ITALY-BRAZIL: Educating New Global Citizens

This one-year-project will set up an educational social network. In the pilot phase, such network will connect 10 classes of secondary schools from Sao Paulo, in Brazil, with 10 Italian classes of schools from Tuscany (6 classes), Sicily and Sardinia. The 500 involved students and their teachers will create a learning community which, through this multilingual platform, will develop an educational and exchange project on the issues of active citizenship, the protection of environmental resources and the access to new technologies.


Through the use of innovative learning methodologies, such as peer education and cooperative learning, the project will contribute to train young global citizens who will be more aware of the interdependence of some issues daily related to our life, such as technological justice and the environment, and it will favour a common reflection to come to proposals aimed at improving social and technological justice.


At the beginning of the exchange, a full day of training for the teachers taking part in the project will take place both in Italy and in Brazil. The training will be virtual and innovative; it is aimed at ensuring the uniformity of the project and will present to the teachers of different subjects the IT tools, the guidelines to carry out the project with their students, the online materials to study more in-depth the different issues, and the methodological tools.


At the end of the school year the classes will have identified some problems which they consider important to solve in order to contribute to the fight against poverty and to protect the rights in the North and in the South of the world. Starting from the critical analysis of the problems, the students will come to proposals and materials. These proposals and materials will be presented and debated during a meeting which will take place in both countries with local institutions, political decision makers and other important stakeholders. Some of these actors will be identified by the students themselves through an analysis of the decision-making centres, in order to strengthen even more their co-responsibility in the project.