In January 2018 IREX Europe began the new ‘Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors’ project focusing on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) for youth and encouraging of civic journalism at the local level. The 24-month project is supported by the Delegation of The European Union in the Republic of Moldova and implemented by IREX Europe in partnership with Centrul Media pentru Tineri/ Youth Media Centre.

The Inception Meeting took place on January 19 in Chisinau, Moldova.

By the end of the project over 700 young people will be trained in MIL and to produce and distribute their own news following  80 MIL trainings across rural Moldova and two multimedia summer schools. Furthermore, 10 local media outlets will be supported under a small grant program and public discussions will be organised in the communities.

The first stage of the project was a needs assessment of the situation in Moldova. Representatives of implementing organizations visited communities in the southern, central and northern parts of the country to discuss with young people, adults and representatives of the local media. The findings will be used to inform the project activities, implemented in collaboration with  Centrul Media pentru Tineri and other identified third parties.