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pRomotIng Global citizensHip education Through digital Storytelling
Start date: Oct 1, 2011,

The current global scenario, marked by social, political and environmental crisis which become more and more frequent, requires Education to assume a greater responsibility than ever in forming new citizens, with a strong focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). School, as a social institution, is always called to contribute significantly to the continual re-foundation of social cohesion and teachers must be prepared to help their students developing the global consciousness. Still, the present Education system in many of the EU countries has to improve the tools and methodologies to reach this goal.RIGHTS addresses this specific need, promoting the Education for Global Citizenship (EGC) by enhancing interactive teaching in secondary schools in Europe through the use of Digital Storytelling (DS). EGC is a comprehensive approach to the challenges of the present globalized world, with an emphasis on individual and social responsibility and consequent capacity of action. It points out to the empowering of the individual, not only to the transmission of notions. RIGHTS focuses on the use of DS, as it has proven to be a powerful and effective learning tool in stimulating creativity and critical thinking through the combination of the ancient art of telling stories with different digital tools. RIGHTS will allow both teachers and students to approach EGC in a creative and interactive way, and at the same time to develop transversal key competences such as digital, social and civic competences and cultural awareness. The RIGHTS didactic methodology will be firstly tested through the delivery of an online training course to teachers, and secondly through the organization of workshops with students and teachers, supported by facilitators in producing their personal digital stories. This will enhance interactive teaching on EGC and will empower EU students with the readiness to take action in society in defense and in promotion of human rights and democracy.
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