Young Rescuer Academy of First Aid and Lifesaving
The aim of the project is to exchange good practices in school education in a topic of education and dissemination among students the knowledge of premedical rescue, in particular first aid and the issue of organ donation. The ability to react properly in the case of traffic accidents, mass disasters, fires, but also the ability to help people during their loss of consciousness and professional calling of appropriate services are skills that should be naturally used by a citizen of modern society. However, this skill applies not only to adults, but should be trained by everyone from an early age. Complementing this ability of saving health and human life in a systemic way is the awareness of the importance of organ donation, in particular blood donation and bone marrow donation. Lack of adequate knowledge about the importance of donation in saving human life, as well as lacking its negative impact on the donor’s life, make the number of potential and actual donors is insufficient. It is necessary to promote proper attitudes well in advance.
Obtaining the right level of skills and awareness in the field of pre-medical help and organ donation requires educating from an early age. During school education, the learning process in this area is of an occasional nature and it is conducted in various areas (implemented to a small extent during educational activities and during occasional events and visits of people involved in medical emergency services). The project envisages the exchange of good practices at the international level in the area being the subject of the project and the development of stable, good practices implemented in the curriculum in the schools participating in the project. As part of the dissemination of the project, the results (good practices) will be disseminated also in other educational units provided as recipients of dissemination activities.
Five project partners, including four school partners (beneficiaries) and one non-school partner (serving as leader and expert) is planned to be involved in the realization of the project activities. School partners will be general (elementary) schools educating young people aged 10-16, located in various local environments. There will be two schools from Poland (one coming from a mid-size city, and one village), a school from Germany (a small town), and a school from Romania (large city – a capital). The project will involve also supporting partners who (together with the Silesian University of Technology) will support project activities (trainings). Provisionally planned are: a specialist hospital and the Polish Red Cross (a regional branch). The list of partners may be extended during the project realization.
The project activities will include four transnational project meetings and four short-term (less than two weeks each) youth exchanges (with participants from four partner centers participating in each of the activities). During the student exchange activities, training activities for teachers will be organized, but they will not constitute independent mobility (teachers accompanying students will participate in them). Each of the project activities (each exchange) will be devoted to a different subject matter (e.g. behavior towards a person with a threat to life, first aid) and will include other forms of project activities (lectures, meetings, training workshops, visits to facilities). These meetings will also include horizontal activities (including European integration, culture and regional customs, heritage and national identity).
The international project meetings (3 days long each) will be aimed at project management, preparation for mobility activities, evaluation of results and preparation of activities in the field of dissemination of project results.
The project is planned to be realized for 26 months (from October 1th, 2018 to November 30th, 2020). During this time, except mobility activities, the project will include dissemination activities, which will spread results of the project to other beneficiaries, not involved directly to the project realization (neighbor schools, non-governmental organizations and institutions involved in informal education).