Project: EIQ: Europe in Question
Program: Europe for Citizens
Duration: 24 Months
Start Date: 01/01/2017
In 2016 the European Union has been marked by significant events: the worst refugee crisis since World War II as well as BREXIT that have jeopardised the fundamental structure of EU which is still coping with the economic recession. The lack of adequate policies is raising distrust and dissatisfaction of citizens and more than ever voices against the European Union have been raised across the continent. It seems that the idea of a united and strong Europe is slowly disappearing from the collective consciousness. The time has come to ask the Citizens what kind of EU they want. Citizens are mostly unaware of the effect of a possible disintegration of the European Union in their daily lives. Many of the advantages and opportunities within the EU, that are the result of many years of political economical process, are accept ed by citizens as self-evident.
Euroscepticism is on the rise. Citizens are losing confidence in the functioning of the EU institutions and phenomena like ignorance towards European programs, national egoism and the emergence of extremist political movements has shaken the foundations of what has been achieved in the last sixty years. If citizens will not be included in the discussion and will continue to make their decisions based on emotions, it will be extremely tough to overcome the common problems. This project will reach citizens in their daily lives and try to resolve those issues that are relevant to their everyday situations. With this project we will promote critical thinking of different social groups and together we will seek proposals and concrete solutions at EU level. Activities are planned in a way that a large number of citizens who represent basis for a long-term cooperation network will be included.
Role of FOPSIM:
- Attend all the project meetings
- Contribute to Social networks that will be created
- Contribute the Project website
- Organize a National Forum and contribute to partners' National Forums
- Closely collaborate with at least one MEP
- Successfully implement and disseminate the project
- Attend the final conference in Greece
- Municipality of Tanagra (Greece) -coordinator
- Siawns Teg Limited (UK)
- Asociación de Municipios Forestales de la Comunitat Valenciana (Spain)
- INSTITUTI PRINCIPE REAL - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVO (Portugal)
- FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SOCIAL INCLUSION IN MALTA - FOPSIM (Malta)
- DICA ONLUS (Italy)
- EMPAATIA NGO (Estonia)
Project: EAST: Environment, Activities, Studies & Exchanges
Program: Erasmus+ (KA2)
Duration: 24 Months
Start Date: 01/06/2017
The main idea of the project is related to environmental issues, sustainable development, training.
Confirming the importance of education and training of youth, the needs in strengthening and building new professional and transversal skills, we considered the important contribution to the professional growth, which the union of formal (FE), non-formal (NFE) and informal education can bring, targeting the environmental training on the competences.
E.A.S.T. aspires to create more opportunities for youth in education and employment according to the competences of youth involved, to address the challenge of youth unemployment through strengthening the links between the youth sector and the training needs of the labour market, promoting education to self-employment, providing educational opportunities and empowerment for youth on the subject of training in the field of Eu project planning within the themes of environment, sustainable development and green jobs.
Objectives were set according to the needs of youth as integral part of the community:
- to provide a better knowledge on the environmental issues for improving the accessibility and usability of green areas and developing environmentally literate citizenry;
- to exchange best practices and create long-term, high quality partnerships in the youth field under this priority;
- to promote synergies in the youth field and stimulate the participation of authorities;
- to analyse the environmental use and related to it issues, both in terms of innovative sustainable development and the education of youth in participating countries within EU;
- to innovate and improve the quality and the range of initial training of young people active and/ or potentially interested to venture in the field of environmental, sustainable development and green jobs by elaborating NF environmental education curriculum aimed at empowering of youth and thus to facilitate facing the challenge of youth unemployment;.
- to promote the exchanges, training and cooperation among youth workers from EU countries and provide young people with useful soft and hard skills in order to use them in their professional lives.
The partnership commits to apply to the curriculum materials the open-licence format to permit better access of youth to professional knowledge and transversal skills achievement in the perspective of youth's active role in the educational process aimed at competences.
- 1. Kick-off: Alcamo, Italy; 9-10 Nov. 2017
- 2. Steering meeting: Malta, 26-27 Feb 2018
- 3. Steering meeting: Croatia, Jun 2018
- 4. Steering meeting: Romania, Oct 2018
- 5. Steering meeting: Spain, Feb 2019
- 6. Closing meeting: Italy, May 2019
- EURO (Italy) -coordinator
- CURBA DE CULTURA (Romania)
- ECO COMMUNITIES (UK) -withdrawal
- FOPSIM (P4)
- TZG Jastrebarskog (Hrvatska)
- ORSA (Italy)
- NUOVO ATENEO (Italy)
Request for quotations for the External Project Evaluator in connection with
Project: On the Move
Name of Project: On the Move
Name of Program: Erasmus+
Duration: 18 Months
Start Date: 01/01/2016
Aim of the Project
To contribute to raising awareness of the need for physical activity as the basis of healthy lifestyle by changing habits of identified target groups (preschool children and their families) and to tackle challenges of growing obesity among preschool children.
By including children from an early age into regular sports activities accompanied with indoor and outdoor activities with their parents and workshops at weekends. This project combines physical activity and balanced diet as the most effective way to increase general health, mental development and performance in children and reduce the risk of obesity.
- On the Move preschool children working programme of the sports activities.
- Execution of the 9 months programme in Malta
- Survey and analysis of the results from the sport programme.
- Family workshop for nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
- Guidelines for the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition as a healthy lifestyle.
- Final Conference in Slovenia.
FOPSIM is requesting quotations for the provision of services pertaining to external evaluation of the project. The external evaluation will focus on making a review of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of project and its outcomes.
The following table shows activities and outcomes outlined in the cope of project design (F.1) together with foreseen measures for evaluating their quality to be adopted by project management.
Women and Girls in Sports News and Media
Name of Project: Women and Girls in Sports News and Media
Name of Program: Erasmus+ Sport
Duration: 24 Months
Start Date: 01/01/2017
End Date: 31/12/2018
Total budget: €499,989
To increase awareness of the issue of insufficient and inappropriate coverage of women's sport and to reduce gender stereotyping in media coverage of sport. This project will also aim to increase the quality and quantity of media coverage of women's sport at a local, regional, national and European level. This will benefit the health and wellbeing of all women and girls, by providing them with positive sporting role models and fostering a culture that sees sport as an accessible and desirable activity for women and girls.
The Project focuses on four priority areas that need attention in national strategies for action:
- Equal representation and gender sensitivity in decision making
- Equal representation and gender equality in coaching and teaching in sport
- The fight against gender violence in sport and the role of sport in preventing gender violence
- The fight against negative gender stereotypes in sport and the promotion of positive role models and the role of media in this perspective.
Carry out delivery activities in Malta including identifying best practice examples, facilitating a national info-session, participating in the partner's meeting and organising a meeting in Malta.
United Kingdom: Women in Sport (coordinator)
Sweden: Girls in sport
Greece: European Institute for Local Development (EILD)
Romania: West University of Timisoara
FOPSIM - the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta, is involved in the implementation in Malta of the European project NECME "New forms of European Citizenship in Migration Era". 17 Civil society organisations from 16 European countries will promote studies and researches, meetings and seminars to strengthen migrants participation and active citizenship in Europe.
Name of Project: New forms of European Citizenship in Migration Era
Name of Program: EUROPE FOR CITIZENS
Key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action: Civil Society Projects
Reference number: 577432-CITIZ-1-2016-1-IT-CITIZ-CIV
Duration: 18 Months
Start Date: 01/11/2016
End Date: 30/04/2018
Total budget: €150,000
Role of FOPSIM: Associated partner
Project NECME aims to stimulate among civil society, in synergy with institutions involved in integration process, a more active role in promoting active citizenship of migrants, starting from the analysis of inclusion difficulties and of the role of human beings trafficking and its links with international organized crime.
Participants from 17 different countries will implement activities aimed to overcome xenophobic, intolerant and discriminating behaviors, by raising awareness on fundamental rights and difficulties faced by migrant citizens. This will be accompanied by a study on human beings trafficking led by criminal organizations.
Through the involvement of different stakeholders (teachers, representatives of associations and European agencies, administrators of public institutions, journalists, law enforcement, ...) and the adoption of different methodologies (meetings, debates, reflections, workshop), participants will be stimulated to act, as single citizens or as organized civil society, to facilitate migrant inclusion in European society.
Project will create synergies between civil society and public bodies, also by promoting the role of volunteering.
- To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.
- Encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens' understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.
- Combatting stigmatization of "immigrants" and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
FOPSIM will be actively involved in the preparatory activity (survey) in its territory. It will participate in project meetings in Latvia, Italy, Austria and Portugal. It will organize the dissemination event in Malta, involving local people, and take part in the coordination meetings and follow-up activity. It will handle the visibility of the project and the dissemination of results at the local level.
- Improve the knowledge and understanding of the situation in the Member States
- Support the development of statistical tools, methods and indicators
- Support and monitor the implementation of EU law and policy objectives
- Promote networking, mutual learning, identification and dissemination of good practice
- Enhance the awareness of stakeholders and the general public about the EU policies pursued
- Boost the capacity of key EU networks to promote and support EU policies.
Impact on new citizens of European Union: The recognition and enhancement of cooperation with public institutions (are more likely not to be withdrawn and instead are helping government and society to be a safer place to live. Knowledge on modern world human trafficking risks and criminology.
Impact on civil society about EU legislations: Are aware of their human rights and knowledge on new possibilities how to address problems. Integration immigrants into European civil liberties.
Impact on public bodies: How to be more useful and helpful for immigrants. Their active engagement to ensure the growth of a democratic and welcoming Europe.
Impact on partner organizations: Better coordination between organizations with different objectives, structures and functioning.
Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca (Applicant Organisation) - ITALY
Contact Person: Project Manager Loredana Introini
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +390916812993;
Asociatia Gipsy Eye (Associated partner) - ROMANIA:
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Ionut Stan
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +40745159609;
Beyond Barriers (Associated partner) -ALBANIA:
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Project manager Irena Topalli
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +355 69 20 91 795;
Foundation For the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM) (Associated partner) - MALTA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Chairperson Nadia Theuma
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0035621418756
Sdruzhenie Mezhdunaroden institut po menidzhmant (Associated partner) - BULGARIA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Chairperson of the managing Boar Tzvetalina GENOVA
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +359 52 620871
Udruga Agencija Lokalne Demokracije (Associated partner) -CROATIA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Umberto Ademollo
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +38552774617;
VIDZEMES AUGSTSKOLA (Associated partner) - LATVIA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Lecturer, study program manager Agnese Karaseva
e-mail: email@example.com tel: 37164207230
Fundacio Privada Ficat (Associated partner) - SPAIN
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Coordinator of European Project Pamela Bellagamba
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +34 665 520 030;
Medijski edukativni centar (Associated partner) - SERBIA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President of the Board of Direct RajcevicMiomir
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +38163386285
Aventura Marão Clube (Associated partner) - PORTUGAL
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President of the Board Alfredo CARVALHO
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 00351 255 420 234;
Fundacja Tale Euro Est (Associated partner) - POLAND
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Pistone Gianfranco
e-mail: email@example.com tel:+48606131683;
OUT OF THE BOX INTERNATIONAL (Associated partner) - BELGIUM
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Project Manager Davidovska Ivana
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +32483110237
Mezinarodni vzdelavaci centrum GEMS (Associated partner) - CZECH REPUBLIC
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Alena Jeslinkova
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +420 721119209;
Association for sustainable development SFERA MACEDONIA - Bito (Associated partner) - FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Duli Milcho
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0038971369679;
ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Eco (Associated partner) - GREECE
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): Financial manager Pavlina Lazaridou
e-mail: email@example.com tel: +302310285688;
ASSOCIAZIONE INFORMAGIOVANI (Associated partner) - ITALY
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): President Pietro Galluccio
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +393381728439
LeISA gGmbH (Associated partner) - GERMANY
Contact Person (and Legal Representative): EVS coordinator Susann Mannel
e-mail: Susann.Mannel@villa-leipzig.de tel: 0049 341 35520421
Title: RISK CHANGE - RC
Duration: 48 months
Programme: Creative Europe
RC aims to create, connect, compare, disseminate and promote contemporary EU interdisciplinary art related to social studies and migration. The project covers the field of contemporary interdisciplinary culture, art and creativity connected to science, especially social and applied sciences and ICT. RC will increase transnational mobility, audience development, digitalization and new sustainable model. RC entails interacting with different target audiences, esp. building connectivity between new-coming migrants and settled inhabitants EU communities.
- Transnational mobility
- Audience development
- To integrate the local communities into ideas of mobility and multicultural exchange;
- To increase communication and exchange between migrant and non - migrant individuals and communities for better integration;
- To stimulate co-working/networking models amongst experts and migrants;
- To influence public views on migration through creative communication;
- To empower quality of visual art in mass media and public places;
- To encourage intercultural dialogue and solidarity, cross-culture platforms and mutual collaborative approaches through interdisciplinary culture;
- To empower the interdisciplinary culture sector, participatory art and encourage trans-disciplinary practices;
- To empower digital shift for target groups;
- To transfer innovative UCT models and results, open source patent, free access to innovations, applications for open society (augmented reality, avatars, e-cloud), to multicultural creative users;
- To implement new multitasking jobs (e-skills) into RC networking;
- To engage with social, religious and cultural backgrounds of migrants and non-migrants for stimulating exchanged and melting points/networking.
Role of Fopsim:
FOPSIM will lead the WP2 - Qualitative and quantitative Research, migration policy in Malta. FOPSIM will also be actively involved in the following Work Packages:
- Management (WP1) - Partners meetings, Quality control and Reports, Opens-calls
- Production (WP3) - Mobile app workshops, Exhibitions, Touring residencies in Zejtun
- Audience Building (WP4) - Trainings with local communities, New educational models and creative ideas, Surveys, Lectures/Debates, Conference, Symposium,
- Communication and Dissemination (WP5) - RC Website, Communication and Dissemination actions, Study Visits, Exhibitions at large scale
- Sustainability and Exploitation of Results (WP6) - Sustainable co-working model, Study visits
- Kick-off Meeting: TBC
- Interim: TBC
- Final Meeting: TBC
STOP LABOUR DISCRIMINATION OF ROMA
-Establish networks of diverse stakeholders including government, civil society, education (formal and non-formal), media, industry etc.
- Develop the exchange and transfer of good practices carried out in different European cities and implement outreach activities that promote multiculturalism in the workplace.
- Promote the expansion of employment opportunities for gipsy population and promote training activities for trainers, social workers and mediators on discrimination.
- To raise awareness on issues of racism and xenophobia, and harmonize the approach at European level to improve the identification and protection of gipsy population in vulnerable situations in the workplace.
- Supporting the exchange and cooperation between different European cities, for an effective fight against racism.
- Empower roma population, by ethnicity suffer employment discrimination, supporting them in defending their rights.
- Increase awareness among the stakeholder and the different actors of public government or civil society of its responsibility in the fight against discrimination based on ethnic and stereotyped behaviors that are associated with this source.
- Local round tables with the participation of all local actors, to make a diagnosis and to detect how and where racism is shown towards gipsy people.
- 3 study visits to identify local best practices in prevention and elimination of discrimination in the workplace.
- Workshops for roma on job search
- Awareness campaigns aimed at gipsy people, employers and other labor market actors. In order to combat racism and xenophobia in all aspects that make up the labor market, taking into account the characteristics of gipsy people.
- Establishment of a network of social and occupational integration and support, designed to monetize all efforts and resources for the socio-professional integration of gipsy people, posing a participatory approach with this group, from a perspective of empowerment.
- Web-Directory specialized in the fight against discrimination, racism and xenophobia for professional organizations and workplace resources. It will include good practices identified, materials racism, directory of persons and groups working in this field in the participating countries, integration plans, linguistic diversity, human rights and laws.
Role of Fopsim:
1. Collaborate in project management and quality assurance activities, according to the commitments established by the applicant partner.
2. Help in the designment and implementation of the network, as a database and link to all interested in the issue, to cooperate on disadvantaged groups'employment integration.
3. Provide expertise to the project on the target group.
4. Regionally, we'll develop all workstreams among the target groups, and help disseminate all results among stakeholders.
5. Ensure participation of experts and professionals at all study visits, when needed, providing the greatest expertise for the exchange of best practices and knowledge, enriching the project. Also, of appropiate staff for all actions.
6. To prepare and elaborate, with the rest of partners, the joint work of the project and the development of activities. We will provide with contacts from our region to the database, for the spread of information. Also, translation of leaflets and posters into our language.
7. To guarantee the publicity and diffusion of the project in our region respecting the regulation of publicity of the EU, and ensure the European spread of all information regarding the project, ensuring the widest possible knowledge among the community.
8. Ensure that the exploitation plan is rightly developed within our region.
This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of FOPSIM and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.
ERASMUS+ SPORT - ON THE MOVE
Croatia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and United Kingdom
Today's way of life forced us to change our habits. Many people have reduced physical activity, became overweight and by doing so, endanger their own health. All the indicators say that the most vulnerable section of the population are kindergarten and preschool children. But, if we instill in them healthy habits, such as good nutrition and physical activity at an early age, they will continue to grow up and develop into healthy young individuals, living a healthy lifestyle in their adulthood.
Problems of inactivity, overweight and obesity among children are not only the specifics of a single region or country. The whole EU region faces the same challenge - how to prevent obesity among children and ensure them easy access to a healthy lifestyle? This is why we launched the ERASMUS+ Sport project ON THE MOVE with Croatia as the coordinator and partners MeÄ‘imurje alliance of sport recreation â€žSports For Allâ€œ (Croatia), Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion (FOPSIM - Malta), The Municipality of Lousada (Portugal), Gymnasticke centrum Bratislava (Slovakia), Centre for Health and Development (Slovenia) and CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts (CVS BEH - United Kingdom).
The project targets children between 4 and 7 years of age, who are overweight, obese or with a low level of physical activity. We are preparing a programme which will combine physical activity, nutrition lectures and cooking workshops. In Croatia it will last for 14 months, in Malta 3 months and in Slovenia, Slovakia, Portugal and UK for 9 months.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
The intention of the designed programme is to introduce children to basic sports like athletics, gymnastics and swimming in order to boost their physical, cognitive and academic development and to create healthy habits at a young age. It will consist of regular sports meetings during the week for preschool children (4-7 years) and weekend indoor and outdoor activites with workshops on healthy nutrition and other relevant topics.
In fighting obesity and unhealthy lifestyles among preschool children, we will also work with the families.
Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning
Resource library creation
FOPSIM is part of a consortium implementing the Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning project. This project, funded under the Erasmus+ programme aims to share expertise regarding the inclusion of disabled people in society and the workplace, to develop training courses to improve the employability of young disabled people, create recommendations for NGOs to improve the transition of disabled people from education into the workplace and to distribute the findings of the project to all the relevant stakeholders.
To date, three of the four Intellectual Outputs have been completed, namely a Disability Etiquette Module, Recommendations of good case practices for NGOs and a training module to enhance the employability of young disabled people. Furthermore, the consortium is currently in the process of creating the 4th Intellectual Output: a resource library of relevant information about the inclusion of disabled people.
The resource library will include information sources which have been used for creating theproject outputs as well as external resources that are helpful for facilitating an increased participation of disabled people in society. This resource library is targeted towards trainers, NGOs, civil society organisations, social worker and association dealing with disabilities who will be provided with information about legislation standards, the benefits for people with disabilities, recommendations for NGOs and provide lists of employment agencies.
The resource library is a beneficial tool for the project’s targeted stakeholders because it provides easy access to the important information related to improving the integration of disabled people into society. Moreover, as all the information will be located in one place, it provides a good reference point for young disabled people and the organisations working with them to help with skills development as well as for companies willing to hire disabled people to better understand how to adapt the workplace in order to meet the needs of people with varying disabilities. Consequently, the resource library is a tool which can better improve the accessibility of the labour market to young disabled people.
If you want to know more about the project you can visit the project website http://www.itlerasmus.eu/ and contact Maria Limongelli at email@example.com or call at +35623390139.
European Showcase of Collective Plays!
FOPSIM has been awarded a new project called the European Showcase of Collective Plays. This 4 year project is co-funded under the Creative Europe programme brings together a consortium of 6 organisations from Italy, Norway, Spain, Belgium and Malta.
The project aims to encourage the development of plays through collaboration between playwrights from different countries. The objectives of the project are to stimulate international cooperation between playwrights and theatre organisations of different nationalities to improve their international reputation at both European and global level as well as creating transnational theatre productions to facilitate the exchange of procedures and outlooks between European artists. Additionally, the project also intends to widen the appeal of theatrical performances by including internal dialogue within each play, expanding upon the idea of European citizenship through polyphonic plays and assisting with the dissemination of these new playwriting strategies for artistic expression. Furthermore, the plays developed through this project will be internationally toured and showcased at important European festivals in order to bring them to prominence.
FOPSIM’s role will include participating in the Commissioning Committee and transnational meetings, where the key project decisions will be made. Furthermore, FOPSIM will organise and conduct workshops, workshows and focus groups as well as organising and conducting the Audience Awareness Actionist (AAA) national groups and workshops. FOPSIM will also organise rehearsals and readings and will stage the play and related events.
Project co-ordinator Teatro Delle Arti Medioevali from Italy visited Malta this month to discuss the way forward for the project.
For more information about EU Collective Plays project you can visit the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Eu-Collective-Plays-911804535557260/?ref=hl or contact Maria Limongelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts
Funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme
On Thursday 23rd July, FOPSIM organised a workshop for the local community within the objectives of the project Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts. The workshop was opened with a presentation from Malta Enterprise, during which Mr. Cain Grech introduced the initiative: Business First. This involved an outline of the current support available for crafts people, both monetary and through advice. The floor was then opened for discussion and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the obstacles that they come across in their sector.
Three different workshops followed, during which participants had the opportunity to produce the Item that was being presented. These included: Papier Mï¿½chï¿½ presented by Europeando, Patchwork and Moulding Techniques showcased by two teachers from the LifeLong Learning Centre. Four representatives from the Italian project partners: Europeondo visited Malta for a bilateral meeting with FOPSIM and to attend the workshop due to the similarities found between the Italian and Maltese Market in the Arts and Crafts Sector. This was taken as an opportunity to showcase a traditional craft from Italy too during the workshop, which was very well received by the local participants.
The workshop was concluded with a presentation from FOPSIM of the project outcomes and 'Setting up a crafts business-A Handbook' was introduced to the participants. All attendees were in turn invited to comment provide feedback on the handbook which was adapted according to the requests and feedback that was received.
Prior to the workshop, the Italian delegation had the opportunity to visit the crafts village in Ta' Qali, meeting some of our local craftsmen and also a visit to the workshop of another artisan in Rabat was facilitated by the representatives of FOPSIM.
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Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts
The final meeting of the project Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts was held in Caceres Spain, from 26th May till 29th May, 2015. The project is funded under the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission.
Araceli Rubio, Director of CEPA Maestro Martï¿½n Cisneros opened the meeting with a welcoming address to all participants, followed by the award of a commemorative gift to the representatives of each delegation. A Representative of FOPSIM attended the final meeting together with six other participants from the crafts sector.
The floor was then passed to the project partners to present the best practices which were identified throughout the project, in the different countries. The first day of the meeting ended with a workshop on bookbinding, were the learners had the opportunity to hard-bind their own books. The second day started with a visit to the 'Entrepreneurship Attention Point' that is found in Caceres, followed by a presentation of Kyriakos E. Georgiou: "Design and Development of a Business Plan for Small Handicraft Business". A workshop of soap making followed for the learners participating in the final meeting, using a traditional technique which is currently being used among inmates to produce their own soap.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the entities implementing the project held the final coordinators meeting to discuss the final outcomes of the project and the sustainability of the project. Future opportunities to further develop the project outcomes have been discussed, including the possibility of working towards European certification for Traditional crafts. The last day of the meeting consisted of a last workshop: Painting on fans and all the participants were awarded a certificate.
Integration through Learning project produced Recommendations for NGOs
FOPSIM, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta, is part of a consortium which is implementing the Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning project. This project aims to encourage the socialisation of disabled people, enhance the skills of disabled people and break the stereotypes associated with disabilities, in order to enable more disabled people to enter the workplace.
The objectives of the project are to share expertise regarding the inclusion of disabled people in society and the workplace, to develop training courses to improve the employability of young disabled people, create recommendations for NGOs to improve the transition of disabled people from education into the workplace and to distribute the findings of the project to all the relevant stakeholders.
Thus far, this project has resulted in two Intellectual Outputs being produced. The first one is the Disability Etiquette Module, which aims to combat the negative stereotypes associated with people who have a disability and also provides guidance on the best ways to communicate with disabled people depending on the type of impairment.
For the second Intellectual Output, every partner organisation working on this project identified 2 best practices about the transition of disabled people from education to the workplace in their respective countries, which can be universally applied. These best practice cases can be used as the basis of initiatives in other cities, countries or regions in order to further the inclusion of disabled people in the workplace and society in general. Furthermore, recommendations have been produced in order to learn from the weaknesses identified in these best practice cases to further improve the inclusion of disabled people.
Moreover, the consortium is looking forward to working on the third Intellectual Output, namely, to develop a 30-hour training course which aims to increase the employability of young disabled people.
"Self-employed Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts"
Marketing Training Session
How can an artisan survive in this global and competitive market? How can a hobby act as a springboard for a small business? These are just a few topics discussed during the training session held by FOPSIM on the 30th September 2014, at Studio Shop, St. James Cavalier, Valletta.
The training session took place through the European project called "Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts", of which FOPSIM is a partner. The project aims to stimulate the willingness to learn, share experiences and acquire new skills from others. Furthermore, this project is giving the participants the great opportunity to create a strong network and to think about new business paths.
The training session started with an introduction of the project objectives and outcomes, then it was followed by a presentation on the use of Intellectual Property Rights as a defensive and promotional tool in the market. After the first sessions, the participants had the chance to get some useful tips from the successful Maltese entrepreneur Joseph Galea, who shared his experience in exporting products.
The training was concluded with Dr. Theuma's session about product innovation, which provided some very interesting suggestions about how and why to innovate.
Finally, all the participants have been invited to participate in the upcoming mobilities held through the project, in which they will have the opportunity to visit and learn from artisans in Italy, Spain and Turkey.
"Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts"
Between the 7th and 10th of October, FOPSIM participated in a workshop in Lecce, Italy through the project "Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts", funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme. A representative of FOPSIM and two learners working in the local crafts sector attended the workshop.
The main theme of the workshop was the "papier-mï¿½chï¿½", (in italian "cartapesta"), a malleable mixture of paper and glue. Once dried, the resulting material can beï¿½painted and adorned. The development of the "cartapesta" art in Lecce started during the 17th century thanks to the intense trade between Venice's Republic and merchants from Salento. During the event, Ms. Stefania Guarascio, a papier-mï¿½chï¿½ local artisan, explained the history of this particular art and held a practical workshop where all the participants learned the basic technique of papier-mï¿½chï¿½ and created their own objects. The partners of the project assisted to: a live show on how to dress a statue with papier-mï¿½chï¿½, live catwalk with the dresses made from papier-mï¿½chï¿½ and visited the historic centre of Lecce, with particular attention to handicraft shops. On Friday 17th the project partners had the opportunity to visit the Miggiano EXPO 2014 Fair, where they met local artisans.
During the Coordinators Meeting, the representatives of all participating organizations came to a conclusion that more emphasis on entrepreneurship and the creation of business plan is required. They also discussed on next meetings that will be taking place in Turkey and in Spain.
Name of Project : Rural DEAR Agenda - EYD 2015
Acronym: Rural Dear Agenda – European Year of Development 2015
Name of Programme: EuropeAid
Key action: Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting
development education in the European Union
Action: International partnership
Reference number: EuropeAid/134863/C/ACT/MULTI
Duration: 36 months
Start Date: 01/01/2015
End Date: 31/12/2017
Role of FOPSIM: Partner
Project aims to develop, test and promote a participatory model of DEAR (Development education and awareness raising) for rural municipalities, with inclusive, innovative and effective strategies and action lines to be launched for EYD 2015. The Agenda will operate in two levels: Local Authorities in rural areas and the population of those municipalities.
- Contribute to a social attitude change towards sustainable development (including issues relating responsible and ethical consumption, ethical public procurement and fair trade) and support for the Strategy beyond 2015 in European rural areas;
- Promote the improvement of quality and effectiveness of DEAR actions and the increase of their scope and impact among rural municipalities
- Diagnosis of DEAR in its area;
- Raising up working groups;
- Collaborate in the web 2.0;
- Collaborate in the Draft Written Agenda document, based on the conclusions and a set of lines of action proposed by the groups;
- Systematisation of methods and process in its area;
- Technical and economical support to perform innovative and participative activities.
- ED Regional/Provincial Plan is drawn up in each partner regions and systematized in a model Agenda to be reproduced in any other rural area in Europe;
- DEAR network is created for exchanging methods and tools among European DE agents;
- Innovative activities and ideas are promoted.
- Diputación Provincial de Valladolid – Spain. Website: http://www.diputaciondevalladolid.es;
- Universidad de Valladolid – Spain. Website: http://www.uva.es/;
- UrzÄ…d Miasta Zgierz – Poland. Website: http://www.miasto.zgierz.pl/;
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vratsa – Bulgaria. Website: http://www.cci-vratsa.org/;
- Regione Molise – Italy. Website: http://www.regione.molise.it;
- Universidad of Thessaly – Greece. Website: ee.uth.gr;
- Idalion Municipality – Cyprus. Website: http://www.dali.org.cy/.
Name of Project : Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning
Acronym: Integration through Learning
Name of Programme: Erasmus+
Key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Strategic Partnership
Duration: 24 months
Start Date: 01/09/2014
End Date: 31/08/2016
Role of FOPSIM: Partner
The main aim of the project is the social and labor inclusion of people with disabilities. According to the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 the inclusion of 80 million people with disabilities (constituting 16% of its population) is of utmost importance, since the EU-wide employment rate of disabled people is approximately 20 percentage points lower than the rate of the non-disabled. In order to promote labor inclusion, the project aims to remove the main attitudinal, policy and physical barriers (negative attitude of employers and service providers and policies designed and deliberated without involvement of disabled people).
Promote successful integration of disabled people in the labor market through these special measures:
- Share expertise in the area of social and labor inclusion of people with disabilities;
- Disseminate best practice information to responsible bodies in the field of disabilities;
- Create a project website dedicated to promote the project to the targeted audiences: disabled people, their organizations, educational establishment, professionals, decision-makers in the field of education and trainings;
- Develop a module on disability ethics to be introduced into the program of teacher training educational establishments;
- Produce recommendations for NGOs on organizing campaigns, open-doors days, round tables and trainings to increase the awareness of mainstream employment companies
- Disseminate the project findings to disabled people, their organizations, educational establishment and professionals.
- Develop the overall project evaluation (questionnaires for the project meetings and other outputs to be answered by each partner at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the project implementation)
- Prepare an evaluation report
- Coordinate the development of a first draft of recommendations in English;
- Contributes in the development of the ethics module
- Contributes in the dissemination activities;
Impact on people with disabilities: access to a quality training programme, appropriate to their disabilities; possibility to increase the chance of employment and social integration and, generally, to improve their quality of life;
Impact on mainstream and sheltered labor market enterprises: more information and awareness about the problematic in order to adapt the working plans to the involvement of employees with disabilities;
Impact on public bodies: more information and awareness about the problematic of the collective in order to use it while preparing strategical plans of development;
Impact on partner organizations: more information about the legislation concerning social and labor integration of people with disabilities in the advanced countries; better coordination between organizations with different objectives, structures and functioning.
- Federacion Mestral Cocemfe Tarragona – ES
- Istituto dei sordi di Torino – IT
- SYLLOGOS GONEON & KIDEMONON EID.DIM. SHOLEION A.M.E.A. “ELPIDA” , Association of Parents and Guardians of People with Disabilities “HOPE” - GR
- WyÅ¼sza SzkoÅ‚a Biznesu I Nauk o Zdrowiu – PL
- APEIRONS invalidu un viÅ†u draugu apvieniba– LV
“Integration of People with Disabilities through Learning”
An Erasmus+ funded project to promote barrier-free accessibility and inclusion in the labour market
Contact Name Maria Limongelli, Project Officer
Phone Number (00356) 21 418 756
Fopsim, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social inclusion in Malta, is part of a consortium implementing a project of the utmost importance, “Integration of People with Disabilities through learning” (Integration through Learning). The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project will be held in November, 13-16 2014 in Reus, Spain. The project aims to address the challenges of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and of the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities. People with disabilities are excluded from the labour market and are at risk of poverty and suffer from social exclusion. Many are the barriers: environmental, professional and ethical, that obstruct their role as full and active citizens. Integration through Learning is going to tackle such obstacles in order to promote awareness on the subject, encourage inclusiveness of this marginalised group and raise employability through professional and vocational education of disabled people.
The consortium will be providing, thanks to the diversification and experience of its actors, a holistic approach to such an urgent matter. 80 millions are the European citizens following under such a category and their active participation in the labour market would contribute to a high extent to the employment needs of the Union[i]. The productive role of people with physical or mental impairments is underestimated both by decision-makers and employers. Disabled people have few opportunities to raise their professional competences. Additionally, environmental barriers and societal attitudes towards their situation lower their inclusiveness.
The different disadvantages are going to be specifically addressed by the organisations involved in this project. The Federation Mestral Cocemfe Tarragona (Spain), project coordinator, will be responsible for research and development of disability ethic module. Joint staff training and coordination of pilot projects at educational centres will be supervised by one of the Universities involved in the consortium, namely Adiyaman University (Turkey), which has a disability unit that plans and implements services for the needs of people with disabilities. Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu I Naku o Zdrowiu(Poland), a higher education institution that offers high quality curriculum providing practical and theoretical skills training to disabled people, will be ensuring quality standard to the education processes of the project. The measures that will improve competences and promote inclusiveness will be specifically addressing various types of impairment. The Turin Institute of Deaf brings to the consortium the expertise to involve and train people with hearing related disabilities, the Greek partners, Sillogos Goneon & Kidemonon Sholeion “ELPIDA” will apply the training and develop programme for mental and intellectual disabilities, while Apeirons organise activities and training for visual impairments.
The Maltese Foundation, FOPSIM, highly experienced in International projects promoting inclusiveness, involving NGOs and associations to raise employability through vocational education and policy-makers engagement, is going to be responsible for the elaboration of the recommendations to external institutions to be involved and provide overall project evaluation. FOPSIM developed extensive experience first-hand, the understanding of the problematic conditions of marginalised groups. It will contribute to the educational establishments but its main added value is going to be its practical expertise in ensuring adherence to plan and agreed targets.
NEW MEDIA LITERACY FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS – SEMINAR
ST. JAMES CAVALIER, VALLETTA, 26TH June 2014
Wednesday 26th June 2014, The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (FOPSIM), organized a seminar through the EU funded project “NEW MEDIA LITERACY FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS” which was held at St James Cavalier in Valletta at 2.00pm.
Attendees included representatives from the Institute of Maltese Journalists, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, the local Media and also from the University of Malta. The seminar was initiated with a presentation of the overall achievements of the project addressed by FOPSIM. Following this brief introduction, two journalists, Joyce Ann Grech and Rosemarie Dorekens took the floor.
Ms. J.A. Grech discussed “Media, Citizens and new journalism” identifying the importance of social media in Malta and its influence on the journalism sector, through feedback received from Maltese citizens. Ms. Grech illustrated the different aspects between New Media and the traditional ways of communication, highlighting the advantage to share news and information quickly although facing risks of fake identities. Due to this reason it is important that journalists using new forms of media are aware of security techniques to safeguard their own copyrights.
Subsequently, Ms. R. Dorekens spoke about: “Web 3:0 Media, Skills, democratic Citizenship and Digital Education”, pointing out how the social media increased the number of audience and further developed interactions between the author and the citizens. New channels of communication today can share information and news through a simple approach and build a network of followers using informal language for everyone to understand. Moreover, Ms Dorekens explained the contrast between the “Freedom of Expression” by new Media and “Data Protection”. Finally, Ms. Dorekens emphasized how social Media is also used as a communication medium for protests.
Throughout this seminar, journalists sought to increase the understanding of the role of social media today.
(European Medieval Sports & Street Games Network)
The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion Malta (FOPSIM) is participating in a European Partnership Programme on sport, funded under the LifeLong Learning Programme, called Ga.M.E.S.Net. Throughout this project, FOPSIM will be acting as a source to protect and promote Maltese traditional sports and games.
The main aims of this project are: to develop and safeguard traditional sports and games into an international context and to develop on the European territory the knowledge and practice of sports and traditional game as a symbol of identity and cultural heritage of a territory.
The kickoff meeting of this project was held in Perugia, Italy between the 6th and 8th June, 2014. During this meeting the partners presented themselves and their role within the Ga.M.E.S. Net project and subsequently, each partner introduced a few traditional games held in their countries. FOPSIM described the Maltese traditional games: ‘Il- Passju’, ‘Bocci’ and ‘Cippitatu’ amongst others, from which one will be chosen and promoted during the lifetime of the project and beyond. FOPSIM, together with the other partners will encourage local entities to submit their idea on what can be done not to lose the game. The best Idea will then be chosen and the winning team will have the opportunity to demonstrate the game during the ‘European GAMES Day’ which will take place in Narni, Italy.
The people interested will be able to apply directly online and for further information please contact us on email@example.com or 0035620106426.
THIRD TRAINING SEMINAR - NEW MEDIA LITERACY FOR JOURNALISTS, BRATISLAVA, 29-30 MAY 2014
Media and journalism play a significant role in strengthening communication and in disseminating information. Media are considered as a "mirror" of modern society which is, in fact, influenced by these channels in so many ways. They help people to get information about almost any aspects of life and social interactions, therefore affecting opinions and approaches to various issues. They mainly keep people updated and informed about what is happening around them and the world.
“New Media Literacy for Journalists” was the theme of a two-day International Seminar organised by the Slovak team of the Association of European Journalists in Bratislava on May 29-30, 2014 to mark this year’s Press Freedom Day. Seminar was held at the OSF conference hall on Bastova Street near the Michalska Tower.
The debate, leaded by the Slovak School of Communication and Media, focused on the changing scenario of media freedom and was part of the New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project of the Leonardo da Vinci Life Long Learning Programme. The latter has a dedicated panel on International Law and Media focusing on controversial recent judgments of the European Court which is discussing if these might herald an end to the age of free Internet use.
During this meeting were investigated different issues: on the 29th of May were presented topics on ‘Online tools for journalists’ such as Social Media for Journalists, New Media Ethics, Broadcasting You-Tube videos- Challenges and opportunities, Twitter for journalists, Immersive Journalism and Video Kit Presentation. On second part of day the speakers were trying to answer on questions after the presentation of themes such as “International Law and Online Media” “Terrorism: How to report?”, “The end of Freedom on the Internet?” and “Libel and Defamation Online: Any Escape from Responsibility?”
On the 30th of May, the interesting main topic was ‘Investigative Journalism in the Internet Era’ which generated a wide discussion on different areas and questions from the audience, such as Blogs and Investigative Journalists, Curator Journalism, Online Corporate Investigation: Aspects and Application. Moreover, the debate centred on how journalists in the UK, Sweden, and Finland reported the Wikileaks case and what was the impact on journalists.
Representatives from different countries attended, namely from Bulgaria, Slovakia, Finland, Romania, UK and Malta. Paragon Europe, the Maltese organization collaborating in the project addressing this highly current and urgent topic, intervened, through the expertise and voice of two Maltese journalists, on “Terrorism and Wikileaks and Snowden: How to deal with Classified Sources?”
The Bratislava Seminar also presented results, products and opportunities to be deliver by New Media Literacy for Journalists project for national businesses with a particular attention for journalism and media development.
Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts
FOPSIM has participated in a workshop held in Vilnius, Lithuania between the 7th and 10th of March, through the Life Long Learning project: ‘Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts. For this event FOPSIM invited Ms. Stephanie Borg, a local artist who has recently started her own business in the sector. During this workshop the partners of the project met Lithuanian entrepreneurs who were participating in an annual artisan market held during this period in Vilnius. This market has been taking place for the past 411 years and it attracts entrepreneurs from all over Lithuania and from the surrounding countries. Furthermore, the participants of the Workshop had hands on experiences in making traditional Lithuanian crafts.
During the workshop, the website was presented and discussions took place regarding the Workshop that FOPSIM will hold in Malta and the next meeting that will be taking place in October 2014, in Italy.
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Second Training Seminar - ”Web 3.0: Media Skills, Democratic Citizenship and Digital Education”
Social media are changing the role of traditional ones and the role of journalists and other media professionals is being altered due to the revolutionised ways and channels to report, upload and follow news and story. Before the social media worldwide spreading any piece of information has a longer and fix term and process to go through and only professional were in the position to inform people. Nowadays not only our way to cope with others and the society has changed but also information media have been affecting by this fast and easy way to communicate; at the same time something is happening all over the world and anyone can unfold the event throughout social medias which are the actual current mass media.
Fopsim, an organization specifically aimed at achieving concrete progress for marginalised groups or sections within Maltese society, as partner of the project New Literacy for Media Professionals, attended the second Training Session that was held in Sofia, Bulgaria last 27th and 28th of March. The topic of the seminar was on the develop of Web 3.0: Media Skills, Democratic Citizenship and Digital Education. The project’s objectives also focus on improving and modernizing the media and communication education together with the dissemination of progress and implementation of the activities of it.
Journalists, video specialists, media researchers and professors together with freelance reporters were invited to the Seminar presented their respective topics and discussed and analysed them in order to share their experience in the field of social media and how to maximise the right use of them in the field of journalism. It was useful to observe the impact of online new media services on professionals, consider the current status of the Information and Communication Technology and emphasize the revolution of new media, the current challenges of media professionals and the consequent different role they have to cope with.
The fact that people can utilize several media tools such as Facebook and Twitter or new online platforms that share last minute news and gain information as well as read news keep them away from traditional channels but a strikingly different, more demanding, stimulating and ethical role and challenge for professionals has been outlined in the last meeting mentioned. The fast and easy online media are great channels to deliver diverse perspectives and represent a democratic revolution in information but they are too often affected by low education and rumours reflecting in lack of validity of sources, authenticity of information and media ethics. These features strengthen the role, the professionalism and the ethic of journalists.
Two Maltese journalists participated as trainer to the Sofia Training Seminar and each of them brought their skills and their experience in the field of social media journalism.
Current information and new communication media need Media Literacy because, as agreed at the Sofia session, journalism now is “a matter of using the right service for the right thing”, and in a proper ethical and educated way.
European Medieval Sports and Street Games Network (Ga.M.E.S.Net)
FOPSIM (Malta) will be participating in a new EU funded project called European Medieval Sports & Street Games Network which aims at promoting traditional sports and Games. This project intends to focus on the historical and cultural common origin of these traditional sports and games in Europe as they are considered to represent a fundamental part of the intangible territorial heritage. One of the main activities that will be held through this project is called ‘European GAMES Days’ in Narni, a medieval center of Umbria which has a strong tradition of sports and games. Furthermore, through ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ a website will be developed to involve as many participants as possible and to ensure the sustainability of the project.
FOPSIM will be promoting three traditional Maltese games within this project, including: ‘Passju’, ‘Bocci’ and ‘Cippitatu’. Through these activities ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ creates a direct connection between past and future, between tradition and innovation, allowing Europeans to find new opportunities to enhance these traditional sports and games. ‘Ga.M.E.S.Net’ will be launched in May 2014 with the Kick off meeting in Perugia, Italy.
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Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts
FOPSIM (Malta) is participating in a new EU funded project called Educating Entrepreneurs in Traditional Crafts and Arts, which initiated in October 2013. This project will take place over a period of 24 months and it mainly aims at increasing the adults' motivation in learning and acquiring new skills together with increasing the activity and involvement of adults in starting their own businesses. This shall be achieved by establishing partnerships between organizations and adults, strengthening activities of adults in several aspects of life and by promoting intercultural dialogue and entrepreneurship. The adults acquiring new skills will be then encouraged to share them with others.
Within this project FOPSIM shall organise a workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship, through which a business idea will be developed by the partnership and adapted to the local market. Two meetings and three workshops will take place throughout the project.
New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project: Training Session, Waterfront Hotel, Gzira 19th November 2013
A new Training Session called ‘New Media Literacy for Media Professionals’ was held at the Waterfront Hotel in Gzira on 19th of November 2013 and organized by Fopsim, Foundation for The Promotional of Social Inclusion in Malta. Fopsim’s mission is to promote employment, social solidarity and youth issues to achieve advancement in the transition towards a more equitable society.
The project aims to explore and promote challenges of the Information and Communication Technology and new media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flicker, Google +, as sources of information for media and communication professional and also to improve quality of media and communication in Malta and in the European public sphere.
The two training sessions started at 9:00, were moderate by Joyce Grech, a local Maltese journalist.
The first one was for media and communication students, while the second one was properly designed for media professionals.
All the participants discussed together about the use of social media in Malta, Facebook and Twitter mostly, share fast and quickly news on the new tools, on the civic journalism and ethics in the on-line media.
Furthermore all the attendants talked about social media audience in Malta: age, gender, level of education, level of interest, habits, time of the day, consumptions of more than one type of media. According to the journalist Facebook in Malta is more used by people between 25 – 35 years old, the second large group is the one between 18 – 24 of which 51% of those are male the other 49 are female.
Even according to the information that Joyce Grech collected, Maltese people use Facebook more than Twitter and other social tools.
After many interventions of different participants Mrs Rose Marie Dorekens discussed her final master’s thesis on the role of Twitter in media and communication professionals showing that Twitter in Malta is a new social tool less used than the other ones. This new communication tool is perceived from the Maltese society as an individual and personal means of communication rather than a great opportunity to share immediately the information and see it as an useful tool to know news in a faster way.
The Training Session was a huge and great opportunity for all the Maltese professionals to share their experience and analyze the current status of the art regarding the Information and Communication Technology in the Media Professional.
New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project: Seminar in Romania 5-7 September 2013
The first seminar for the New Media Literacy for Media Professionals Project was held in Timisoara, Romania from the 5th to the 7th of September 2013. This event brought together media professionals such as journalists, video specialists, media researchers, media professors, and freelance reporters from the partner countries (Slovakia, Romania, Malta and Bulgaria) to discuss and analyze the impact of online new media services on media professionals.
The seminar was organized as part of the fulfillments of the project to conduct mobilities. The aims were to illustrate different social media, study case scenarios and exchange experiences and best practices in dealing with new media services. The participants had the opportunity to consider a range of topics, namely online tools, online media ethics, regulation of media services and investigative journalism on the internet. Indeed, these were the cause of much debate during which the participants could engage in a SWOT analysis of social media in different countries.
The fruitful discussions throughout the seminar emphasized that social media is dwarfing the role of traditional media. This implies that the work of a media professional, particularly a journalist, is being altered. Indeed, social media has revolutionized the reporting of news since it permits anyone to upload and follow a story at almost the same time the event is unfolding. The fact that people can utilize several media tools such as Facebook or Twitter to read news can possibly undermine the role of journalists since people do away with conventional methods of news such as a newspaper. Nonetheless, online media services are the subject of concerns on the validity of sources, authenticity of information and media ethics which is where the role of journalists might be strengthened. The participants agreed that the way forward for journalists and media professionals is to verify the reliability of sources, concentrate on actual facts, analyze different versions and educate the public to carry out a critical thinking process before approving news. The conclusion was that this is the challenge which social media offers which explains why we need media literacy; it is a matter of using the right service for the right things.
At the end of the seminar, the participants were given a certificate of attendance. The next seminar will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in March 2014 and this will build on the achievements of the seminar in Timisoara.
Name of Project: New Media Literacy for Media Professionals
Name of Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme
Action/Measure: Leonardo Da Vinci Partnerships
Duration: 24 months
Start Date: October 2012
End Date: May 2014
Role of FOPSIM: Partner