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Author: Chara Pilidou

Improving Digital Skills In Rural Areas Of Europe


Research has shown that adults in Rural Areas tend not to be fully incorporated into the Digital Revolution compared to their more Urban counterparts. This digital gap compounds their spatial distanceto the, the majority of the population and opportunities which is focused in urban areas, leads to lower average income.

Embracing the vast opportunities provided by the internet superhighway is paramount to engaging in digital upskilling. Using a gamified format to showcase how the promise of a Digital skillset can help them access new markets while maintaining the many benefits of residing in rural areas.

The game is targeted to adults in rural areas either directly or through Vocational educational trainers and employment counselors in order to spark the imagination of people in rural areas to invest in their digital upskilling.

The Digital Game will be supported by two Guiding Handbooks for both general rural population and Vocational Educational Trainers.

Greening the EntreComp Framework to Reconcile Economic Development and Environmental Security


The Green for Future project has the ambitious task to update the language and rationale of the massively successful, Entrepreneurial Competence Framework (EntreComp), into the the EU wide push for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 with the monumental declaration of the EU Green New Deal.

The project Green for Future aims to update the Competence Areas, by updating the language of each competence to reflect this adaptation of focuw and providing examples of “green shift” to guidenew entrepreneurs into co-opting this new thinking as effectively as possible. All the resources will be easily available in a free Massive Online Course.

This tool is mainly targeted to Vocational Educational Trainers, University staff, Academics, Employment Counselors, New Entrepreneurs, Company management staff and Policy Makers.

This kind of work is important, as the way entrepreneurs learn to talk about business skills, how they develop and judge these skills, in practice, training and academic curriculums, has to exist in lockstep with the wider political and economic trends in order to take advantage of them and reinforce them until they become reality.

ACTIVE: Train the Trainers Events

The ACTIVE team successfully conducted the train the trainers event on the 22nd and 24th of February 2021. CARDET, with the support of Children 1st, conducted the online training to partners, which was scheduled to be held in Cyprus. The main goal of the two days training was to equip the trainers of ACTIVE with the appropriate skills and knowledge in order to implement the training workshops in their countries, targeting sports coaches and professionals.

ACTIVE partners Train The Trainers

13 trainers from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Scotland had the opportunity to discuss the topics of ACTIVE’s capacity building program and to exchange ideas and concerns on how they can provide the trainings to professionals working in sports and leisure clubs in their countries. The Capacity-Building Programme for professionals aspires to develop and implement child safeguarding policies and promoting a safe and child-friendly environment in sports and leisure activities’ organizations.

Within this context, the Capacity-Building Programme is consists of 6 modules, covering the following topics:

  • Putting child safeguarding in sports/ leisure activities in perspective
  • Identifying and countering incidents of violence and harassment in sports/ leisure activities
  • Involvement and enjoyment of children in sports/ leisure activities
  • Preventing and intervening child violence and discrimination incidents in sports/ leisure activities
  • Barriers, challenges and good practices when developing safeguarding policies in Sport & Leisure
  • Developing a Child safeguarding policy for sports/ leisure activities organizations

If you work in the sports field and want to enhance your skills in countering violence against children, then contact us or stay tuned to our website for the upcoming trainings.

Be..ACTIVE against any form of violence!

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Challenge-based Learning in Primary Schools for Climate Change Awareness


“Challenge-based Learning in Primary Schools for Climate Change Awareness”- GRETA – aims to develop a ‘whole-school’ programme for primary schools to empower pupils and educatorsto take on the climate change challenge, assess the impact this change will have on their local and the global environment, and change their habits and behaviours for the sake of the planet.

For this purpose, GRETA will develop innovative learning material following the principles of inquiry-based learning (WebQuests). Through the development of the WebQuest resources, teachers and pupils will be supported to increase their knowledge of climate issues and to identify changes they can make that will have a direct and positive impact on the environment. In order to promote a “whole school” approach, parents will also be educated on climate issues so that they can reduce their household consumption, make behavioural changes and help to reduce global carbon emissions.

SPOTit: Combatting Fake News in Social Media

Our democracies and people’s understanding of reality are being threatened by the spread of disinformation. Additionally, the most popular false information usually attracts much more attention than real information in social media. Fake news spreads widely and quickly across the web, reaching a large audience.

SPOTit aims to help young people make informed decisions about the information they come across on social media by developing their media literacy skills through a range of innovative resources, namely:

  • The SPOTit Training Package
  •  A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Combatting fake news
  • Digital Escape Rooms

The first two aim to support youth workers so that they, in turn, can help young people develop media literacy competences and critical thinking skills. The Digital Escape Rooms will give young people the chance to advance numerous competencies and skills including media literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving, as they will use technology to solve a series of puzzles.

Adults Education against Abuses of Power


The “Adults Education against Abuses of Power” project is about promoting, protecting, and implementing gender equality and nonviolence. The project’s aim is to exchange ways to overcome the abuse and violence towards women by gaining innovative tools and raising awareness about gender abuse. To tackle the issue of gender inequality, the role of women is also examined through the lens of ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or disabilities.

The project is planning learning activities which will include study visits to understand the reality of the adult gender abuse victims, round tables to benchmark the methods of working with adult learners and a course to address adult nonviolence through emotional management tools. Through this project, it is expected that adult trainers will accrue more capacities which will create a positive and direct impact to the gender-abuse collectives they work with. Additionally, the project will deepen the expertise, of the entities, on gender discrimination and violence; hence, improving the designed activities.

Online Self-Assessment Tool on Child protection policy in sports

The ACTIVE team is happy to announce that the new online self-assessment tool is now available for all sports clubs in Europe. The tool addresses to sports clubs and organizations, that work with children, and help them evaluate their child protection policies, ethic guidelines and codes of conduct, as well as their competences in keeping children and young people safe in sport.

This tool helps sports clubs comply with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the practical context of their activities.
It provides guidance on how the clubs/organizations should assess and reflect on their current practices and mechanisms, with a view to improve and/or develop an efficient child safeguarding policy and therefore reap benefits to all parties involved (children and their families as well as sports professionals, managers and other relevant persons).

Specifically, the online self-assessment tool has been developed in the context of the ACTIVE project after extensive research in four EU member states: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and Portugal. Through consultation with 243 sport club professionals, coaches, young athletes and parent/carer s of young athletes.

If you work in sports clubs, follow the link, answer the questions and you will get an evaluation feedback form that will help you enhance the child protection policy at your club.

Children must be protected against any form of “violence” or abuse that may be caused in the sports activities and they have the right to practice sports activities in a safe environment.

We should join our forces to promote a safer sports environment for all children!

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A few words about ACTIVE

ACTIVE – funded by the Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme – aims at establishing safer environments for children by developing an online self-assessment tool, allowing sports and leisure clubs to identify and address gaps in terms of implementation of Child Protection Polices in their premises. The project is being implemented in Greece by KMOP, in Italy by CESIE, in Cyprus by CARDET, in Portugal by CESIS and in Scotland by Children 1st.