Two child and community psychologists living in Norway (May Lene Karlsen) and the UK (Gail Sinitsky), launched a report in collaboration with the Open University about children’s experiences of the pandemic. This project “has offered children the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the pandemic via an online survey, in either written or art form.” Read more about this project here.
Members of ECPA received funds for RURAL 3.0: Service Learning for Rural Development
Cinzia Albanesi, and Elvira Cicognani, Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy), and Wolfgang Stark, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany) are involved in a Erasmus+ project that is aimed at establishing partnerships (knowledge alliances) between different European Higher Education Institutions and rural partners, with the aim to develop resources to implement Service Learning and support the development of social entrepreneurship in the rural communities.
The KoM of the project took place in Zagreb last March. Nives Mikelic Preradovic University of Zagreb, was a nice host, and welcomed the consortium and its coordinator Anabela Correia – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, who finally had the chance to meet in person and start planning in detail the activities of the consortium which involves eight Higher Education Institutions (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESE) (Portugal); University College of Teacher Education Vienna (Austria); FFZG) (Croatia); Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University (The Netherlands); Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany); Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain); Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania); University of Bologna (Italy) and eight rural partners (AJDeão (Portugal); LAG*5 (Croatia); LAG Ammersee (Germany); Kaunas district LAG (Lithuania); Galsinma (Spain); Stichting Schutsluis Alblasserdam (The Netherlands); Plenum (Austria); LAG L’Altra Romagna (Italy).
The next meeting of the consortium will be in Wien, September 9-10. If you want to know more on the project have a look at the project website or our Facebook and Instagram pages: Rural 3.0
HOME_EU – Homelessness as unfairness
The global aim of HOME_EU is to provide a comprehensive understanding on how the Europeans stakeholders perceive, tolerate and confront the inequality.
We aim to understand how persistent Homelessness disrupts individuals, basic liberties and equality aspirations, and to find the best solution to tackle this phenomenon.
The Capabilities Approach provides a framework that will be used to generate data and practical guidelines to promote social justice with a focus on service effectiveness and policy guidance for innovation.
The project will examine how the experiences of homeless services users (both current and past; both Housing First and other services) are shaped by the homelessness-related values, beliefs, priorities, and practices service providers that support them, by national public policies that direct services, and by the citizens who shape public policy.
To achieve this aim, HOME_EU will compile data from diversified sources: citizens, service users and providers and policy actors to understand how this phenomenon is accepted or not across partner member states, and to highlight effective solutions.
Maria Vargas-Moniz and José Ornelas of ISPA – Instituto Universitário, are involved in the HOME_EU project.
CATCH-EyoU – Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth
A major challenge for the EU is currently “bridging the gap” between young Europeans and EU Institutions, and improving dialogue, in order to enhance young people’s trust in EU Institutions and their active engagement in EU issues. Including young people’s perspectives is essential to ensuring the continuation of participatory and representative democracy.
Through the joint contribution of different disciplines (Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Media and Communications, Education) CATCH-EyoU has the aim to identify the factors, located at different levels (psychological, developmental, macro social and contextual) influencing the different forms of youth active engagement in Europe.
Through different studies, qualitative, quantitative, and an active citizenship intervention in schools, the project will provide a multifaceted understanding of the different factors influencing the perspectives of young people on Europe and of the ways in which young people engage in society, offering policy makers new instruments and “conceptual lenses” to better understand this generation, how they approach public authorities and how they engage materially and symbolically in order to participate in the construction of the societies they inhabit and shape the governmental regimes under which they live.
This new understanding will help to bring the European Union closer to all its citizens, not only the young.
ECPA members Elvira Cicognani, Cinzia Albanesi, Bruna Zani of the University of Bologna and Isabel Menezes of the University of Porto are some of the people involved in the CATCH-EyoU project.