Name of the project: “Academy of Digital Leaders”
Date of Project: 27.05.2020 – 05.06.2020.
Applicant organization: Applicant: Fundacja imienia Braci Sołuńskich – Cyryla i Metodego
Hosting organization: Applicant: Fundacja imienia Braci Sołuńskich – Cyryla i Metodego
Sending organization: “BRAVO”
Place: Zboiska, Poland
Participants age: 18 – 30
The number of participants: 46 in total! – 10 from BiH, Croatia, Poland and Serbia, 6 from Kosovo*
Working language: English
Deadline for applying: 20.03.2020
This project is financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus Program.
It has been noticed that the number of young people struggling with Digital Dementia is increasing. A large proportion of young people are unable to use new technologies for a useful purpose. Many of them are not able to use the smartphone for purposes other than social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram. Apart from the basic functions, they cannot use it for any other purpose, e.g. use the phone to time management, increase their concentration and productivity.
Through an individual and group approach to young people and the results of research, it can be concluded that young people are increasingly turning to the phone “turning off thinking” exposing themselves to the risk of external factors, and this creates memory problems for young people.
Korean scientists indicate that this problem is largely related to technological progress (http://bit.ly/2miAVWc). In the era of rapidly developing technology, children spend more and more time communicating through digital devices, thanks to which their right hemisphere develops slowly.
Prof. Manfred Spitzer in his research states that young people’s digital dementia is becoming more common. According to the report, the number of children aged 10-19 using a smartphone a minimum of 7 hours a day increased by 18%. Without intervention and raising awareness of young society, a young person may fail in the future. With age, their problems will increase, the lack of knowledge about the dangers of new technologies and at the same time the lack of knowledge about the development opportunities that a properly used smartphone can give will hinder their development and self-esteem. Realizing how extensive the problem is, analyzing its causes and effects, we decided to organize an exchange of young people who want to expand their knowledge about the healthy use of digital devices – in a way that will not harm, but improve their productivity, increase creativity and efficiency.
By participating, we want to help young people find their way into adult life, which they enter, and make them aware of the dangers of digital dementia. Participants will develop knowledge about new technologies, their possibilities and learn to use them to increase the effects of their daily work. Everyone will also develop self-confidence, motivation and leadership skills to share knowledge with others. They will talk about the root causes of digital dementia problems in their countries – about commonalities and differences. Young people are often unable to achieve their goals, lack confidence and believe in their skills. We will work on their self-presentation, attitude and ability to share knowledge. Living in a world of digitization, we need leaders who will show us how to properly navigate this world.
The youth exchange program will be based on non-formal and innovative education methods, its goals and assumptions will be based on the latest scientific research in the field of psychology.
The aim is supported by the following objectives:
- training participants to use their smartphone effectively
- training participants in basic interpersonal skills
- training participants to increase their concentration in the age of digital noise
- training participants in the field of minimalism in the digital world
- training participants in increasing their productivity through the use of new technologies
- increasing the creativity, self-confidence and motivation of participants
- educating participants about digital dementia.
- youth activist, youth worker, volunteer, member of NGO
- basic knowledge of the concept of digital dementia
- readiness to continue further work in international youth projects
- basic knowledge of English (written, spoken)
- young people aged from 23 to 29 years.
Project participants will be accommodated in 2-3-person rooms equipped with a full bathroom and high-quality Wi-Fi.
Address: Zboiska 33, 38-505 Bukowsko (16 kilometres from Sanok)
HOW TO APPLY?
Complete the BRAVO- APPLICATION FORM in English title as following ”name of the project you are applying for” until 23:59 on deadline day.
Deadline for applying: 20.03.2020.
Selection results: 23.03.2020.
More information can be found here.