PAFSE is a science education project that addresses the challenges of public health. The project engages schools, universities, enterprises and non-formal education providers in building science clusters that boost young people’s awareness of public health challenges, protective factors and patterns of risky behaviour, and the role they can play in their community readiness and preparedness for hazards.
PAFSE will strength populations’ literacy and mitigate risks, having students playing a central role, as public health ambassadors, early adopters and spreaders of scientific knowledge.
PAFSE challenges students and schools to take a role in their community preparedness by implementing educational scenarios within science networks. The novel educational provisions will engage students aged 12-15 in public discourse events, and a blend of formal and informal activities using digital tools, online teaching-learning environments and educational scenarios to develop their competence on project management and collection/analysis/making sense of scientific evidence. Every scenario includes learning goals, assessment methods, lessons plan, learning objects/teaching resources and a guide for students’ projects. The digital educational resources become progressively accessible at the open-access repository Photodentro PAFSE.
PAFSE will involve more than 3000 students and their families in the project activities, being the outcomes disseminated to more than 1000 schools.
PAFSE was approved for funding by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 Programme) and involves researchers from nine institutions: NOVA National School of Public Health (Portugal, project leader), Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (Portugal), Computer Technology Institute and Press “DIOPHANTUS” (Greece), Lisbon Institute of Engineering (Portugal), University of Ioannina (Greece), Portuguese Association for the Prevention of Road Accidents (Portugal), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), University of Minho (Portugal) and Uniwersytet Im. Adama Mickiewicza W Poznaniu (Poland).