Rights – “pRomotIng Global citizensHip education Through digital Storytelling” [closed]

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EGC (Education for Global Citizenship) is a comprehensive approach to the challenges of the present globalized world, with an emphasis on individual and social responsibility and consequent capacity of action. It points out to the empowering of the individual, not only to the transmission of notions. RIGHTS focuses on the use of DS (Digital Storytelling), as it has proven to be a powerful and effective learning tool in stimulating creativity and critical thinking through the combination of the ancient art of telling stories with different digital tools.

The current global scenario, marked by social, political and environmental crisis which become more and more frequent, requires Education to assume a greater responsibility than ever in forming new citizens, with a strong focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). School, as a social institution, is always called to contribute significantly to the continual re-foundation of social cohesion and teachers must be prepared to help their students developing the global consciousness. Still, the present Education system in many of the EU countries has to improve the tools and methodologies to reach this goal. The Council of Europe indicates as the primal goal of Democratic Citizenship Education as “not just equipping learners with knowledge, understanding and skills, but also empowering them with the readiness to take action in society in the defense and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law” (GDV/EDU/CIT 2003). RIGHTS addresses this specific need, promoting the Education for Global Citizenship (EGC) by enhancing interactive teaching in secondary schools in Europe through the use of Digital Storytelling (DS).

Project lifetime
October 2011 – September 2013

RIGHTS will allow both teachers and students to approach EGC in a creative and interactive way, and at the same time to develop transversal key competences such as digital, social and civic competences and cultural awareness.

The following main activities will be carried out throughout the project:
:: Research aimed at understanding and comparing current experiences and expectations around ICT, Digital Storytelling and EGC from an EU wide perspective.
:: Course content development aimed at designing and producing the syllabus and contents of the online training course addressed to high school teachers and focused on Global Citizenship Education and the use of Digital Storytelling as learning tool in secondary schools of the partners involved.
:: Experimentation phase aimed at testing the RIGHTS didactic methodology in secondary schools of all the seven partner countries. In order to effectively test and assess the project’s didactic methodology, at least 10 teachers will be selected to partake in the e-learning training course in each country; workshops will be organized involving teacher trainees and at least 15 students in each country, supported by a facilitator in order to produce at least two digital stories.
:: Quality assurance aimed specifically at assessing the RIGHTS course and methodology evaluation in terms of effectiveness and efficacy and impact on target group.
:: Dissemination strategy aimed at obtaining significant results to increase the project visibility reaching a great number of target group and stakeholders.
:: Seed will be particularly involved in the fieldwork research regarding Canton Ticino (Switzerland), in the production of a module of the e-course, in the experimentation stage in Canton Ticino (Switzerland) and in dissemination throughout the whole duration of the project.

An online course will be developed and will be available for teachers to learn how to use digital storytelling as a tool to teach global citizenship education.

:: Università degli Studi “Guglielmo Marconi” – USGM (Italy, coordinator)
:: C.I.E.S. – Centro Informazione e Educazione allo Sviluppo onlus – CIES (Italy)
:: Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation – BGRF (Bulgaria)
:: Associação de Professores de Sintra – APS (Portugal)
:: Istanbul Milli Egitim Mudurlugu – ILMEM (Turkey)
:: Hedmark University College – HUC (Norway)
:: Trànsit Pojectes – TRANSIT (Spain)
:: Associazione seed – SEED (Switzerland)

European Commission