SISSA Medialab have organised a two day training for 40 educators in Trieste’s 13 Ricreatori - municipal centres open to all children, free of charge, for tutoring, recreational activities, sport, culture. It will be based on the SiS Catalyst project results: reflections, experiences, and the tools developed to listen and empower young people.
In their official statute approved by the town council in 1997, Ricreatori di Trieste affirmed the participation of children in their governance. This has not yet happened, not through lack of goodwill, but due to the difficulties of implementing such participation.
Through this training, SISSA Medialab hopes to help make this wish a reality. Alongside a general discussion of the principles of listening and dialogue, this training will provide an opportunity to discuss and design a structure for the participation of children in the Ricreatori governance. Through theoretical presentation, group activities, and practical workshops, the educators will explore creative solutions and methods of putting the principles of participation into practice.
SISSA Medialab has invited Andrea Bou-Vinals from the University of Innsbruck, who has recently organised a children’s advisory board in her own institution to share her experience and the outcomes of this new organisation and take part in the discussion with the educators.
Last year SISSA Medialab developed la Jota Primordiale, a science magazine produced entirely by the children of one of Trieste’s Ricreatori. You can read more about it here.
Ethics is the latest theme to be published on our resources pages and contains a range of useful articles, books and online resources suggested by some of the speakers at our recent conference in Tartu.
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Currently, our themes include Ethics, Technucation, Enquiry based learning and Children's Perceptions of Science. You can vote for our next theme in our poll and suggest new themes via the comments function.
This week, project partners Matteo Merzagora of Traces, Paris, and Paola Rodari of SISSA Medialab, Trieste are presenting at the Euro-Med Young Reporters on the Environment Seminar in The Israel National Museum of Science in Israel.
The seminar aims to equip facilitators with the knowledge and skills to enable them to train young people to become environmental reporters.
Matteo and Paolo will be running several sessions including the presentation of case studies of the work within their own organisations, and their work as part of SiS Catalyst, and lectures and discussions around listening to, and empowering young people.
On the 10th of July the Children’s-Summer-University Innsbruck was opened by rector Tilmann Märk, and vice rector Sabine Schindler led the participants through the widening of the universe with special videos and computer simulations.
It is the 10th time that the summer workshops of the Junge Uni Innsbruck in cooperation with the Innsbrucker Ferienzug have taken place. Several workshops were prepared for children between 8 and 14 years, and for the first time young people between 13 and 17 were also welcomed to the sessions. Scientists from several different faculties such as human and cultural science or natural science led the workshops.
Last week marked the release of 'Jota Primordiale', a magazine created by children, facilitated by SISSA Medialab in Trieste, Italy.
The magazine, a result of 9 months of hard work, was designed entirely by children who attended a 'ricreatorio'- one of thirteen youth centres held by Trieste Municipalities. The children (9 to 13 years old) prepared all the materials, and briefed a graphic designer on all aspects of the design - layout, graphics, content. The content was made up of photos and texts stemming from visits to scientific institutions; moreover the kids produced games, quizes and jokes for their magazine. During the project the kids also shot videos, which can be found on the magazine blog.
You can download the final proofs of the magazine, which is written in Italian, by following this link.
The week kicked off on Tuesday 5th June, with a private final event for the young people who worked on the magazine; they had a big cake and received a “Young reporter” diploma. In the morning they were also the protagonists of a press conference, in which they presented the magazine together with the Minister of Education of the town of Trieste.
On Thursday 7th of June there was a final public event, with an exhibition, science games and pizzas, and the magazine was distributed. All children from the other youth centres were invited, along with their families and educators.
SISSA Medialab is now working also on the evaluation of the project. Children and their families are being interviewed in order to understand how they liked the experience and what they suggest for the future. In autumn the magazines will be distributed in every school in Trieste thanks to the support of the Municipality, and SISSA Medialab educators will choose a sample of them in order to investigate if and how a magazine totally produced by children meets the interests and information needs of the other children. The young reporters who produced the first issue of the jota Primordial will become tutors to other children, whom SISSA Medialab hope to involve in the production of next issues, always as an activity in the town children centres.
SiS Catalyst invited 20 young people from 13 different countries to a workshop in Bucharest alongside the 2012 Ministerial Conference to discuss higher education in their country and offer their advice to the Ministers of Education.
As part of the SiS Catalyst project a delegation of 20 young people from countries including Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Austria, UK and Poland, came together in Bucharest alongside the 2012 Ministerial Conference and Bologna Policy Forum to take part in a two-day workshop to prepare themselves as junior advisors to European Ministers. Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, Karlheinz Töchterle - supporter of Children’s Universities in Austria - was the first to meet the ‘We are the Future’ delegation.
As part of the SiS Catalyst project a delegation of young people aged 13-15 will be given the opportunity to come to Bucharest alongside the Bologna Follow-up Ministerial Conference in April 2012. They will participate in a workshop with 20 young people from various countries about the future of higher education in Europe. The results of this workshop will then be presented to the Ministers to show them the importance of listening to young people as a key step in designing any change in higher education.
For more information visit http://wearethefuture.siscatalyst.eu/.