Partners

Applicant - MKO - NL

The MKO founaltdation, established in 2005 is an advisory centre concerning youth and (new) mediums aiming to provide more insight in the possibilities of new mediums, providing also for their promotion and justified use. MKO strives to improve the quality of digital mediums for children, parents and teachers helping them to become indicators for the mediums. MKO originates from a cooperation between the Planet Internet (component of KPN) and parents online, the largest community for parents on the Internet. At the beginning of 2004 they brought the first Internet site concerning Internet education online. KPN has used it at all schools in the Netherlands and provided a book guiding teachers on how to accompany their students on the Internet. Meanwhile, they wrote together four books, concerning the sexual experience of teenagers on the Internet. MKO staff comprises non-permanent staff of 15 professionals working on specific projects. KPN is still the largest sponsor of the activities of the foundation, and along with the standard partners “parents online” and “Digivaardig & Digibewust”, they cooperate with many other parties, among which are knowledge networks and the institute for picture and sound. MKO provides recommendations among others to the European Commission. The first Internet site www.mijnkindonline.nl was launched in February 2004, as a component of Planet Internet. Meanwhile the Internet site has been renewed thoroughly. Today MKO works independently. Mission:1.  Empower children to be strong and independent in discovering, deal with new media and making it their own, and to protect children, 2. Help parents, schools and professional educators with media education (esp. new media), 3. Raise the quality of digital supply for children.

Website: http://mijnkindonline.nl/ or http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/MKO_Foundation

Partner 1 - EZZEV - NL

altThe foundation has 3 board members and functions as a network organization and cooperates with specialists contracted for specific projects. The foundation has created an internet application for youngsters with money from the Province of Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands, and organized events in which participation of youngsters led to education and empowerment. In 2009 the foundation was involved in the creation of a report on the legal position of youngsters on the Internet in the Netherlands and in the Eurpean Union.

Website: http://www.ezzev.eu/ or http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/EZZEV

Partner 2 - OAKE Associates - GB

altOAKE-Associates is a non-profit enterprise working in the area of research and development, providing technical assistance, management and training and development for organisations within the European Union and in the developing world. The focus of activities is work with people experiencing social exclusion; providing innovative actions and developments that offer opportunities for economic and social integration. OAKE Associates was formed in 2009. An organisation borne out of the ethos of OAKE Europe Ltd, an organisation with many years experience at managing EU projects such as EQUAL, INTERREG, ESF, LdV TOI, Grundtvig, LLL Partnerships. The main Directors are fully conversant and experienced in EU funding streams and their management and reporting requirements. OAKE have worked recently on EU funded youth programmes including Once Against Abandon which looked at why young people abandon school and how innovative methodologies can regain young people passion through media. OAKE staff has been working for 15 years in the general area of youth support this includes the development of informal education related to young people at risk. In particular we have wide experience of young people who are at risk of drug and substance misuse. We work in partnership work with Manchester, Stockport and Rochdale Youth Services developing and delivering innovative support programmes for those most at risk. We also work in partnership with a number of local voluntary and community youth groups such as Greater Manchester Youth Network and the Core User Group who support disabled young people. In the area of media we collaborate with local media specialists The Peoples Voice Media who aim to bring the use of new technologies and the media to those most excluded. This uses the philosophy of “technology in their pocket” (that is technology that people will actually use) to work with young excluded people. We also have an associated who is a specialist Marketing and PR person for the NGO sector. She has experience and skills in working with the local and national media.

Website: http://www.oake-associates.co.uk/ or http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/OAKE_Associates

Partner 3 - CNTI - CY

altThe Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI) is a non-profit, non-Governmental, non-partisan independent Organization active in programs with future orientation in areas related to human brain-modern technology-social transformation and the repercussions of relevant research for humanity. CNTI was established in 1991 and currently has approximately 21 people working in its different departments. CNTI currently has 18 full time staff (10 under 30 years of age), 3 part time (1 under 30) and 5 volunteers (all of them under 30). Through its young and dynamic structure, the organization ensures its links to the youth environment in Cyprus, Europe and Internationally. CNTI offers its young staff numerous possibilities to become active citizens in Cyprus and on a European and global level, to enhance their own capacities and to contribute to the organization and the shaping of the organization’s activities and projects. The proposed project will be managed by a senior staff member. CNTI is separated into three different departments: the New Media lab, the Global Education Unit and the Humanitarian Affairs Unit. New Media Lab Unit - This unit concentrates on the role of new media and technology in bridging the educational, economic, political and other gaps in society by facilitating learning. In addition to research projects, our unit supports the Safer Internet Awareness Center with a hotline and helpline. The Hotline provides a place for reporting illegal or disturbing content on the Internet. The Safer Internet Helpline aims to provide the public, children and teenagers of Cyprus with the means to talk anonymously to a professional who may support them psychologically when dealing with complex Internet risks or simply seeking advice. In the New Media Lab, all projects operate at this interface between Science – Society. This means that a scientific project must have social value in order to be approved for hosting under our umbrella and a social intervention project must have scientific grounding and methods in order to be supported by our structures. Global Education Unit - The Global Education Unit aims to promote and support active global citizenship through local, European and global initiatives. Projects focus on equipping youth and educators with knowledge, skills and tools to increase awareness about global issues and to encourage action for a more just and equitable world; engaging citizens of all ages in intercultural dialogue; supporting peace-building initiatives among young people; and use new technologies to promote the Millennium Development Goals in Cyprus and beyond. Humanitarian Affairs Unit - FWC is the implementing partner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) funded program ‘Strengthening Asylum in Cyprus’. This project offers free legal and social advice to the general population of asylum seekers and recognized refugees. The Humanitarian Affairs Unit also operates the Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (URVT), which supports and promotes the empowerment and rehabilitation of torture victims with a focus on refugees and asylum seekers. URVT’s integrated treatment approach encompasses a full range of services including medical treatment, psychological support and other social services. Additionally, the unit is engaged in humanitarian research. Our project “Social Inclusion/Exclusion of Refugees in Cyprus” is an effort to understand the social cohesion procedure for refugees in Cyprus by exploring financial, educational and social aspects of the phenomenon.

Website: http://www.cnti.org.cy/ or http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/Cyprus_Neuroscience_and_Technology_Institute