PREVENT project came to life
The creative work in the Prevent Bullying and Abuse (PREVENT) project has been started with the kick-off meeting on 2-4 December 2018, in Budapest. During the meeting, the consortium of 7 partner organisations from 6 nations, led by FSZK Non-profit Ltd., got familiar with the project rules and plans, and also tested the “zero” version of the to-be-made simulation game.
Bullying is a very common, serious and growing problem throughout the world and Europe. The main objective of the project is to develop educators’ competencies in their everyday work for preventing young adults of different kind of bullying, from mockery to abuse. A comprehensive tool system will be developed in the project for that which includes:
- a simulation board game mostly for young adults;
- a Guidelines on how to work with young adults’ experiences gained from the simulation game;
- a Forum theatre methodology also working with their experiences gained from the game.
One objective of the game is to sensitize and inform young adults about the different ways of bullying, and gives them all the necessary knowledge and practices to recognize, avoid and/or handle abuse in the best possible way. Another important objective of the project is to promote and support the social inclusion of such vulnerable groups who already have fewer opportunities and so have bigger chance becoming victims of bullying. The simulation game supports to emphasize our common responsibility to avoid bullying situations. The third objective of the project empowering with the necessary knowledge and practices to young adults (including young adults from different types of vulnerable groups) to recognize, avoid and/or handle such situations in the best possible way.
The implementation of the project started on 1 September 2018 and will end on 30 April 2021. The consortium members first met on 2-4 December 2018 in Budapest, and they took their first steps together towards their joint aim: to create a useful tool for young adults to prevent and/or avoid abuse.
As the very first step on this route, FSZK presented the “zero version” of the simulation game to the partners and organised a test for them. Then, they shared their first impressions and feedbacks on the game so the professional discussion has already been started. To be more attuned to the topic of abuse, the participants of the meeting watched a Hungarian film together (Hope you’ll die next time :)). After the film watching, also the director of the film joined to the project team and had an exciting conversation with them not only about the film, but also about the topic of abuse.
All in all, the kick-off meeting has successfully reached its aim as each participants said goodbye at the end of the meeting sharing the same commitment, dedication and motivation on the project, also agreed and got familiar with their tasks and responsibilities. Now the next important step in the project is the organisation and implementation of the first test events. After the kick-off meeting, the consortium made the ‘first test version’ of the simulation game building in also the suggestions of the partners, that they can use during the first test events in Denmark, France, Portugal, Bulgaria and Romania with the inclusion of young adults and experts from their countries.