The PREVENT project aims at giving new and concrete opportunities to teachers and families to increase students’ capacity for recognizing fundamental values and principles for tolerance, understanding and dialogue. The project prepares activities used to foster pre-teens students’ ability to respect other’s opinions and point of view, appreciate diversity, thus increasing their flexibility and tolerance toward ‘the different’ and ‘the others’.
Start: 01-10-2020 – End: 30-09-2022
EU Grant: 264.835,00 €
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for school education
- New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses
- Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong) learning
APPROACH / METHODOLOGY:
The project is based on the suggestion made at the OSCE 2015 “Working With Youth and For Youth: Protection Against Radicalization”, that suggests that building the capacity of front-line actors, such as teachers and social workers, as well as promoting training in schools, can strengthen young people’s knowledge and skills to understand and reject violent extremism and radicalization.
Methodology used includes:
- Co-creation of contents and specific knowledge in the different topics touched by the project, updated and upgraded to fit and meet the specific needs of the trainers and teachers in the partnership.
- Using problem solving, analytical skills, empathy, intuition, cognitive skills in association with solid knowledge over other cultures, traditions and behaviours tied to socio-economic context.
The direct target group of the project are therefore educators (teachers, parents) and institutions involved in children’s education, such as primary schools.
- (10) Primary schools in the partners’ areas
- (50) Teachers – both in service or in training
- (100) parents that have their children enrolled in the selected schools
5 Trans-national Project meetings:
- Meeting 1 Austria @ MIS
- Meeting 2 Italy @ MVNGO
- Meeting 3 Romania @ CECIS
- Meeting 4 Lithuania @ „Saltinio“
- Meeting 5 Turkey @ KAVACIK
3 Intellectual Outputs:
- IO 1: Non-formal and informal education techniques for fostering tolerance and understating among schoolchildren:
The web-based inventory is a collection of techniques, resources and tools based on non-formal and informal education, the partners will prepare to be used with the schoolchildren, in particular pre-teens. The overall aim of the product is to reinforce in children their level of tolerance, understanding and dialogue, increase their ability to respect other’s opinions and point of view, appreciate diversity, thus increasing their flexibility and tolerance toward ‘the different’ and ‘the others’.
- IO 2: Ready to use lessons to foster global citizenship:
Toolkit for organizing at school and in class activities is composed of:
*10 SHORT LESSONS on key topics as global citizenship, human rights, democracy, social justice, pros and cons of globalisation, and other topics the partners will select and that are relevant for our children development and civic preparation.
*10 WHAT IF GAMES using both National, EU level and other international events teachers will offer real facts on a major incident happened in recent history and ask children to offer solutions for a more positive outcome.
*10 SCRIPTS FOR CLASS ACTIVITIES: instruction to run a quick-to-set-up class activity as role-play and games that can be used as introduction or follow-up to other lessons.
IO 3: Handbook for teachers, educators and parents:
The product contents contains readings and materials to increase educators’ preparation and knowledge on radicalization, distinguishing between patriarchal traditions or religious interpretations, and in general given then enough information to help children differentiate among what is the cultural element, what is the deviation and make sure that a deviant behaviour will be not associated with a religion or a cultural trait or believe.
6 Pilot Testing (1 per partner organization) involving 20 schools.
- Presentations to the teachers and how to use the products
- 1-day-workshop for administrators and school principals
- face to face meeting with headmasters and other managerial staff at the local/regional level that can contribute to smoothing the pilot activities implementation.
They are organized at the end of the project, in each partner’s countries. The aim of the event is specifically looking for organizations and professionals that might be interested in using the program in their schools or directorate, and with their target groups and exploit and sustain it in the future.
N° of participants: 120 (20 for each partner)