Project website: http://www.brights-project.eu/en/
Years implemented: 2017-2018
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT AND MAIN ACTIVITIES
The “Boosting Global Citizenship Education using digital storytelling” project aims at fostering social cohesion and promoting intercultural dialogue and democratic values in Europe. The current global scenario requires Education and training institutions and practitioners to assume greater responsibility than ever in helping learners of all ages and backgrounds to develop into informed, critically literate, socially-connected, ethical and engaged global citizens.
In this context, BRIGHTS will promote Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in (non-)formal education through digital storytelling, leading to more socially inclusive education and training policies and practices in Europe. It will increase awareness and knowledge on GCE among educators, trainers, policy makers and the civil society, and will give youngsters real opportunities to challenge discrimination, value cultural diversity and become active citizens. This will lead to the establishment of the first European Community on GCE.
The project will realize a training curriculum and a blended course. Over 400 teachers and trainers will take a MOOC on how to implement GCE using digital storytelling. A subset of them will attend face-to-face workshops and apply the methodology with young people at risk of marginalisation. Around 1,500 young people will be involved in the project and produce digital stories on subjects including human rights, peace and democratic values, intercultural dialogue, active citizenship etc.
The BRIGHTS project is an international applied research and development project, funded by the European Erasmus+ program
SUCCESS FACTORS AND LEARNING
While the project is still ongoing, several lessons can already be learnt. The project has increased its knowledge of GCE, as can be discovered in the ‘Informative Kit on GCE’ on the website. At the same time, interviews with teachers in the field and experts have increased the knowledge in online learning, MOOC’s and the need for information on the Digital Storytelling methodology and GCE. These insights increased the understanding of the consortium on teachers’ expectations and necessary conditions.
The collaboration has led to an increased insight into the digital storytelling methodology and how to create an online curriculum on this that is applicable across countries and educational cultures. The international partnership helped develop understanding in important nuances and differences.
These lessons will increase the effectiveness of the MOOC that is under development.
Due to the open and online nature of the project, it is easily scalable. Other organisations in Europe and abroad are invited to join the community on GCE and e-inclusion, as well as the use of the methodology.
After the initial testing with teachers and trainers in several European countries, the online learning curriculum will be open to others to use. Teachers and trainers from any school or organisation can implement and adapt the Digital Storytelling methodology for GCE to their own needs and educational culture. These best practices can then again be shared in the community, which will lead to an ecosystem based on peer learning among trainers, teachers, and experts.
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