linguaggio scritto e parlato”.

Dedicati i primi giorni alla conoscenza reciproca e alla condivisione delle questioni nazionali legate al tema (durante la quale abbiamo presentato la situazione in chiaro scuro a cui assistiamo nel nostro paese, in cui la differenza di salario tra uomini e donne è la seconda più bassa dell’Unione Europea ma in cui i media continuano a rappresentare le donne in maniera distorta e diseguale rispetto agli uomini), al centro della settimana si è approfondito l’argomento grazie agli interventi di alcune giornaliste provenienti dalle televisioni della zona e la presentazione delle attività di una ONG macedone molto attiva sul fronte delle questioni di genere e la difesa delle donne da violenza domestica e sfruttamento. Rafforzate le nostre basi di conoscenza sul tema, abbiamo potuto mettere direttamente ‘le mani in pasta’ e misurarci con la stesura di pezzi giornalistici ‘sperimentali’ sensibili alle questioni di genere .

Il risultato del laboratorio di scrittura è poi confluito in un’analisi specifica dell’importanza del Gender Sensitive Language e di quali strumenti si ha bisogno per imprimere un cambio ai nostri sistemi comunicativi e linguistici, da questo punto di vista spesso ‘diseguali’.[:]

[:it]Good Practice Exchange on eParticipation Platforms among European Youth[:en]Good Practice Exchange on eParticipation Platforms among European Youth[:]

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Good Practice Exchange on eParticipation Platforms among European Youth (2016-2-ES02-KA205-008260) è un progetto finanziato dal programma Erasmus + e realizzato dall’organizzazione Biderborst, Boscán & Rochín (BB & R) in collaborazione con H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization e Momentum World. Il progetto si concentra sulla generazione e lo scambio di informazioni, dati e buone pratiche tra Spagna, Italia e Regno Unito per quanto riguarda le piattaforme di eParticipation per potenziare i giovani europei all’educazione civica. 

Lo sviluppo della tecnologia ha reso gli strumenti informatici centrali nella vita quotidiana dei cittadini e rilevanti per I sistemi politici. Negli ultimi anni le democrazie di tutto il mondo, inclusa l’Unione europea (UE), si trovano ad affrontare due problemi. In primo luogo, un disimpegno tra politici e cittadini. In secondo luogo, la mancanza di legittimità nei processi istituzionali a tutti i livelli. Entrambi i problemi sono più accentuati tra i giovani.

Nell’ambito del progetto, uno degli obiettivi è quello di incoraggiare e coinvolgere i giovani cittadini nel processo di discussione e di sperimentare nuovi sistemi di partecipazione dei giovani nella vita politica. Il progetto ha incluso il coinvolgimento di giovani studenti nella sperimentazione di nuove piattaforme e sistemi in grado di aumentare la loro partecipazione e migliorare le competenze civiche tra i giovani europei.

La sessione di E-PARTECIPATION che ha avuto luogo in Italia ha coinvolto 6 giovani che hanno lavorato con la piattaforma DemocracyOS (http://democracyos.org), uno spazio on-line per la deliberazione e il voto sulle proposte politiche, una piattaforma per un governo più aperto e partecipativo.

Attraverso questa piattaforma i ragazzi hanno avuto la possibilità di dialogare e vedere altre proposte condivise all’interno della piattaforma, di discutere e creare le proprie proposte. Erano entusiasti e hanno partecipato attivamente, proponendo iniziative molto interessanti per contrastare la disoccupazione giovanile in Italia.

A questo proposito, l’obiettivo principale di questa attività è che i giovani esplorino la piattaforma, per sapere se la trovano attraente e se è possibile utilizzarla nella loro vita quotidiana. Queste informazioni ci consentiranno di sapere quali caratteristiche sono necessarie per stimolare l’uso della piattaforma e quali aspetti limitano i giovani nella fruizione di questo tipo di strumento.

Per presentare e diffondere i risultati delle attività del progetto, H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization organizzerà un evento locale a Palermo nelle prossime settimane.

Stay tuned!

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Good Practice Exchange on eParticipation Platforms among European Youth (2016-2-ES02-KA205-008260) is a project financed from the Erasmus+ Programme and implemented by the organization Biderborst, Boscán & Rochín (BB&R) in collaboration with H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization and Momentum World. The project focuses on generate and exchange information, data and Best Practices between Spain, Italy and the UK regarding eParticipation Platforms to empower young Europeans on civic education

The development of technology has made ICTs central to citizens’ daily lives and relevant for political systems. In the last few years, democracies all around the world, included the European Union (EU), are facing two problems. First, a disengagement between politicians and citizens. Second, a lack of legitimacy in institutional processes at all levels. Both problems are more enhanced among young people. 

Within the project, one of the goals was to encourage and involve young citizens in the process of discuss and test new systems of participation for young people in political life. The project included the involvement of young students in the testing of new possible platforms and systems able to increase youth participation and improve civic competences among European youngsters.

The E-PARTICIPATION Youth Session that took place in Italy involved 6 youngsters that worked with the platform DemocracyOS (http://democracyos.org), an on-line space for deliberation and voting on political proposals, a platform for a more open and participatory government.

Through this platform, they had the chance to dialogue and view other proposals that were being shared through the platform, debate and create their own proposals. They were enthusiastic and they participated actively, proposing very interesting initiatives to contrast youth unemployment in Italy.

In this regard, the main objective of this activity is that young people explore the platform, in order to know if they find it attractive and if they would use it in their daily lives. This information will allow us to know what aspects young people value to use a platform and what aspects keep young people away from this type of tool.

To present and disseminate the outcomes and results of the project activities, H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization will organize a local event in Palermo in the next weeks.

Stay tuned!

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Cooperation is a wonderful instrument

Fourteen youngsters coming from Palermo participated to two Youth Exchanges, which took place in Salamanca during Summer 2017.

Both projects were funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and were organized from the organisation Biderbost, Boscan y Rochin (BB&R). The first Youth Exchange “GIVING VOICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT EUROPEAN UNION ISSUES” involved the participation of 18 youngsters coming from Italy, Bulgaria and Spain in partnership with the Italian H.R.Y.O Human Rights Youth Organization and the Bulgarian NC Future now; the second Exchange “WHY TO BELIEVE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION” involved 16 youngsters coming from Palermo and Salamanca.
During these weeks of activities the youngsters had the great opportunity to get out of their home towns and experience how life can be in a different country. Although this can be an easy step for many adults, this may not be given for granted with young students that mostly haven’t had a chance yet to leave their home for more than a few days. When we think about opportunities and ways to create wider European connections and awareness about other cultures, this is part of it. These experience was also for them a way to experiment new relationships and get to know people with different backgrounds, because different cultures have different ways to handle and express attitudes and maybe this is not always easy to understand. Differences can bring problems, but they can bring as well curiosity and new challenges, and if you are able to get through the first suspicious blocks of not knowing a stranger, then you’ve excepted your challenge and you have opened the door to all new kinds of possible experiences and knowledge. This was part of what the programme was about, meeting in a safe and open-minded space in which youngsters had the time to understand that, beside the differences, people can build new friendships and understand each other overcoming language and cultural barriers.
To see these young people evolve into grown up persons that were able to get closer to new people by not judging through cultural prejudices, was one of the highest goals that these experience could achieve.
During their time abroad they also developed new competences and a higher level of confidence regarding the following topics: migration/refugees, political participation, economic crisis, anti-Europeanism, EU institutions and EU in the world. Through different non formal activities, games, personal encounters with political and institutional representatives, youngsters had the opportunity to directly and indirectly increase their awareness and civic-political action, empowering following civic competences: political knowledge, political attention, political participation, political efficacy, and political tolerance.

“Giving voice to young people about European Issues” focused mostly on bringing youngsters closer to the EU and its institutions and enhance their active citizenship through non formal education and experience-based learning, which contemplated mostly the use of ICT and audiovisual media as tools to provide a highly creative and motivating way of sharing and recording their activities and improvements.
The second exchange “Why to believe in the EU” gave youngsters opportunity to increase their knowledge of EU and its importance. Through numerous non formal activities participants got to explore relevant EU institutions and their importance for all citizens of EU countries and wider. Allowing these youngsters to interact with local community of Salamanca (passengers on the street, city council…) strengthen their social and communicational skills but it has also led them to acquire intercultural abilities.
Last but not the least, both exchanges opened the door for these youngsters to an immense range of Erasmus + opportunities. They learned how they get involved and how through different EU possibilities and programmes they can acquire valuable experiences that can contribute to their personal and professional growth.

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[:it]Secondo incontro tra i partner del Progetto Xenios Zeus [:]

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Si è tenuto a Palermo dal 4 al 7 maggio 2017 il secondo incontro del progetto “XENIOS ZEUS – Managing the refugee and migrant flows through the development of educational and vocational frames for children and adults” co-finanziato dal Programma Erasmus+ della Commissione Europea tramite l’Agenzia nazionale ellenica (IKY).

L’H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization ha ospitato i rappresentanti delle organizzazioni partner tra cui la Direzione Regionale di istruzione primaria e secondaria della Macedonia centrale, l’Università di Macedonia occidentale, Diktio Alpha e l’Università di Aix-Marseille.

Durante questo incontro i partner hanno avuto modo di presentare le attività implementate e il materiale formativo creato finora, nonché pianificare le prossime tappe che prevedono il testing, la valutazione e la disseminazione degli outcomes intellettuali.

I partner hanno discusso, inoltre, la strategia e metodologia di valutazione dei materiali prodotti, tra cui una Welcome Guide da proporre come prima guida per la comunicazione linguistica sulle situazioni quotidiane di base per i rifugiati e un Toolkit oon materiale didattico di supporto per gli educatori.

All’interno del programma si sono svolti degli incontri con gli attori della società civile palermitana e delle visite ai centri di accoglienza per i migranti al fine di scambiare esperienze ed idee relative ai servizi rivolti ai migranti. Sono intervenute Yodit Abraha della Comunità Urbane Solidali e Laura Bondì del Centro Astalli e CLEDU.

Dopo una breve visita di Palermo, i partner si sono dati appuntamento per Ottobre a Marsiglia, per scoprire una realtà diversa e continuare la condivisione dei percorsi comuni.

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[:it]Diamo il via al Progetto Xenios Zeus [:]

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Lunedì 7 novembre 2016 a Salonicco sono uniti i partner del progetto “XENIOS ZEUS – Managing the refugee and migrant flows through the development of educational and vocational frames for children and adults” co-finanziato dalla Commissione Europea tramite l’Agenzia nazionale ellenica (IKY).

Erano presenti la Direzione Regionale di istruzione primaria e secondaria della Macedonia centrale come capofila; l’Università di Aristotele a Salonicco, l’Università di Macedonia occidentale, l’Istituto degli archivi cartografici, Diktio Alpha, Comune di Paionia e Comune di Delta come partner locali che sono attivi nell’ambito dell’educazione e l’integrazione; l’Università di Aix-Marseille e l’H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization come partner internazionali con le loro esperienze nel campo dell’educazione nonformale.

Il Kick-off meeting a Salonicco ha avuto come scopo quello di conoscersi tra i partner, approfondire i dettagli del piano di lavoro riguardo alle attività progettuali e il contributo di ciascun partner, nonché creare uno spazio per la condivisione delle buone pratiche e una riflessione sulle idee e azioni di attuazione.

L’idea principale del progetto Xenios Zeus è quella di sviluppare una serie di corsi di formazione per i rifugiati appena arrivati ​​nella parte settentrionale della Grecia che vuole offrire un ambiente accogliente, attraente, stimolante e creativo per l’apprendimento e la comunicazione. Xenios Zeus, quindi, vuole creare un ambiente sempre migliore in termini di formazione e consulenza, nonché la produzione di materiale didattico per l’insegnamento delle lingue e culture, che avranno un carattere di supporto, educativo, ma anche informativo e comunicativo. Diventerà una comunità di apprendimento accogliente e sostenibile perché promuoverà la collaborazione, il sostegno e l’apprendimento, innescando nuove dinamiche di apprendimento e di svago in una zona che ospita migliaia di rifugiati e migranti. Questa rete costituirà la base per un nucleo di comunicazione tra rifugiati, studenti, educatori e formatori e cercherà di collegare le comunità locali e le scuole.

Con la creazione dei prodotti intellettuali, testati in diversi contesti nell’ambito del progetto, ci aspettiamo di soddisfare i bisogni dei rifugiati e dei migranti a livello linguistico e professionale, favorendo particolarmente il miglioramento delle capacità linguistiche ed informatiche, la produzione e diffusione di materiale formativo innovativo, la progettazione di migliori pratiche, la creazione di un portale online con materiale formativo, e la collaborazione e comunicazione tra diversi attori che si occupano delle tematiche legate alla migrazione.

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