After having listened to more than 30 thousand young people from all over the world, their pains, worries, longings and dreams, the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation creates Wezum, an international observatory of youth that was born with the aim of investigating the root causes behind the main problems that affect adolescents today.
There have been hundreds of educational experiences that Scholas has carried out around the world, incorporating sports, art and technology as tools for transformation; Each one of them has meant new challenges and learning related to the problems that the young participants have decided to face. In many of the cases, their initiatives, which have arisen within the framework of these experiences, have been implemented in the local communities, achieving their transformation.
So much learning and knowledge has taken shape today in Wezum, which was born with the purpose of gathering, analyzing and disseminating, through a new digital platform, information of interest for the development of public policies and social programs.
Among its objectives is to promote the commitment of different social actors and contribute to the contemporary debate data and encourage the discussion of ideas, based on the direct and concrete experience of young people from different countries, cultures, religions and socioeconomic contexts.
Within the framework of the #StopCyberbullyingDay, #WezumStopBullying will gather, in a 24-hour marathon day, the voices of young people, academics, teachers, journalists, legislators, as well as representatives of social organizations, families, technology companies and government entities from around the world, to join in a global conversation about the issues that most concern young people today.
The inaugural theme of this year is bullying and especially cyberbullying, one of its most worrisome faces. The chosen date is next Friday June 21, the day on which we joined the global campaign #StopCyberbullyingDay.
Young people from different backgrounds will participate in this online event to tell the world what they think, what they feel, how they have lived and how they live this problem.
They will be joined by experts from academia and social organizations who have among their research topics and actions the prevention or treatment of cyberbullying in their communities; For this, Wezum* will coordinate conversation spaces with specialists from each area, to deepen the roots of this growing phenomenon.
Representatives of governments -local, regional and national- and of technology companies, key actors for the development of strategies of contrast, prevention and awareness about cyberbullying, have also been invited. During the 24 hours of the virtual conference, influencers from different countries will also be connected, donating their time to raise awareness about this issue.
In addition, in the framework of this virtual marathon, Wezum will present its First Global Report on Cyberbullying, which collects data from the experiences of Scholas during the last years.