Teacher training on digital citizenship for Safer Internet Day in Cape Verde

  • Awareness
  • 05/03/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In the framework of a partnership established between Santarem's Polytechnic Institute (Portugal) and Santiago University (Cape Verde) in 2017 and consolidated in 2019, a solid action plan aiming to highlight Safer Internet Day (SID) was implemented in February 2020. 

Throughout the month, several school clusters from Santiago Island took part in sessions implemented by future teachers from the master's degree in Pedagogy at Santiago University. This experiment was implemented as part of the Education Technologies subject, taught by teacher Cristina Novo, the coordinator of the ICT Competence Centre for Higher Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém.

As such, Safer Internet Day activities took place in the Amilcar Cabral and Justina Ferreira High Schools, Assomada, as well as Achada Bolanha and Tarrafal II. They engaged approximately 500 high school students and 30 teachers. Topics such as cyberbullying, social networks' "risks and challenges", copyright, games and technology addiction were addressed during the sessions. These activities attracted a lot of media attention in Cape Verde and were widely publicised, therefore significantly increasing awareness of online safety issues in the country.

The next steps involve training courses for teachers, with the aim of raising awareness among the educational community of the urgent need to promote the topics of digital citizenship and media education. In a similar approach, this action plan will be implemented as a joint venture between the ICT Competence Centre for Higher Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém and Santiago University.

The ICT Competence Centre for Higher Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Education of the Portuguese Ministry of Education, and within the framework of the SeguraNet Awareness Centre, has been striving, over the last 15 years, to disseminate the topic of digital citizenship, by giving special emphasis to the development of digital educational resources on the topic. This work, which is already widely publicised in Portugal, will now reach an international scale through the Santiago Island project. This future action plan will not only target the training of trainers, but also the dissemination and training initiatives in schools, and among teachers, students and families.

For more information about Portuguese Safer Internet Day activities, visit the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre's Safer Internet Day profile page.

Find out more information about the work of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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