Junior Finances officer (Italy)

ALDA is looking for a Junior Finances Officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will deal with the financial reporting of projects closely working with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA; update the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration; draft dossiers with justificatory documents; support Project Managers and the Head of the Financial Department about reallocation of projects.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Finances Officer”.

ALDA is looking for a Junior Finances Officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will deal with the financial reporting of projects closely working with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA; update the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration; draft dossiers with justificatory documents; support Project Managers and the Head of the Financial Department about reallocation of projects.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Finances Officer”.


Experienced EU projects reporting officer (Italy)

ALDA is looking for an experienced EU projects reporting officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will report projects, manage relations with partners, reallocations of budget and secretary activities.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Experienced EU projects reporting officer”.

ALDA is looking for an experienced EU projects reporting officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will report projects, manage relations with partners, reallocations of budget and secretary activities.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Experienced EU projects reporting officer”.


Administration Officer (Italy)

ALDA is looking for an Administration Officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will manage payments, cash flow, general accounting and administration.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Administration officer”.

ALDA is looking for an Administration Officer based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Head of the Financial Department, will manage payments, cash flow, general accounting and administration.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by March 10th, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Administration officer”.


LDA Mostar for Good Governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar) takes the field with a new project, called “Strengthening local participation and cooperation through partnership of Public Authorities and CSOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina- LINK 4 Cooperation“.

The aim of this project is to strengthen the principles of good governance through the promotion of reliable management of local self-government units in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, it will foster the capacity of local authorities and civil society to control participatory processes.

This project will involve about 20 local communities that will benefit from improved public services in each municipality. Around 12 will be the local governments working to strengthen their capacity to implement inclusive solutions to local problems, while more than 40 will be the Civil Society Organisations improving skills and capacities to bring positive local change in their communities.

The LDA Mostar has already started implementing one of the activites: the First Project Management Committee(#PMC) was held on 28th January 2021, and served as an introduction for the partners to the upcoming activities ,with an accent on their organizational aspects.

The project is implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Mostar along with 6 partners: Local Democracy Agency Zavidovići, Local Democracy Agency Prijedor, Center for Development of Herzegovina (CHR) Trebinje, ALDA and ALDA Skopje (Associate Partner). This project is Civil Society and Media Program for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019 – Support to existing and newly established CSO networks in various areas.

The Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar) takes the field with a new project, called “Strengthening local participation and cooperation through partnership of Public Authorities and CSOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina- LINK 4 Cooperation“.

The aim of this project is to strengthen the principles of good governance through the promotion of reliable management of local self-government units in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, it will foster the capacity of local authorities and civil society to control participatory processes.

This project will involve about 20 local communities that will benefit from improved public services in each municipality. Around 12 will be the local governments working to strengthen their capacity to implement inclusive solutions to local problems, while more than 40 will be the Civil Society Organisations improving skills and capacities to bring positive local change in their communities.

The LDA Mostar has already started implementing one of the activites: the First Project Management Committee(#PMC) was held on 28th January 2021, and served as an introduction for the partners to the upcoming activities ,with an accent on their organizational aspects.

The project is implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Mostar along with 6 partners: Local Democracy Agency Zavidovići, Local Democracy Agency Prijedor, Center for Development of Herzegovina (CHR) Trebinje, ALDA and ALDA Skopje (Associate Partner). This project is Civil Society and Media Program for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019 – Support to existing and newly established CSO networks in various areas.


Our concern about the blockage of the EU accession process of North Macedonia

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for the start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to blockage from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This is due to the fact that “Bulgaria is offended by the interpretation of certain historical moments and personalities in North Macedonia and considers as an issue the historical heritage and the nature of the Macedonian identity and Macedonian language.”

“We will not stop encouraging cooperation, democracy and dialogue to foster EU integration”

ALDA Governing Board expresses concern about the “decision of the EU not to start yet the negotiation talks with North Macedonia and not adopting the proposed negotiating framework” and all its “openness and willingness to contribute at the establishment of decentralized dialogue between communities and people to people actions that will increase tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the region.”

That’s why ALDA continues working with our members and partners both in North Macedonia and in Bulgaria to foster cooperation between people and enhancing European values.

 

Read the full Governing Board statement here.

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for the start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to blockage from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This is due to the fact that “Bulgaria is offended by the interpretation of certain historical moments and personalities in North Macedonia and considers as an issue the historical heritage and the nature of the Macedonian identity and Macedonian language.”

“We will not stop encouraging cooperation, democracy and dialogue to foster EU integration”

ALDA Governing Board expresses concern about the “decision of the EU not to start yet the negotiation talks with North Macedonia and not adopting the proposed negotiating framework” and all its “openness and willingness to contribute at the establishment of decentralized dialogue between communities and people to people actions that will increase tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the region.”

That’s why ALDA continues working with our members and partners both in North Macedonia and in Bulgaria to foster cooperation between people and enhancing European values.

 

Read the full Governing Board statement here.


On the EU accession process of North Macedonia

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to opposition from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This EU member state is opposing to North Macedonia starting EU accession before resolving some historical questions.

While considering the reasons of every parts and the importance of history in building up the future, this step represents a disappointment for ALDA because of the strategic importance it gives to the accession of the countries of the Balkans to the EU.

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to opposition from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This EU member state is opposing to North Macedonia starting EU accession before resolving some historical questions.

While considering the reasons of every parts and the importance of history in building up the future, this step represents a disappointment for ALDA because of the strategic importance it gives to the accession of the countries of the Balkans to the EU.


Sisak after the earthquake: portrait of a new reality

The whole Sisak County was shaken that Tuesday morning, December 29th, 2020, few minutes past midday. While the epicentre was only 5 Km from Petrinja, the earthquake hit the whole area, namely the towns of Glina and Sisak.

In a different way, also ALDA itself was shaken that day: this shocking news left all of us astonished and helpless in front of the catastrophe which was taking place in one of the very cities where ALDA was born: in Sisak.

Sisak actually hosts the third ever-established Local Democracy Agency, opened in 1996, even before the creation of ALDA. The LDA Sisak was initially led by Antonella Valmorbida, now ALDA Secretary General, who then passed the lead to Paula Rauzan, the actual delegate.

The LDA Sisak, since its beginnings, has been a valuable resource for the local population thanks to its constant activities carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Sisak, member of ALDA since 2009 and other civil society organisations of the territory.

Today, the LDA is a renowned institution in the city and in the County, as well as a key stakeholder for the development of the region, whose premises host (or better say hosted) the Sisak Volunteer Centre.

Paula, despite all the news on the mass and local media, how is the situation in the city, how would you describe it?

Here in Sisak, things are slowly, but constantly, moving ahead. Nevertheless, there is a general feeling of confusionand chaos. What happened was totally unpredictable and caught us in the middle of the Christmas holidays, a period of the year when people who live and work abroad are coming back home and the city is very crowded.

What keeps me shocking every day when I walk through the city, is to realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake. At this very moment, Sisak is a city completely deprived of any institutions and services, physically speaking, the majority of constructions, from the Municipality to supermarkets, shops, houses and even schools underwent major structural damages and are not safe to be used.

Today, Sisak is a city where just a few public institutions still have their premises, and the daily life routine of ordinary people is extremely challenged considering basic services. We live in a place where nothing can be given for granted anymore. Yesterday, I found myself wondering if in Sisak there are any dry cleaner left.

Moreover, in some part of the town buildings seem to be in good conditions, at a first sight; instead, the more you get closer, the more structural damages are visible.

But the biggest loss of all is, surely, the loss of human lives. Until now, the earthquake caused the death of 7 people.

Walking through the city, I realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake

How is the crisis management working? How is the aid being managed?

I must say that the solidarity demonstrated by individuals, associations, companies is huge. Institutions are doing their part as well, but it is really astonishing the number of organisations and non-formal initiatives which took the field to help us.

Among all the problems, the biggest one is probably the large number of people left without a house, and a place to sleep. Adding up to that, this winter has been particularly cold, and the snow started falling just the day after the earthquake occurred. Most of the efforts now focus both on mapping people in distress, many of which are in remote places of the county, and on finding temporary solutions to help those people survive the season.

 

Which are the conditions of the LDA Sisak?

Unfortunately, the LDA Sisak does not have its premises anymore. The building is stills standing but has major damages in all its parts and it is not recommended for usage.

However, the situation is the same for large number of CSOs: I can recall just few associations which still has its premises. Despite this, all organisations keep working. People are actually having business meeting outside, in the snow.

Back to the LDA Sisak, in line with our mission which is the support of local democratic processes, we are reorienting our work and the volunteers’ to be as helpful as possible to the citizens.

Our staff is now active on two fronts: we are trying to finish all the ongoing activities and to finish all projects’ reports (a classic task during this time of the year). We are then mapping the needs of the community to bring specific help: the LDA Sisak has a strong volunteering component, thus we are channelling energies and forces according to the situation.

In turn, I must really thank the Croatian Volunteer Development Center which is giving us great support. In fact, all our networks are very supportive, ALDA and South East European Youth Network.

Paula, being the Delegate of the LDA Sisak, how your daily routine has changed?

My new daily routine…  actually, I am almost the whole day on the phone!

Making plans for the day is impossible and the situation and priorities are changing every hour. For this reason, I am always trying to be in contact with colleagues, volunteers and with other organisations. As CSOs, we are trying to cooperate and help each other as much as possible.

What is going to happen next?

The situation is highly unpredictable, firstly because the Earth hasn’t stopped shaking yet. Everyday there are new, minor, tremors which keep worsening the situation and the buildings’ conditions.

The only certain thing is that this area will need help for a long time, from an economic and social points of view. Indeed, considering the situation from a broader perspective, all this adds up to the already existing covid-19 pandemic and the growing risk and uncertainty is worsening people’s mental conditions.

To conclude, there is another threat to the city and its population: the exodus of people and commercial activities. Many are the people who left the area after the earthquake: regular citizens and businesspeople, considering that several hundred companies lost their premises.

This situation represents a threat for the whole region, which may find itself empty and drained of an important part of its social and economic component in the period to come.

 

See more pictures from Sisak

The whole Sisak County was shaken that Tuesday morning, December 29th, 2020, few minutes past midday. While the epicentre was only 5 Km from Petrinja, the earthquake hit the whole area, namely the towns of Glina and Sisak.

In a different way, also ALDA itself was shaken that day: this shocking news left all of us astonished and helpless in front of the catastrophe which was taking place in one of the very cities where ALDA was born: in Sisak.

Sisak actually hosts the third ever-established Local Democracy Agency, opened in 1996, even before the creation of ALDA. The LDA Sisak was initially led by Antonella Valmorbida, now ALDA Secretary General, who then passed the lead to Paula Rauzan, the actual delegate.

The LDA Sisak, since its beginnings, has been a valuable resource for the local population thanks to its constant activities carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Sisak, member of ALDA since 2009 and other civil society organisations of the territory.

Today, the LDA is a renowned institution in the city and in the County, as well as a key stakeholder for the development of the region, whose premises host (or better say hosted) the Sisak Volunteer Centre.

Paula, despite all the news on the mass and local media, how is the situation in the city, how would you describe it?

Here in Sisak, things are slowly, but constantly, moving ahead. Nevertheless, there is a general feeling of confusionand chaos. What happened was totally unpredictable and caught us in the middle of the Christmas holidays, a period of the year when people who live and work abroad are coming back home and the city is very crowded.

What keeps me shocking every day when I walk through the city, is to realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake. At this very moment, Sisak is a city completely deprived of any institutions and services, physically speaking, the majority of constructions, from the Municipality to supermarkets, shops, houses and even schools underwent major structural damages and are not safe to be used.

Today, Sisak is a city where just a few public institutions still have their premises, and the daily life routine of ordinary people is extremely challenged considering basic services. We live in a place where nothing can be given for granted anymore. Yesterday, I found myself wondering if in Sisak there are any dry cleaner left.

Moreover, in some part of the town buildings seem to be in good conditions, at a first sight; instead, the more you get closer, the more structural damages are visible.

But the biggest loss of all is, surely, the loss of human lives. Until now, the earthquake caused the death of 7 people.

Walking through the city, I realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake

How is the crisis management working? How is the aid being managed?

I must say that the solidarity demonstrated by individuals, associations, companies is huge. Institutions are doing their part as well, but it is really astonishing the number of organisations and non-formal initiatives which took the field to help us.

Among all the problems, the biggest one is probably the large number of people left without a house, and a place to sleep. Adding up to that, this winter has been particularly cold, and the snow started falling just the day after the earthquake occurred. Most of the efforts now focus both on mapping people in distress, many of which are in remote places of the county, and on finding temporary solutions to help those people survive the season.

 

Which are the conditions of the LDA Sisak?

Unfortunately, the LDA Sisak does not have its premises anymore. The building is stills standing but has major damages in all its parts and it is not recommended for usage.

However, the situation is the same for large number of CSOs: I can recall just few associations which still has its premises. Despite this, all organisations keep working. People are actually having business meeting outside, in the snow.

Back to the LDA Sisak, in line with our mission which is the support of local democratic processes, we are reorienting our work and the volunteers’ to be as helpful as possible to the citizens.

Our staff is now active on two fronts: we are trying to finish all the ongoing activities and to finish all projects’ reports (a classic task during this time of the year). We are then mapping the needs of the community to bring specific help: the LDA Sisak has a strong volunteering component, thus we are channelling energies and forces according to the situation.

In turn, I must really thank the Croatian Volunteer Development Center which is giving us great support. In fact, all our networks are very supportive, ALDA and South East European Youth Network.

Paula, being the Delegate of the LDA Sisak, how your daily routine has changed?

My new daily routine…  actually, I am almost the whole day on the phone!

Making plans for the day is impossible and the situation and priorities are changing every hour. For this reason, I am always trying to be in contact with colleagues, volunteers and with other organisations. As CSOs, we are trying to cooperate and help each other as much as possible.

What is going to happen next?

The situation is highly unpredictable, firstly because the Earth hasn’t stopped shaking yet. Everyday there are new, minor, tremors which keep worsening the situation and the buildings’ conditions.

The only certain thing is that this area will need help for a long time, from an economic and social points of view. Indeed, considering the situation from a broader perspective, all this adds up to the already existing covid-19 pandemic and the growing risk and uncertainty is worsening people’s mental conditions.

To conclude, there is another threat to the city and its population: the exodus of people and commercial activities. Many are the people who left the area after the earthquake: regular citizens and businesspeople, considering that several hundred companies lost their premises.

This situation represents a threat for the whole region, which may find itself empty and drained of an important part of its social and economic component in the period to come.

 

See more pictures from Sisak


Going deeper into the local dimension

As a “community of community” and an active network of stakeholders engaged locally, at ALDA we need and we want to strengthen our presence at the local level, thus reaching an ever-increasing number of citizens in order to be able to support both them and the local authorities involved in the planning and implementation of new initiatives.

In that light, ALDA has been developing its social media activity with a more regional approach: adding to the already-existing social profiles ALDA Skopje (Facebook and Instagram) and ALDA France (Facebook and Instagram), we are very excited for the brand-new Facebook pages ALDA Belgium – België – Belgique and ALDA Tunisie.

“A strong social media activity to increasing our presence and visibility in local community”

Far from being “simple” social media pages, they represent the growth of ALDA’s presence in terms of members, partners, and local projects, as well as an acknowledgment of the overall impact of ALDA’s activities and an impulse to do more with and for the citizens!

In Belgium and Tunisia, thanks to ALDA’s offices located respectively in Brussels and Tunis (without forgetting the LDA Kairouan!), we have been developing strong relationships with local actors which led to a consistent number of on-going projects in the country and consequently the potential of involving citizens in the numerous events!

All in all, we encourage you to check out our new Facebook Pages and to join us locally!!

As a “community of community” and an active network of stakeholders engaged locally, at ALDA we need and we want to strengthen our presence at the local level, thus reaching an ever-increasing number of citizens in order to be able to support both them and the local authorities involved in the planning and implementation of new initiatives.

In that light, ALDA has been developing its social media activity with a more regional approach: adding to the already-existing social profiles ALDA Skopje (Facebook and Instagram) and ALDA France (Facebook and Instagram), we are very excited for the brand-new Facebook pages ALDA Belgium – België – Belgique and ALDA Tunisie.

“A strong social media activity to increasing our presence and visibility in local community”

ALDA Governing Board expresses concern about the “decision of the EU not to start yet the negotiation talks with North Macedonia and not adopting the proposed negotiating framework” and all its “openness and willingness to contribute at the establishment of decentralized dialogue between communities and people to people actions that will increase tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the region.”

Far from being “simple” social media pages, they represent the growth of ALDA’s presence in terms of members, partners, and local projects, as well as an acknowledgment of the overall impact of ALDA’s activities and an impulse to do more with and for the citizens!

In Belgium and Tunisia, thanks to ALDA’s offices located respectively in Brussels and Tunis (without forgetting the LDA Kairouan!), we have been developing strong relationships with local actors which led to a consistent number of on-going projects in the country and consequently the potential of involving citizens in the numerous events!

All in all, we encourage you to check out our new Facebook Pages and to join us locally!!


Food Wave call launch: let’s lead the change!

Are you a youth-led small Civil Society Organization promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change?

 

We are looking for you!

Lead the change and participate to our call for proposals with your project idea!

 

The first call for proposals of the Food Wave Project has been launched and it is directed to youth-led small Civil Society Organizations promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change.

 

What is the objective of the call for proposals?

The Food Wave Project – co-funded by the EU under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme (DEAR) and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tese and 25 project partners in 17 countries, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors and involve smaller youth organizations interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

 

How much is the grant for the projects?

More than 20 project ideas will receive a contribution of up to 3000 € each to support the fight against climate change and create a fair and sustainable global food system!

"Lead the change: participate to the Food Wave call for proposals"

Which is the thematic focus?

The proposed projects must address at least one of the following thematic axes:

  • Sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights.
  • Local alternative food systems, local producers and territorial markets.
  • Fight against food waste.
  • Sustainable food education and knowledge sharing dissemination.
  • Fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food.

 

Where can the project be implemented?

Activities must take place in one of the following EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

 

The activities which will take place in the territories directly involved in the FOOD WAVE project will be privileged.

Please note that the cities directly concerned are: Almere, Brasov, Bruges, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Maribor, Molenbeek, Milan, Murcia, NeaSmyrni, Pest, Sofia, Strasbourg, Turin, Warsaw and Zagreb.

 

How to apply?

Read the full call for proposals, upload your budget, and fill in the full text of the application form to be completed online by the 28th February 2021.

In case you need further information please contact us at this email address: catchthewave@alda-europe.eu

#CatchTheWave and Lead the Change!

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USEFUL RESOURCES:

SAVE THE DATE: In order to learn more about the call requirements and hear some tips to improve your application, an online informative session will take place on February 10th at 18.00 on the Food Wave’s Facebook page!

Are you a youth-led small Civil Society Organization promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change?

 

We are looking for you!

Lead the change and participate to our call for proposals with your project idea!

 

The first call for proposals of the Food Wave Project has been launched and it is directed to youth-led small Civil Society Organizations promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change.

 

What is the objective of the call for proposals?

The Food Wave Project – co-funded by the EU under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme (DEAR) and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tese and 25 project partners in 17 countries, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors and involve smaller youth organizations interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

 

How much is the grant for the projects?

More than 20 project ideas will receive a contribution of up to 3000 € each to support the fight against climate change and create a fair and sustainable global food system!

"Lead the change: participate to the Food Wave call for proposals"

Which is the thematic focus?

The proposed projects must address at least one of the following thematic axes:

  • Sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights.
  • Local alternative food systems, local producers and territorial markets.
  • Fight against food waste.
  • Sustainable food education and knowledge sharing dissemination.
  • Fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food.

 

Where can the project be implemented?

Activities must take place in one of the following EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

 

The activities which will take place in the territories directly involved in the FOOD WAVE project will be privileged.

Please note that the cities directly concerned are: Almere, Brasov, Bruges, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Maribor, Molenbeek, Milan, Murcia, NeaSmyrni, Pest, Sofia, Strasbourg, Turin, Warsaw and Zagreb.

 

How to apply?

Read the full call for proposals, upload your budget, and fill in the full text of the application form to be completed online by the 28th February 2021.

In case you need further information please contact us at this email address: catchthewave@alda-europe.eu

#CatchTheWave and Lead the Change!

***

USEFUL RESOURCES:

SAVE THE DATE: In order to learn more about the call requirements and hear some tips to improve your application, an online informative session will take place on February 10th at 18.00 on the Food Wave’s Facebook page!


International day of education: learning by playing video games or how video game can be at the service of education?

Since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, a lot of sacrifices were made to ensure and guarantee the health of the population. Unfortunately, education was one of the fields to make sacrifices. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries, as highlighted by the United Nation report “Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation” . Nevertheless, there is hope, as emphasized by Sun Tzu in The Art of War, active 6th century B.C. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” The Art of War from Sun Tzu is still relevant in our current time. By seeing opportunities, innovation can emerge and be developed. This crisis is also the opportunity to rebuild a better world where inclusive and equitable quality education is accessible to everyone.

If the future of education is digital and especially if video games can be used to be in the service of education. Instead of learning by doing, we go to learning by playing video games. It’s the bet of 2 European projects, The Rude Awakening and P-CUBE, started during the health crisis. They put digital tools at the heart of their strategy to highlight and make the topics closer to the younger generation. How can video games support the education of the younger generation?

 

Teaching a common history by playing or how to speak about WW1

War is not an easy topic to talk about and the consequences of it are not easy to explain. Nevertheless, there is a need to speak about it, to teach it and to raise awareness of it. The European project The Rude Awakening made the choice to use digital tools to teach the younger generation war and peace. A video game enables to recreate the atmosphere of WW1, to teach the common cultural and European history the countries are sharing and most of all, it enables to play a game and to put you in the shoes of a WW1 soldier. Learning via playing a game needs to make sure that the information and content are accurate. The project makes it a point of honour to make sure that players learn true and accurate information. That is why the narration is based on accurate documentation, real testimonials, memories, letters, pictures,… But the identification with fictional character(s) is the innovative frame through which the player discovers the everyday life of a soldier at war, everyday struggles for food, water, fights against the cold, the hot, the tiredness, the death. By developing this video game, the project wants to make the players, especially the younger generation more connected to European historical and cultural heritage.

Learning by playing. Learning by feeling and experiencing. Learning solidarity and citizenship!

Teaching public policy making or how to foster civic engagement

Citizenship is at the heart of our society and the youth need to understand how it works. They will be the ones leading and taking the key decision in the near future and they need to have the knowledge to understand how such decisions should be taken: What is a public policy? How are the decisions taken? How can these decisions have an impact on our society and our life? The European project P-CUBE wants to develop an educational game for teaching public policy theory. The project aims to go from a game board to a video game, from offline to online. The purpose is to contribute towards dispelling misconceptions around the way innovations in public policies are taken by presenting the process through an interesting and realistic model, through a video game. The game will help players to become more familiar with the complexities of public policy making, and show that there are several different ways to overcome the obstacles that prevent current governance systems from tackling collective problems.

 

Learning by doing. Learning by playing public policy. Learning to grow up as a citizen. Learning and be sure that the next generation is ready to lead!

 

Education & Digital

Digital can be a real pillar to help in the fight against inequalities and increase inclusion. Digital tools can provide wider access to education for everyone. But the education system needs to be ready for this change and implicate that the internet, phone, computer and other digital tools have to be accessible to every citizen. Being equal in the face of digital access. The pandemic is providing us a unique opportunity to have a new vision on the education system, on the use of digital tools to learn and teach and to find new innovative ways to make have an inclusive and accessible education.

This crisis is pushing every citizen, government, and international institutions to make sacrifices and is changing our way of living. Nevertheless and on the occasion of the International Day of Education, we should remember how education is the key to the development of a country and to build and rebuild our societies. As video games, any form of educational methodology should be considered to rebuild and redefine our world and especially make sure to not forget this statement: Education is a human right.

Since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, a lot of sacrifices were made to ensure and guarantee the health of the population. Unfortunately, education was one of the fields to make sacrifices. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries. Nevertheless, there is hope. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” The Art of War from Sun Tzu is still relevant in our current time. By seeing opportunities, innovation can emerge and be developed. This crisis is also the opportunity to rebuild a better world where inclusive and equitable quality education is accessible to everyone.

If the future of education is digital and especially if video games can be used to be in the service of education. Instead of learning by doing, we go to learning by playing video games. It’s the bet of 2 European projects, The Rude Awakening and P-CUBE, started during the health crisis. They put digital tools at the heart of their strategy to highlight and make the topics closer to the younger generation. How can video games support the education of the younger generation?

 

Teaching a common history by playing or how to speak about WW1

War is not an easy topic to talk about and the consequences of it are not easy to explain. Nevertheless, there is a need to speak about it, to teach it and to raise awareness of it. The European project “The Rude Awakening” made the choice to use digital tools to teach the younger generation war and peace. A video game enables to recreate the atmosphere of WW1, to teach the common cultural and European history the countries are sharing and most of all, it enables to play a game and to put you in the shoes of a WW1 soldier. Learning via playing a game needs to make sure that the information and content are accurate. The project makes it a point of honour to make sure that players learn true and accurate information. That is why the narration is based on accurate documentation, real testimonials, memories, letters, pictures,… But the identification with fictional character(s) is the innovative frame through which the player discovers the everyday life of a soldier at war, everyday struggles for food, water, fights against the cold, the hot, the tiredness, the death. By developing this video game, the project wants to make the players, especially the younger generation more connected to European historical and cultural heritage.

Learning by playing. Learning by feeling and experiencing. Learning solidarity and citizenship!

Teaching public policy making or how to foster civic engagement

Citizenship is at the heart of our society and the youth need to understand how it works. They will be the ones leading and taking the key decision in the near future and they need to have the knowledge to understand how such decisions should be taken: What is a public policy? How are the decisions taken? How can these decisions have an impact on our society and our life? The European project P-CUBE wants to develop an educational game for teaching public policy theory. The project aims to go from a game board to a video game, from offline to online. The purpose is to contribute towards dispelling misconceptions around the way innovations in public policies are taken by presenting the process through an interesting and realistic model, through a video game. The game will help players to become more familiar with the complexities of public policy making, and show that there are several different ways to overcome the obstacles that prevent current governance systems from tackling collective problems.

Learning by doing. Learning by playing public policy. Learning to grow up as a citizen. Learning and be sure that the next generation is ready to lead!

 

Education & Digital

Digital can be a real pillar to help in the fight against inequalities and increase inclusion. Digital tools can provide wider access to education for everyone. But the education system needs to be ready for this change and implicate that the internet, phone, computer and other digital tools have to be accessible to every citizen. Being equal in the face of digital access. The pandemic is providing us a unique opportunity to have a new vision on the education system, on the use of digital tools to learn and teach and to find new innovative ways to make have an inclusive and accessible education.

This crisis is pushing every citizen, government, and international institutions to make sacrifices and is changing our way of living. Nevertheless and on the occasion of the International Day of Education, we should remember how education is the key to the development of a country and to build and rebuild our societies. As video games, any form of educational methodology should be considered to rebuild and redefine our world and especially make sure to not forget this statement: Education is a human right.