Open Call: School Network ACES starts new project contest



“Reality Check – How we perceive and construct the world through media” is the theme of this year’s call for cross-border school projects. The competition is organised by the Academy of Central European Schools – aces, one of the largest international school networks in the region.

Mass media – and especially digital media – offer broad access to information and new ways of participation in society, politics and culture but, at the same time, also carry the risk of manipulation. Cyber-bullying, violations of privacy and personal rights or copyright issues are only some of the challenges. In this context media literacy is a crucial factor for active citizenship in today’s information society: It is a repertoire of competences that enable people to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate an increasingly wide range of messages using image, text and sound. Media education empowers young and old to develop these skills and to become wise consumers and creative producers. Therefore this year’s call focuses on media literacy and invites schools to encourage students to analyze media content and to create and distribute their own media products.

Schools from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia are invited to find a partner school and to apply. An international jury will select the best projects and the winners will be awarded with a grant. Together with the partners, the schools will implement their joint project idea. They receive support during the implementation phase and are invited to international network meetings. An online partner finder (available on helps schools to search for the “ideal match”, according to common interests and requirements.

Project proposals can be submitted until April 30, 2012.

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