SORAPS: Study of Religions Against Prejudices and Stereotypes

European Union. Erasmus + KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. Strategic Partnerships for school education
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Project leader: 
Prof. Massimo Raveri
01/11/2016 to 30/04/2019

Religious and cultural diversity are today more than ever a critical and political challenge as the recent emergencies related to geopolitical and economical global transformations show. Stereotypes and prejudices about religions and in religions can jeopardize an already fragile social fabric and lead to discrimination, ghettoization and radicalization.

Responses to these challenges can be represented especially by considering the fundamental role of school teachers about religious and cultural difference and diversity in building societies and social cohesion.

Therefore the SORAPS Project aim to create the following Intellectual Outputs, completely open, scalable, and transferable to any other institution or schools, thus ensure sustainability.

  1. Guidelines on contrasting prejudices and stereotypes in religions
  2. Curriculum, teaching materials and guidelines for a online/ in presence blended teacher training course on Religions and Interculturality,specifically aimed to tackle prejudices and stereotypes in religions thanks to the aforementioned guidelines.
  3. Online Training Platform in which the online part of the above mentioned course will take place. This Platform will be able to be used with tutors or stand-alone, for self-teaching of individuals.

These three Intellectual Outputs will be tested by teachers coming from school directly involved in the consortium, in order to ensure smooth mutual cooperation and support between academic/research institutions and schools.

Teachers from these three high schools will undergo 2 Mobilty Training Events and 1 extensive Online Training Phase using the above mentioned Online Training Platform.

Moreover, since the teachers will be formed also to be trainers of other teachers, the partner schools, will implement a Multiplication Training Phase, lead by the till-now trainer teachers, to ensure multiplication of impact.

The aims is to strengthen their professional profile of teachers by achieving the appropriate preparation in topics related to history of religions, contemporary religious pluralism, intercultural issues management and Digital Literacy so that they can have a effective impact on their students, fostering social and intercultural skill, value for respect and democracy.

The consortium brings together expertise in religions and methods of teaching religions, formal and informal training of teachers in intercultural issues and ICT methodology for schools, along, of course, with three schools interested with previous experiences in similar issues.