Intercultural Collabration Bridge to Decipher Internet Addiction

This project aims to initiate a productive dialogue and establish a dynamic network between Turkish (namely, three different cities of Turkey), French, Lithuanian and Romanian students, with the ultimate goal of facilitating experience exchange and empowering youth participation in policy level engagement.

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Project Title

Intercultural Collabration Bridge to Decipher Internet Addiction (INTERBRIDGE)

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Time

Start Date : 2021-01-01

Total Duration: 24 Months

End Date: 2022-12-31

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Project Org. Coordinator

E10083235/ E10083235/ Eskişehir Umut Mucadele ve Uyum Derneği/ Turkey

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Coordinator & Contact

Coordinator: Bayram KÖK

Contact: Muhammed Refik TEKELİ

INTERBRIDGE

This project aims to initiate a productive dialogue and establish a dynamic network between Turkish (namely, three different cities of Turkey), French, Lithuanian and Romanian students, with the ultimate goal of facilitating experience exchange and empowering youth participation in policy level engagement.

Internet addiction, highlighted by disproportional uncontrolled electronic device usage, has recently emerged as a common problem for all age groups. Despite the growing body of academic research in this area, a comprehensive understanding of the underlying problematics and countermeasure approaches are still mainly lacking. Importantly, especially young people with internet addiction problem face increasing difficulties associated with social isolation and lack of discipline, which in the long run can result in socioeconomic disadvantage. In other words, the significant number of the young generation is currently under the risk of internet addiction and are expected to hinder the social environment. Since it has been demonstrated that this issue mainly constitutes a risk for children and youth, alternative bottom-up solutions originating from this age group provide indispensable opportunity. To bridge this research gap, we propose a holistic assessment of current issues and collaborative effort for shifting problematic technology usage towards improved utilization. The participants of this project will pro-actively take part in internet addiction research by determining its possible causes, discussing obtained results, and proposing potential solutions. The participants from different countries and cultural backgrounds will examine the risks of internet addiction in the context of the social environment, interaction networks, and active democratic participation.

Additionally, the project members will also talk about potential definite advantages of high-level computer, effective internet usage, and alternative social activities against internet addiction. Moreover, the students will, on the one hand, present their novel findings to decision-makers and, on the other hand, share their ideas with a broader community, including student peers, as an excellent communication practice. Finally, participant students will acquire crucial skills to solve standing problems using a comprehensive assessment based on the proposed innovative ‘Six Thinking Hat’ education methodology model. In conclusion, this project is expected to contribute to the cumulative struggle against internet addiction by establishing long-term international bridges among growing communities and interactively exploring understudied aspects of this complex issue.

This project will be carried out under 6 main activity groups:

  • Project Preparartion Period
  • - Visibility Planning
    - Planning for Transnational Project Meetings
    - Preparation for Field Study
    - Learning, Teaching and Training Activities Planning (LTTs)

  • Transnational Project Meetings
  • - Planning, following all the stages and periods of the project.

  • Learning, Teaching and Training Activities
  • - LTTs are the main activities of the project, and their agenda specified by TPMs. - Analyzing, interpreting, and commenting on the results of the field study by young people. - Sharing these discussions with decision-makers, professionals, and experts.
    - LTT-1: Youth Dialogue in Paris/ France
    - LTT-2: Youth Dialogue in Mardin/ Turkey
    - LTT-3: Youth Dialogue in Rıetavas/ Lithuania

  • Visibility Activities
  • Dissemination Activities
  • All project partners and participants are responsible to disseminate the project. Project partners have a great amount of social capital and links; realization of protocols; cooperation in a wide range of social subjects. As a result of this background, the partners will cooperate for the realization, sustainability, and dissemination of the project. Each partner will cooperate with different institutions, organizations, ministries, and NGOs

  • Sustainability
  • This project continues cumulatively and all the activities will complement each other. The field study will be applied in cities where each partner settled and including 500 questionnaires and 7 interviews for each partner. With this field study, this sought to compare perceptions and attitudes of university students in different countries with regard to problematic internet use/internet addiction. According to the results of the field study, we will create our sessions in each LTT. All the LTTs will be including the assessments of the survey results, discussions on different subjects about the field study and struggling against addiction, good practice visits, general assessment sessions, and reporting. These discussions will be evaluated together with observations from good practices, and create a policy paper.

Participating Countries

Turkey
France
Lithuanian
Romanian

Project Partners

Eskişehir Hope, Struggle and Harmony Association

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Eskişehir Umut Mücadele ve Uyum Derneği has accomplished:

- 8 field studies,

- trained 4.400 disadvantaged people,

- 42 different type of vocational training,

- 700 immigrants (empowerment),

- 400 students for academic writing and conceptual reading activities,

- 28 social cohesion seminars for 1500 immigrants,

- 1680 students for summer period non-formal education programs,

- 9 capacity building seminars for NGOs.

UMUDER has functional cooperation with Anadolu, Osmangazi, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt, Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Universities; Provincial Directorate of National Education in Eskişehir; Directorate of Migration Management of Eskişehir; ILO; BEBKA. UMUDER had accomplished two big field studies regarding internet addiction.

The first project “not to be Addicted, Cling to the Life” includes 1531 surveys and 43 interviews. The second project “Struggling against Internet Addiction of Youngsters aged between 12-18” includes 1960 surveys and 3 months follow up intervention program.  UMUDER has 2 books and 3 articles which are regarding its project topics.

Fark Grup Education Consultancy Tourism Research Organization and Publishing Trade Limited Company,Turkey

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Established in 2011, Fark Danışmanlık is a solution partner that aims to support the continuous development of institutions and provides strategic consultancy for strategic goals. It is a solution partner equipped with the ability to meet all educational, research, management, project, and organizational demands of the institutions and to undertake consultancy.

Fark Eğitim Danışmanlık offers a quality education service by determining your training needs and realizing training in parallel with this, by measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the training with all kinds of pre and post-tests. In this field, it determines the training and consultancy subjects according to the current needs of each sector.

In this context; It provides training in development agencies, public institutions, municipalities, and provincial directorates. While collecting data through quantitative and qualitative research techniques in Fark Danışmanlık’s studies, it looks at the cause-effect relationships with advanced statistical analysis, and predicts the future; It also works with focus groups to reveal deeper problems.

Ankara Youth Club, Turkey

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Our youth club was founded in Ankara in 2018. We are a group that participates in Erasmus + training and volunteer work. Ankara Youth Club consists of experts from the Ministry of Education inspectors, youth educators (academicians), and university students (law, psychology, theology, language, electrical electronics, and civil engineering departments) and workers between 19-50 age. There are 25 members in this club. Club leader Alptekin Kitaplı. Our club consists of an experienced team previously involved in social responsibility projects and Erasmus+ youth & EVS projects. The club was in partnership with young student groups from many countries.

Group members have participated in different Erasmus projects. As a group, they realized the project named "Loneliness" 2019-1-TR01-KA105-066955. The group members also participated in the project writing and management courses of the Turkish National Agency.

The youth club has carried out a successful Erasmus project. They aimed to reduce the loneliness of young people through social networks. “Erasmus+ Youth Workers” project numbered 2019-1-TR01-KA105-066955 was completed. Within the scope of the project on loneliness, 32 people from 8 countries were led. Loneliness problem of young people concerns disadvantaged groups. Technology addiction also increases the number of disadvantaged young people and affects them negatively.

NGO Veikiam.Lt Lithuania

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NGO „Veikiam.Lt“ is a limited civil liability public body – Association. The operating period is unlimited. The financial year of the association is January. 01d - December. 31 December Mission: To raise public awareness in character development, moral culture, national identity, and openness to the World through non- formal education, based on joint cultural - educational activities, learning by doing. Goals:

  • to enshrine, glamorize and protect natural, ethnic heritage and historical sites;
  • acknowledge Lithuanian and other European countries customs, traditions, culture, and linguistic expressions;
  • encourage association member’s debates on social, cultural and political life issues;
  • participate in local and international project work;
  • to reduce social exclusion, including disadvantaged people in cultural – educational and professional activities.

As our organization is situated in a small Lithuanian town – Rietavas – we have fewer opportunities for cultural life than those who live in the cosmopolitan cities. Therefore it is very important for our society to improve the quality of training and to ensure an opportunity for our local youth to have social and cultural life, to encourage the international collaboration, and move from the national to a wider – European context.

The organization was established in 2012 on 04 19 in a small town Rietavas (7000 inhabitants). The NGO represents the interests of people of average and lower than average income, develops community, helps to realize cultural needs, organizes various cultural, educational events, promotes self-education, and develops social skills of village people and NEETS.

NGO was set up to promote people's employment ability skills in a region ( rural) area where people face a lack of cultural-educational services for the community. Implementing our activities for several years it was observed that larger cities, such as Klaipėda, Telšiai - face similar problems. Therefore, we operate part of our activities in the western Lithuanian region.

Aspirations

NGO „Veikiam.Lt is an organization that focuses on the promotion of mobility opportunities for the personal and professional development of young people, works in the field of nonformal education, adult education, and assists migrants by organizing language classes. Our network of volunteers includes motivated young people with a rather diversified set of experiences. Some of our members have been working in youth associations for many years and have remarkable international experience with the Youth in Action, Erasmus+ program, or other mobility programs. We have already developed several partnerships at local and international levels with other NGO,'s, associations, and local authorities. We are extremely interested in expanding the work of our associations, mostly by organizing more international activities. We are interested in integration into the activities of non-governmental organizations of Lithuania and the worldwide while addressing the topical issues of society: refugees, youth employment ability skills, social exclusion, prevention of violence, reduction of abuse alcohol, drugs, fighting with poverty, and it’s negative consequences. We encourage tolerance, humanity, communication without stereotypes, and the development of cultural awareness

 

Solution: Solidarité & Inclusion, France

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Solution: Solidarity & Inclusion is an NGO based in Paris developing innovative actions to promote social cohesion through non formal education. The objective of the association is to boost social inclusion among younger adults by proposing several kinds of activities allowing to foster mutual acceptance, stimulate human interests by offering cross-cutting activities, design educational programs to open minds and strengthen fair dynamics between generations. Solution focuses on the following areas:

  • Integration of disadvantaged groups on the labor market
  • Entrepreneurship as an opportunity for people with fewer opportunities
  • Integration of migrants in the society
  • Empowerment of disable people
  • Women empowerment
  • Gender equality for everyone
  • Intergenerational dialogue
  • Active citizenship both on European and local levels
  • Promotion of intercultural dialogue through multilingual workshops
  • Ecological awareness

Solution involves local communities in Paris by running activities meeting current challenges that younger adults face nowadays. Solution’s team thinks that a real change in society can only be achieved through constant engagement and contact with the local target groups. For this reason, the association organizes a wide range of activities involving different kinds of target groups.

Paris being a city of big inequalities, like many big cities, youth groups are very different from each other. Some of them lack of opportunities to access to non formal education. Solution tries to give an answer to such issues by proposing educational training both on the local and international fields to all younger people, especially those coming from the outskirts and poor neighborhoods.

Solution also organizes workshops in collaboration with the Maison des Femmes de Paris to prepare migrant women to face difficulties to integrate labor world. These sessions are based on a practical and pedagogical approach, which first provides examples and notions and then offers practical training to the participants. From writing their professional CVs and cover letters to playing with the educators the role of a job seeker in a simulated job interview, the women learn how to prepare their job applications as well as how to behave in a formal and working environment, which sometimes is way far from the behavioral habits of the countries they come from.

On the European level, Solution aims at multiplying the number of exchanges and partnerships with competent organizations expert in the field of youth education to offer youth with fewer opportunities the possibility to participate in international educational workshops in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme where to acquire new skills useful for their social and labor inclusion and where to exchange their ideas with people from other countries.

Solution is a new association but it is already involved in several European projects. One of them, funded by Erasmus+ KA2 programme, is INFLUENCERS, focusing on youth living with disabilities. INFLUENCERS partners aims at using social entrepreneurship as a bridge to inclusion for people on the margins of mainstream society, focusing specifically on youth living with a disability or a long-term health condition. The project consortium believes that the youth with first-hand knowledge of living with a disability or a long-term health condition can become successful social media influencers and a reference for other young people living with the same condition

Ovidius University of Constanta,Romania

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Ovidius University of Constanta (UOC), Romania, is a public higher education institution founded in 1961 and transformed into a comprehensive university in 1990. The Ovidius University of Constanța offers nationally and internationally accredited programs at all three levels of study, the bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degrees offered being recognized in the entire European Union and beyond. With over 16000 students, of which about 1200 are international, it is the largest university in South-East Romania and the largest university of the European Union at the Black Sea. In order to develop the Internationalization of UOC, there is a very recent ongoing project of the Romanian Government, already approved by the Senato of UOC in December 2018, to transform the UOC in the Multicultural International University. UOC has study programs in medical and natural sciences, humanities and engineering, social and economic sciences, law and administrative sciences, theology and arts. Modern lecture halls and laboratories welcome students on several campuses, one of them located at the Northern limit of the city, next to the summer resort of Mamaia. In the city center classes are taught in historical buildings that have undergone extensive reconstruction and modernization of technical infrastructure as well as laboratory facilities, classrooms, and libraries. All graduates of Ovidius University receive a bilingual Diploma Supplement, internationally recognized. It includes a transcript in Romanian and English of all tests taken, a list of courses completed during studies, the number of credits and grades according to the ECTS scale, information about diploma work, graduation exams, and overall evaluation of studies. The university hosts extracurricular activities that help students in acquiring complementary skills and assist them in finding jobs. The center for student counseling also tracks the alumni after graduation and surveys their satisfaction. Turkey has very good relations with the University. TİKA has a major contribution to the university. The University is one of the founding universities of the Balkan University Association.

Ovidius has collaborated with universities in 24 countries on scientific research and in various fields. The Ovidius University of Constanța is an active member of the Erasmus Plus program. The University participated in 9 Erasmus programs. Of these, 5 were coordinator/applicant organizations. Ovidius has very experienced in Erasmus+ projects. Ovidius University enrolls over 1,100 international students: 28% of them come from EU countries and countries from the European Economic Area. Students come from all over the world. Their areas of origin include Europe – about 49 % of students; Middle East – 40 %; the Far East and Africa – 5 %. The most important countries of origin are Israel, Greece, Turkey, and the Republic of Moldova (http://en.univ-ovidius.ro). Recent market research has shown that Ovidius University is the first choice for 80% of Romanian students. Ovidius University aims to make it the first choice of students from the Black Sea Region and the Middle East as well as South-East Asia and North Africa. International young students come to Ovidius from Israel (19%), Greece (13%), and Turkey (12%). In this context, it conducts market research on international students. At the same time, they are working to prepare facilities to make them more comfortable

Mardin Artuklu University

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T.R. Mardin Artuklu University was established on 17 May 2007 in accordance with the law no 5662. It aims to contribute to the social and cultural atmosphere of Mardin city and the environment of it located on the geography with a 4000-year history and including various languages, religions, and cultural wealth. In this way functioning as a bridge between the universities in Turkey and in the Middle East is the main goal of the university. Mardin located on the fertile lands of the Crescent is the city of civilization which flourished with the civil heritage of the Middle East and has an ancient culture including all colors and voices. In Nusaybin the first Christian Assyrian academia was opened by Mor Yakup from Nusaybin, which is known with the titles Ümmü’l- Ulum (Mother of Wisdom) and Medinetu’lMaarif (City of Education). The Mardin Artuklu Campus, located 5 km away from the city center of Mardin, the İstasyon Campus located 7 km away from the city center, the Faculty of Architecture in the center and the Institute of Living Languages in Turkey, provide a total of 9000 students with the opportunities of the city. Furthermore, there are college units of the university in 5 districts of Mardin. Mardin is a peaceful and tolerant city with its mosaic cultural structure which has been home to many civilizations and is one of the most developed cities of Turkey from economic, cultural, and social aspects. For this reason, it attracts attention with its potential to be an ideal student city.

The closeness of all the campuses of the university to the city center and the availability of public transportation to all of these settlements provide great convenience to the students. For the social and cultural activities of the students, there are outdoor sports areas such as football pitch, basketball and volleyball court, and running track, Central Culture Center and open theater stages, a dining hall for 200 people and cafeteria with a capacity of 100 students in Mardin Artuklu University Center Campus Settlement, which is located in Artuklu District of Mardin.

In addition, the social needs of the students will be mostly met with the Semi-Olympic Swimming Pool and Social Facilities whose construction will be completed soon. Additionally, students who want to improve themselves socially and want to maintain their own hobbies have the opportunity to exhibit their abilities and skills through the student clubs in sports, art, and other various branches they have established. The university organizes a lot of activities such as concerts, theater shows, festivals, conferences, and seminars within the scope of spring festivals which are held every year in the university. Students can take part in sports teams established within the university to make use of their leisure time and improve themselves. Students can find the opportunity to practice their hobbies in many different fields in the university which has 38 active student clubs. As an advantage of the fact that Mardin Artuklu University is a young university, the number of new clubs is constantly increasing. In addition, students can live a comfortable student life in the city because of the tolerant character of Mardin and the low cost of living. Mardin Artuklu University and is involved in national and international projects related to its field, which is the social and education field. All around the country and in international projects, University members have been providing training, managing projects, and developing necessary educational/training materials. Mardin Artuklu University has been part of numerous national and international projects, conferences, workshops, and initiatives.