Press Release for the Kick-off Event of the project “VR in school education & civic participation”

The Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs- I.R.T.E.A hosted the Kick- Off Event of the European Project “VR in School Education & Civic Participation” which is funded under the Erasmus+ Programme / Strategic Partnerships in the School Education Sector.  The Event took place in Athens on Tuesday 11 November 2019 at the headquarters of I.R.T.E.A  (Favierou 39, 104 38, Athens, Greece) and was attended by representatives of the civil society, interested teachers and young people and by the representatives of the partner organisations of the project as well.

The event included a thorough description of the project by the host organisation as well as its aims and objectives and key information regarding its implementation such as venue, timeline etc. Moreover, during the event, the representatives of the consortium expressed their aspirations towards the project and highlighted its importance for the educational and school community. All members of the consortium committed themselves to a fruitful and ambitious project implementation.

The “VR in School Education & Civic participation” is a 24-months project in which 100 students and 20 teachers from 4 different European countries will be exposed to a new, innovative experience of learning through a Virtual Reality Game.  This Virtual Reality Game concerns the digital Simulation of the procedures of the European Youth Council in which the participating students will get the opportunity to publicly  express their opinions and make proposals on the issues of Safe use of Internet and social media, Bulling at schools and Cyber bullying, Human rights & Multicultural environment in the EU, European Citizenship & Rights, Environmental Behavior, Sustainable Growth in EU and Circular Economy. The project also includes physical workshops and MOOC on-line courses that both students and teachers will be attending in order to familiarize themselves with the innovative and non-traditional learning tools as well as to prepare themselves on the topics that will discuss during the game.

The consortium of the project consists of the 1st Experimental High School of the University of Crete, the University of Piraeus/ Research Center, the BOLT Virtual Services and Productions company, the High School of Aradippou (Cyprus), the Ecole Europeenne D’Ixelles (Belgium) and the Escola Secundaria Domingos Rebelo (Portugal).

For more information, concerning the European Project “VR in School Education & Civic Participation” you can contact I.R.T.E.A at vrinschool.erasmus@gmail.com and +30 2130250217 or visit the project’s website at www.vrinschooleducation.eu