PRESS RELEASE 2012-02-01

Competition for cross-border school partnership projects

Media literacy is the main theme of this year’s call for cross-border school projects. The competition is organised by aces – Academy of Central European Schools, one of the largest international school networks in the region. Austria is one of the 15 participating countries. 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.

Austrian Schools Wanted!

Schools from all over Austria are invited to find a partner school and to apply. Project proposals can be submitted until April 30, 2012. An international jury selects the best projects and the winners are 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.

aces – Academy of Central European Schools

aces was initiated by ERSTE Foundation in 2006. The programme is coordinated by the non-profit organisations Interkulturelles Zentrum (Austria) and VČELÍ DOM (Slovak Republic) and is supported by the Ministries of Education of all 15 participating countries. Its aim is to enable and enhance intercultural dialogue and cooperation of young people and to create a continuous network of shared knowledge, mutual learning and innovation. So far approx. 20.000 pupils and 2.500 teachers have participated in the aces programme.


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