DGGMLF project’s first Academy in Modena

On October 22-23, 2015 ERVET hosted the first Academy of the ERASMUS+ project “Digital Generation Gap in Migrant and Low educated Families” (DGGMLF), coordinated by Mira Media, the Dutch national center for media and cultural diversity.

DGGMLF’s main goal is to address the educational concerns and digital competence needs of parents in socially disadvantaged families by focusing on safe Internet use by their children and on their own use of online information and services for education, health and other family matters.

The first part of the Academy was a public conference held in Modena on October 22nd morning to present to the representatives of local migrants associations, schools and other stakeholders the project’s overall aims and the first steps made by the partners in each country. In particular, Modena’s councilor for smart cities Ludovica Ferrari and Ervet’s Rita Trombini and Stefano Kluzer illustrated the collaboration that has been established with the project “School 2.0: Code-It Make-it”, recently launched by the Municipality and the Modena-Reggio Emilia University.

This project will train teachers and introduce experimental digital coding and making activities to innovate traditional teaching with primary school children. The three priority schools selected by Modena Municipality for that project are those with the highest share of foreign-born and second generation children in town (in one of them, almost 80% of all students have a migration background). Ervet agreed to focus most of DGGMLF’s activities in Modena on the parents of the children from those schools, to complement and support the Municipality’s bold effort in the “School 2.0: Code it, Make it” project.

The other part of the Academy were two half-day sessions in Modena and Bologna (the other location of DGGMLF activities in Italy). These were devoted to the internal training and exchange of experiences among the partners’ intercultural media coaches and e-facilitators which are being recruited to help contacting the often hard-to reach parents and running the project activities designed for them. At this stage (we are at the end of the first year of the 36-month project), the sessions’ focus was Mira Media’s already longer experience in collaborating with schools and public libraries to reach out to disadvantaged parents in Utrecht and Amsterdam.

For information about DGGMLF email skluzer@ervet.it

Partners:

Netherlands Mira Media, Italy – Ervet, UK - Migrants Resource Centre, Romania - Active Watch

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