BRIGHTS Project

The BRIGHTS “Boosting Global Citizenship Education using digital storytelling” project aims to foster social cohesion and promote 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 formal and non-formal Education with the help of digital storytelling (DS) techniques, 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 young people real opportunities to challenge discriminations, value cultural diversity and become active citizens. This will led to the establishment of the first European Community on GCE.

Global Citizenship Education employs concepts and methodologies already implemented in different fields and subjects, including human rights education, peace education, education to achieve sustainable development and education for intercultural understanding. Addressing subjects through GCE can contribute to promote social inclusion and give opportunities to challenge racism and stereotypes. We will combine it with digital storytelling because it has proven to be a powerful learning tool, improving creativity, digital literacy and critical thinking.

BRIGHTS’ objectives are:

  • To build teachers’ and trainers’ capacity to implement GCE with young people using digital storytelling techniques, and
  • To empower young people to develop social, civic and intercultural competences as well as critical thinking, media literacy, creativity and digital skills. In practice, young people will produce digital stories on Global Citizenship topics.

The project will be implemented in Belgium, Croatia, Greece and Italy and directly address:

  • Secondary school teachers and trainers (e-facilitators, youth workers, cultural mediators etc.) working in formal and non-formal educational settings (schools, Telecentres, Youth Centres, NGOs etc.) with young people.
  • Young people (13-19 years old), including youngsters at risk of marginalisation
  • Education and training policy-makers and stakeholders.

We will train secondary school teachers and trainers working with young people (including youth workers, e-facilitators, cultural mediators etc.) on the principles of Global Citizenship Education and its application through digital storytelling. We will develop a blended training course for them with a MOOC and face-to-face workshops. As part of their training, selected teachers and trainers will directly test the acquired methodology with young people (aged 13-19) in schools and in non-formal educational contexts. We expect a great number of interesting and reflective digital stories produced by youngsters on global challenges and subjects including human rights, peace and democratic values, intercultural dialogue, active citizenship etc.

On the policy level, we will produce informative materials and recommendations and raise awareness on BRIGHTS values, objectives and activities among policy-makers and the civil society.

BRIGHTS is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under the Action KA3 Social Inclusion through Education, training and youth. It started on the 31st of December 2016 and will last 2 years.