EDUCATING TO OTHERNESS: The CSC at the Kick-off meeting

Nov 10, 2015Education and Training

otherness-webCentro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci is partner of OTHERNESS, a new project coordinated by the Bulgarian foundation Prosveta-Sofia and with the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Portugal) and the Center for Non-formal Education AENAO (Greece) as partners.

The project aims to support students in adolescent and pre-adolescent age to be open mind, to understand and respect the otherness and to appreciate who is different as a richness.

To do this, the project aims to develop training tools in support of teachers, including a manual that will collect non-formal activities and digital resources to educate students to diversity, human rights, intercultural dialogue and active citizenship.

Nine teachers per country will be trained for the transfer of these resources in their classes during the next school year 2016/2017.

The project partners met on 29 and 30 October in the beautiful city of Sofia to give the official start to the project, to establish together some organizational and methodological aspects and to agree on the next steps to take.

In the coming weeks, in each of the four partner countries, three schools will be selected: there, in three classes per school, a questionnaire will be given to assess the level of acceptance of diversity between students. Then, a research will be carry out to understand how the issue of diversity and human rights is embedded in the school materials and training resources for teachers. Based on these data the training tools will be elaborated and tested with the teachers in order to educate their students to be active European citizens, aware, respectful, ready to welcome and understand the otherness.

The partners will meet again next February 2016 in Greece, to discuss the results of the preliminary phase – students’ survey and desk research – and on the basis of these, to determine how to set up the elaboration of the outputs of the project – training manual and digital tool.

The project will have the duration of three years and is funded by the Erasmus+, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership for School Education.

For information about the project, please contact Antonella Alessi: antonella.alessi@danilodolci.org