Building real and virtual Bridges intends to create a connection among different groups from different countries, both in a real and virtual world. Its aim is to go beyond frontiers, remove obstacles in order to reach the effective communication, promote a constructive sharing of ideas among teachers and students. The final goal is a profitable cooperation for the purpose of achieveing inclusivity, integration, tolerance through the correct use of the new technologies due to an efficient team-work on matters related to the birth of stereotypes, Bullying and Cyber-bullying at school. Over the last decade cyberbullying has become a global issue affecting young people. With the increased use of mobile technologies and permanent online access more children have become involved in cyberbullying as victims, perpetrators and/or bystanders.
All the activities are addressed to students aged 13 to16 who share the same educational programmes in all the partner Institutions involved.
The planned activities are:
- teachers and students mobility;
- overview of the phenomenon through a questionnaire administered in all the European Schools involved;
- training course for teachers and students: workshop on the origin and the breakdown of prejudice;
- workshops on writing and reading skills, video editing, music, for the development of students’ creative and critical thinking;
- visits to museums and cultural sites followed by group works and workshops on common Cultural Heritage;
- travel journals containing all the participants’ thoughts and opinions in order to build a website promoting good practices;
- final questionnaire to be administered to all the students involved in the mobility;
- seminars held by the students involved in the mobility to share and spread the results from questionnaires among their fellow students in a peer educational context;
- publication of results from questionnaires together with a selection of excerpts from the students’ travel journals;
All the students aged 13 to 16 from the partner institutions will be involved in the project themes thanks to specific activities and their engagement in the questionnaire. 15 students, aged 13 to 16, and 6 teachers (5 students and 2 teachers per each School Partner) will be selected through an internal announcement of selection for an experience abroad within the two years length of the project. The project intends to pay particular attention to underprivileged students with fewer possibilities in order to favour their inclusion: the goal will be to support at least 3 participants out of 15 who may have economic, educational, cultural or social disadvantages.
The internal announcement for students will be based on the following criteria:
- Target group: students aged 13 to 16;
- reference letter with the student’s profile, shared by all the teachers of the class (class council);
- the latest report card with behavior grade;
- motivation statement in English;
- contest related to the project (creation of a logotype, a claim or an acronym to better identify/highlight the idea “Building Bridges” represents);
- interview with Erasmus commission to evaluate the candidate communication skills (the interview will be in English).
Underprivileged students with fewer possibilities will be vouched for by the class council certifying Special Educational and Cultural Needs and the ISEE (or EESI) certifying the financial situation of the household of the student. The internal announcement for teachers will be based on the following criteria: Motivation statement in English; Interview with Erasmus commission to evaluate the candidate communication skills. Language requirements for all participants: CEFR level B1. The participants will undergo a test which will evaluate their ability to understand and use English without effort.
The EU Kids Online 2011 Report has stated that 6% of kids between 9 and 16 years old has been a cyber-bullying victim and this rate has increased to 12% in 2014 among kids between 11 and 16 years old. This research shows that cyberbullying is perceived as an alarming and growing phenomenon. By analysing the phenomena linked to the risk outbreak and by adopting appropriate methodologies, we suggest to integrate our current school activities with more innovative ones in order to build and consolidate bridges between present and future, related to our students’ civic, sentimental and cultural education.