When the WYRED project was launched back in fall 2016 many open questions raised in the air. Several partners from academia, national education systems, NGOs and youth organisations planning the steps leading a research project where children and young people are not only the objects of the research, but also researchers themselves about their relationship with online tools and their perceptions of youth participation in society.
The idea of the project is to cross children and young people perspectives concerning digital society with adult stakeholders’ perspectives of young people in digital society.
Obviously, we have got very different views of the same reality.
In Italy, stakeholders identify as most neglected issues related to young people by the government and the national media quality education and job opportunities, whereas for young people the most relevant issues are intercultural understanding in terms of inclusion, positive discrimination, internet safety and gender discrimination. According to youth perspectives education and employment should be the key elements to dignify their lives and overcome the above mentioned challenges for the present and the future young generations.
The student from Rome University La Sapienza wrote: “Today young people’s opinion is widely excluded from the political discourse and in decision making processes”.
We are working on that, TOGETHER, in WYRED!