The EU Gender Equality Strategy urges educators to teach children about gender sensitivity, non-discrimination, combatting stereotypes, valuing gender identity, and promoting self-esteem and conflict resolution from an early age.

In our multicultural society, discrimination and gender-based violence are prevalent, particularly in educational settings. Stereotypes, often unconsciously perpetuated by teachers and educational materials, impact students’ understanding and acceptance of society. Discrimination takes various forms, affecting well-being and life prospects, leading to issues like school dropout. According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, 11.1% of 18-24-year-olds leave education early, with significant gender disparities.

Young people need skills to thrive as active citizens. While academic success matters, non-cognitive competencies are often more crucial for life success. Social-emotional learning helps adolescents develop self-awareness, academic achievement, and positive behaviors. The CLOSE project aligns with these principles by using cinema to empower teachers and students. It strengthens social, emotional and life skills, equipping students to be tolerant and responsible citizens.


Increased awareness of students and teachers on the extension and dynamics of different types of discrimination, explicit and unconscious

Enhance cinema as a pedagogical language for the training of students in schools, to develop social and emotional learning competencies

Empower teachers and students and support the creation of inclusive and cooperative educational contexts

Acquisition by teachers, schools staff of new competencies to carry out Cinemalabs, as a stable and replicable methodology.

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The CLOSE project aims to support and empower teachers to promote inclusion, gender equality and non-discriminatory approaches in an innovative and interactive way, both in teaching and in daily collaboration with pupils through cinema. It aims to support teachers to tackle learning disadvantages and early school leaving caused by discrimination.




Guidelines and advice on using cinema to create inclusive learning environments to combat discrimination



Containing critical-informative cards of chosen films about discrimination, selected among the best made in Europe or elsewhere over the years



Students will create their own videos on the themes of violence and discrimination with their teachers


inclusive learning environment

10 Films

fighting against discriminsation


CLOSE promote the EU Gender Equality Strategy, and the first principle of the European pillar of social rights: “Everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning in order to maintain and acquire skills”. It aims at spreading the innovative methodology on the use of cinema and new visual technologies in education, to empower students and teachers, as well as school communities, facilitating the construction of dialogue and peaceful relations.

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