2nd VR not bullies project meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

Last week Liepaja University Art Research lab MPlab together with the partners from Greece, Croatia and Rumania held the 2nd transnational meeting of our project VR not bullies in Zagreb, Croatia. In the two day meeting, we discussed the details of VR tool for countering bullying as well as planned our next steps in the development of the tool. During the next six months, we will record the virtual reality scenarios, elaborate the workshop curriculum and write the training materials for the youth workers before our next meeting in Latvia.

Liepaja University MPLab team: Anna Priedola, head of MPLab, Ieva Vīknse, manager of Intellectual Output 2, Kristaps Biters, head of technical solutions.

Thanks to Centar Sirius for the productive work schedule and nice catering, and thanks to Croatia for the lovely weather!

 

About VR not Bullies:

 

 

Virtual reality (VR) almost places the users inside an experience, instead of simply observing it or talking about it by using traditional films or conversations. Such experiences induce empathy and can be used to obtain new skills and psycho-social abilities. Young people can experiment with ways of stopping a bullying incident and feel empowered through this experience.

 

This project is aimed at improving practices in youth work in the field of countering bullying, violence, segregation and discrimination among youth.

 

Firstly, through the Comprehensive study of best anti-bullying practices we will obtain overview of regional, national and European successful practices including procedures, methodologies and tools in countering bullying with the greatest focus on the use of modern technologies as a tool in youth work. Afterwards, based on the findings of the Study, we will develop an Innovative tool for countering bullying, which will include a VR game, a Workshop Curriculum and Training materials for youth workers, that will enable youth workers’ more structured and high quality work in the field of countering bullying. An integral part of the workshop curriculum will be an immersive VR game, developed through this project, aimed to induce empathy in young people for the bullying victims, helping them better understand the consequences bullying has on victims and empowering them to counter bullying in their environments.

 

Project dates: September 2018 – June 2020

 

Partnership organizations:
Sirius – Centre for psychological counseling, education and research – info@centar-sirius.hr

Sirius – Centre for psychological counseling, education and research – info@centar-sirius.hr

 

Liepaja University Art research laboratory, MPLab – info@mplab.lv

 

The Simile of the Child – projects@hamogelo.gr

 

Spektrum Educational Centre – sec@sec.ro

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