Project Safe Zone
Radicalization and violent extremism, tied to religious, political and social factors, represents an increasingly complex issue in Italia and the EU that requires the acquisition of new knowledge and competencies.
SAFE ZONE (@SafeZoneEU) responds to the educational challenges posed by radicalization with the objective of influencing the processes that can lead young people to approach violent extremist groups. In line with this objective, the project focuses on the educational relationship established within sports between coaches/educators and the youth who participate in sports.
The field of sports finds itself in a strategic position in the fight against radicalization and youth violence: sport represents one of the primary areas for informal socialization for a vast number of youth throughout Europe and hence an ideal context for defining adequate prevention strategies centered on the promotion of a culture based on respect for adversaries, fair play, living together, and peace.
Sports also represents an incredible “observatory” through which to identify youth that are at-risk or have tendencies that point towards radicalization via the monitoring of violent behaviour (physical and verbal). Nevertheless, as underscored by the data and relevant literature, little has been done within sports not only in regards to raising the awareness of youth, but also in regards to reinforcing the educational capacity of coaches.
SAFE ZONE takes steps to fill this gap by: mapping the risks of radicalization and extremist violence, developing a methodology and defining teaching tools that support prevention in order to increase the awareness and skills of coaches and educators within sports. In so doing, the project recognizes the formal and informal pedagogical role they play in the youths’ lives, especially in relation to behaviours that support the use of violence amongst peers.
Work also needs to be done to build awareness in regards to the risks and benefits of educational methods within sports in order to assure that these methods to not serve as “radicalization agents”.
SAFE ZONE, which is financed by the European Commission, lasts for 24 months and is coordinated by the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social in Research in cooperation with six other European partners (Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands, Alma Mater Europaea-Evropski Center, Akademija mešanih borilnih veščin MMA Klub, Centro Sportivo Italiano, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Instituto Portugues do Desporto e Juventude). The project will promote cooperation between the various actors involved in the education of youth under the age of 18 via meetings with key actors and sport club managers as well as workshops with coaches and educators within sports. The aim of these actions is to develop a common prevention strategy in the fight against youth radicalization and violent extremism.
In the end, SAFE ZONE will reinforce the competencies of national and local policymakers in policy areas involving youth, social issues and security about violent extremist radicalization via national awareness raising meetings and transnational exchange meetings involving the various countries involved in the project that support the development of prevention methodologies and instruments useful in the identification of risk factors and. Furthermore, the project will develop a handbook for coaches and educators within sports focusing on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism as well as EU policy recommendations.
www.safezoneproject.eu is the official website of the project on which you can find all the information, activities and related news. It is possible to follow all the project activities also on Twitter @SafeZoneEU
Project Young EU Voices, all-European screening programs for early detection of cancer
The AMEU ECM students and professor successfully completed the project Young EU Voices in cooperation with AS television from Murska Sobota. They recorded a set of three shows about all-European screening programs for early detection and prevention of cancer. In March and April, the students of the study programs of social gerontology and physiotherapy talked with experts from the field of the screening programs and politics in Slovenia and the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Twenty-minute shows are broadcast on local Slovenian televisions, during preparations for the European elections in May. The main aims of the shows are to raise people's awareness about cancer and its prevention, as well about the work and importance of European institutions.
You can also watch the shows on YouTube:
- Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HfDnAN8EF8
- Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X87iQVY1n5o
- Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrwEnor9p5U
SAFEMEDIC - Personal Safety of Medical Personnel in Difficult Professional Situations (2018-2020)
The International Labour Organization ranked medical professions as the second most vulnerable to violence in the workplace. This view is supported by the consortium’s pre-project research which saw a questionnaire disseminated to key stakeholders and received over 1000 responses. Results showed that only 5.9% respondents with previous patient contact said that they had never been verbally assaulted by patients and 62.5% were victims of physical assault by patients at least once.
The chief goal of the project is to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations. To achieve this the project consortium will design and develop a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses. The didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs will also be accessible to the rest of the health workforce such as physicians and physiotherapists.
The project will develop an educational course which will result in an increase in the conflict management skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals. The course will create a uniform, comprehensive and complete programme applicable to all partner countries of the consortium, while also being adaptable enough for use in the rest of Europe and beyond. The majority of educational materials will be available online, free of charge, in the form of multimedia interactive materials realised in a Moodle format.
The SAFEMEDIC project runs from November 2018 to October 2020.
- Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach, Poland
- International Network for Health Workforce Education, Spain
- Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland
- Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka, Czech Republic
- Alma Mater Europaea-Evropski Center Maribor, Slovenia
- Kauno Kolegija/ University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
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The cross-border innovation network for value analysis supporting value analysis is an innovative tool for the increased success of Slovenian and Austrian companies.
The main objective of this project is the construction and establishment of a cross-border network connecting research institutions, supporting organizations and small and mid-size businesses in order to promote cooperation in sustainability through constant progress in value analysis method, staff development, and competence enhancement, thereby putting theoretical findings into practice and contributing to a higher competitiveness strength and regional sustainable development in accordance with the program.
INSPIRES (Innovative Social Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe) is a long-term project co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Program. The main goal of the INSPIRES project is to contribute to the resilience and inclusiveness of labor markets in European countries. The benefits of INSPIRES are manifold due to the fact that combating unemployment and promoting inclusion have always been an important policy goal for the European Union. For this purpose, the project will deliver evidence on the emergence and impact of innovations in labor markets, employment, and social policies by analyzing large-scale data sets like the European Labour Force Survey, EU-SILC, LIS, global data provided by ILO and OECD, and new qualitative and quantitative data.
QUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The Alma Mater Europaea - ECM programs in Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions and Higher Education Management, International Assessment, and Program Analysis are financed in part by the European Union (European Social Fund) and by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia. The objective of the project is the establishment of a system which will adhere to domestic and European quality development guidelines and which will include all internal and external factors for the establishment of a complete quality system throughout the self-evaluation process.
PROMOTION OF SLOVENIAN SCIENCE ABROAD
Alma Mater Europaea actively promotes Slovenian science and research activities abroad by co-organizing the Društvo i tehnologija (Society and Technology) scientific conference in Croatia with the Croatian Society of Communicology. The international scientific conference presents interdisciplinary scientific research in the fields of society, education, science and technology. The rapid development of society, science, education, technology, culture, arts, media, communication and new ICT technologies contributes to changes at all levels of communication (global, regional, national, local, glocal) which result in social changes in all spheres of society, science, education, and technology development.