19-26 November 2017 | Horažďovice (1 hour from Prague), Czech Republic
This Training Course is for 24 participants from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.
★ WHAT IS IT? ★
“The danger of the single story” is a training course that combines stories, media, global education and active citizenship to empower trainers, educators, youth workers and give them better tools to do their work in these fast changing times. It will take place in a beautiful environmental center in Horažďovice (www.envicentrum.eu/en), about 1 hour from Prague. Accommodation will be provided in shared rooms (3 or 6 people) and the meals will be vegetarian for everybody.
The name (and content) has been inspired by great TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie: www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story
★ WHY ARE WE WORKING IN THIS ISSUE? ★
Young people need to learn how to be critical users of media content, and how to be producers of information, not only passive users.
We want to explore the challenges democracies are facing nowadays, such as environment, refugees, rise of radical and violent politics, and the ways in which media – in particular, social media – contribute to the creation of stereotypes, prejudice, intolerance and violent movements. Can this be reversed? How can we play our role as educators and youth workers?
★ HOW WILL WE WORK? ★
The programme will include many different activities, theory and practice of different forms of storytelling (from theatre to writing, comics, presentation skills, social media), plus reflection, discussions, open workshops to encourage critical thinking and personal contributions.
A strong focus will be put on how to pass the results of the course to the organisations and the beneficiaries back home. The dissemination of results, being this a training course on media awareness and use, will have a central role and we will produce infographics and reports easy to share and with a high visibility.
Some of the competences that will be developed during the course will be: storytelling; effective communication; awareness about the relations between ecology, economics, technology, media & democracy; active citizenship; better understanding of global issues around education and democracy.
★ WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES? ★
– to inform and reflect on the evolution of media, and on how to have critical access to them as users and creators of content; contrasting the spreading of violence, extremism and phenomena such as cyberbullying, hate speech and online harassment;
– to reflect on the consequences that media have on the formation of stereotypes and prejudices, majority / minority dynamics, racism and intolerance – at every level: and how is it possible to contrast its negative effects;
– to create learning opportunities on how to use storytelling techniques in the everyday work of educators and youth workers, and to stimulate reflections on their impact as tools to improve society and the life of individuals;
– to work on the recent refugees crisis, their origins, comparing between the different countries situations, problems and solutions and to introduce concepts linked to Global Education, reflecting on the way we perceive ourselves, the world and the others;
– to create a space to practice the methods and concepts acquired, and develop innovative tools to improve the effectiveness of participants’ working practice, as well as the impact of partner organisations.
★ WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? ★
– new knowledge on models and scientific theories (geopolitics, global education) and on mass media history;
– a better awareness on theories and communication tools, and storytelling forms;
– technical skills on software and online platforms;
– practical skills (such as photo/video, drawing, comics, blogging);
– knowledge and understanding of different situations in Europe, good practice exchange and development of common initiatives; – and not least, personal motivation to put all this in practice – the “inner readiness” – tested and developed for example in the activities related to the “Hero’s Journey” and in theatre workshops.
★ WHO IS IN THE TRAINER TEAM? ★
Bobby Mc Cormack
Carmine Rodi Falanga
The project has been financed by the Erasmus+ programme.
The costs related to accommodation and food will be completely covered by the hosting organisation. Accommodation will be provided in shared rooms (3 or 6 people) and the meals will be vegetarian for everybody.
Travel costs will be covered according to the Erasmus+ standards in these amounts:
Czech Republic, 20 € per participant
Poland, Slovenia: 180 €
Italy, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom Greece: 275 €
Cyprus and Portugal: 360€
Participation fee is on a sliding scale between 40 and 100€, each participant can decide the precise amount according to his/ her financial possibilities.
Application deadline (24h CET): 5 October 2017.
Date of selection: 10 October 2017.