The Spanish National Police Force (Policía Nacional – PN) find their origins in 1824. Since them, it has been growing up to become in 1986 as the updated and specialized police force that it is in the present day. Currently, it is almost 70.000 police officers with competence in all the Spanish territory.

Within the Headquarters of Public Security and Safety of the Spanish National Police be found the Community Policing Central Unit.  Its main purpose is to manage relationships between citizens and Police and also promote, monitor and evaluate prevention actions through the coordination of their Community Policing Services distributed throughout the Spanish national territory, except in Catalonia and the Basque Country regions.

Besides this, its other main objective is to promote the implementation of prevention plans for vulnerable groups in society. One of the prevention plans that structure the Community Policing Central Unit is the so-called “Master Plan for Coexistence and Improvement of Safety in Schools and their Environments”, in charge of the protection of children and youth through the prevention of any kind of risk that may affect minors, as for example the well known nowadays dangers of the Internet through, among other actions, educational and informative activities.

With more than 40 years of experience, we are recognized as a leading global foundation for our commitment to people’s wellbeing and social progress. Our mission, as a non-profit institution, is to contribute to improving people’s quality of life and the progress of society through multinational programs and activities.

We promote comprehensive education for people, especially children and young people who belong to disadvantage community with the objective of achieving a better society. To achieve this, we work in collaboration with local organisations on projects that support nutrition, health, education and access to the labour market. Over this time, we have completed more than 830 cooperation programs in a total of 23 countries. We have secured food for over 550.000 children and provided access to basic education for five million young people.

Specifically, with regards to Health Promotion, we are working to improve people’s health and the quality of their lives through the prevention of non-communicable lifestyle-related diseases. We work in collaboration with public administrations, educational institutions and scientific societies aimed at fostering healthy lifestyle habits. We reach out to people of all ages by implementing educational programs in schools, initiatives to promote health in the workplace and activities aimed at families

PantallasAmigas emerged from the opportunities that ICT offer to minors and the necessity that those minors grow up in a complete, safe and healthy way. The slogan of Pantallas Amigas is “For the Safe and Healthy Use of Communication Technologies and for Responsible Digital Citizenship”, meaning that this is an initiative working for the promotion, participation and protection of children and adolescents in the Internet and other online technologies, since 2004. Creating educational resources and working on raising awareness, outreach and research are its main activities, with a special emphasis on the topics of cyberbullying, grooming, sexting, digital violence against women, critical thinking and privacy. Pantallas Amigas has kept to their hallmarks: strategic use of educational communications, development of life skills, promotion of universal values, mainstreaming of other educational aspects (inclusion, gender, equality, etc.) and applying innovative methods.

PantallasAmigas (PA) works on a daily basis at educational centers, in direct contact with students and the educational community, promoting different aspects related to digital well-being and digital media literacy among children and adolescents. It has addressed numerous programs related to the use and excessive use of mobile phones, videogames and other connected devices, as well as to the development of critical thinking abilities. In addition, it develops Cybermanagers, an ongoing program based on peer learning and service learning strategies with a focus on promoting coexistence, citizenship and digital health. Cybermanagers Program is a pioneering methodology launched by PA for the first time in January of 2010, which combines two widely tested methodologies – Learning Solidarity Service and peer training – and puts adolescents at the centre of the intervention.

 

Since its establishment in 2002, Stiftung Digitale Chancen is the remit of the Digital Opportunities Foundation to research the social impact of digitisation, to campaign for equal access to the internet for all people, and to advance digital literacy. The objectives of the foundation are digital inclusion of all societal groups and counteracting the digital divide. The Foundation works in cooperation with public, civic, and private partners. The projects are funded by federal and European programs as well as by industry. The foundation is working under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In the advisory board, representatives of the major German civil society organisations collaborate and advise the work.

The work is project based, addresses a large number of target groups, and can be classed in three categories:

  1. Digital Society: Digitisation is shaping our day-today life in many aspects and has a huge impact on societal processes. This development needs to be researched, shaped, and put into context.
  2. Digital Inclusion: No access to and lack of knowledge for a competent usage of digital resources can cause or further social disparity. The Foundation enables and fosters the digital inclusion of all people.

3.Digital Competence: A vital pre-requisite for digital inclusion is digital competence. Training must be provided in a way that is target- group-oriented via innovative formats.

The Polytechnic of Porto (P.Porto) is the largest and one of the most dynamic polytechnic schools in the country. Emerging as first in the Polytechnic ranking, along with other major Universities, it is placed in the upper segment of the higher education national ranking. P.Porto involves 8 schools, more than 20 R&D units, and is the best positioned in international scientific rankings in Portugal. P.PORTO considers its mission to be leader of the Polytechnic subsystem in Portugal, taking social responsibility towards community and society, in an international frame of reference and excellence.

The Centre for Intercultural Studies (CEI) is located at P.Porto’s Business School (ISCAP-P.Porto). ISCAP offers its 4600- strong student population a range of innovative BA and MA courses. ISCAP has experience in innovation in learning, creativity and e-learning, constantly improving the teaching staff’s methods through the use of technologies.

The Centre for Intercultural Studies of ISCAP-P.Porto develops applied and fundamental research, co-operating with other national and international institutions in scientific, technical and cultural projects. CEI’s designation and goals comprehend the whole interdisciplinary field generated by the research, exchange opportunities, scientific events, and editorial projects the team has created along the years within CEI’s main research lines: intercultural theories and practices, intercultural communication, and intercultural business.

The CEI team is composed of over 50 researchers and lecturers from ISCAP-P.PORTO and other national and international institutions, and has the support of a renowned advisory board. CEI hosts and supervises masterclasses, conferences, seminars, two Post-Graduate Courses – in Cultural Resources for Business and in Science, Entrepreneurship and Innovation –, and two MA programs – in Intercultural Studies for Business and in Specialized Translation and Interpreting – with the help of a specialized library and several open access databases.

From the onset, CEI has taken part in countless national and international conferences and publications, funded research projects, and published more than a dozen books for worldwide distribution, in the vast field of intercultural studies. Every year, CEI grants awards to MA dissertations in intercultural studies, offers grants and internships for junior researchers, and publishes E-REI: E–Journal of Intercultural Studies.

 

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