Media & Information Literacy

IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation

IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation

SUMMARY: IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media Literacy and Critical thinking EDUcation – is a project aiming to develop media literacy and critical thinking among students, teachers and parents in five European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia). The aim is to empower them to become aware and active promoters of media literacy actions in their communities. By working at local level the project intends to have an impact on the wider communities and play a part in preventing marginalization and countering inequality.

The main project activities are:

  • a needs assessment, including questionnaire sent to parents, teachers and students in each country;
  • Stakeholder meetings in each country and an International Stakeholder meeting in Lyon, France;
  • training of trainers from each country to be held in Osijek, Croatia;
  • training of teachers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia;
  • Civic Hackathons in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia; and
  • an International Student Camp in Croatia for students from all countries.

IREX Europe is working with six partners: FORMA. Azione srl (Italy), Sofia Development Association (Bulgaria), Centre for peace, non violence and human rights (Croatia), PRIZMA Foundation (Slovenia), DZZD “Obuchenie” (Bulgaria), ITET Perugia (Italy).

IREX Europe’s key role in the project is running monitoring and evaluation plus providing international expertise in Media Literacy. We will produce the media literacy materials needed for the training of trainers, run the training (with an external consultant), host an international Stakeholder meeting in Lyon and send students to the International Student Camp.

 

PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

  • International training of trainers (ToT) for trainers in each country to run their own classes in media literacy and critical thinking for school teachers.
  • Materials prepared for these ToTs and translated into all partners’ languages.
  • Training of school teachers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia
  • Stakeholder meetings in each country
  • Needs assessment in each country (including for students, teachers and parents)
  • Civic Hackathons in Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia
  • International Student Camp in Croatia

 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

 

Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova III (SIMML III)

Strengthening Independent Media and Media Literacy in Moldova III (SIMML III)

SUMMARY:  SIMML III works to combat propaganda and fake news and promote democracy by increasing media literacy in Moldova and improving access to fair and unbiased information on key national and international issues.

Project’s Objectives:

Objective 1: Strengthen resistance to fake news, propaganda and manipulation by the media by building media and information literacy skills in Moldova’s communities.

Objective 2: Improve the quality and quantity of media reports on social and political developments affecting Moldova.

Objective 3: Promote civic participation by strengthening links between media and their communities through open discussion platforms gathering local citizens, civil society and journalists.

CONTEXT:

IREX Europe’s SIMML project has worked over the last four years to promote increased media and information literacy in Moldova and to expand access to fair and unbiased information on key national and international issues. The lack of a critical approach to the media and a lack of general media literacy leaves the Moldovan population vulnerable to manipulation, fake news and propaganda that seeks to promote an anti-European agenda, as well as exacerbate tensions between ethno-linguistic groups.

Under IREX Europe’s SIMML I and II projects, 113 librarians were trained in media literacy skills bringing them to the level where they can run their own MIL activities in their communities. The librarians have gone on to run more than 200 media literacy trainings and activities in raions across the country, directly reaching nearly 3,000 citizens (youth, adults including seniors, and local authority representatives). Over 30 Media Corners – special spaces where citizens can access news and information with guided assistance from librarians – have been set-up in participating libraries under a small grants scheme.

We have worked with Moldovan media to build the capacities of a new generation of journalists through learning-by-doing internships. 39 journalists and journalism students have received training so far, producing and broadcasting more than 35 video reports, 4 documentaries, 8 radio reports and 70 articles.

An important part of our project has been to promote civic participation. We’ve combined our media production and media literacy components by organizing public discussion sessions in partnership with local libraries – working with the librarians who’ve undergone our MIL training program.

SIMML III PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

Our project works to achieve these results through the following activities:

Under Objective 1 we are expanding our media literacy training of trainer (ToT) program for librarians, to increase librarians’ ability to provide media literacy activities in their local communities. We are institutionalizing media literacy within the Association of Librarians of Moldova, establishing a team of “Senior Trainers” able to go on and provide ToT trainings to librarians in the future. The Association will also host an “Online Media Literacy Toolbox” which will include an updated MIL manual for librarians and a range of interactive online MIL tools to facilitate providing local MIL activities, particularly engaging youth via online and social media activities. A series of “MIL Summer Fairs” will increase networking amongst librarians whilst providing top-up training for MIL-trained librarians.

   1.1. MIL manual update and development of an open source online manual and online MIL toolbox.

   1.2 Media and Information Literacy capacity building for local libraries 

   1.3 Media Literacy Capacity Building for the Association of Librarians of Moldova

   1.4 MIL communication campaign to raise awareness of media manipulation and the need for Media Literacy. 

Under Objective 2 we will continue capacity building training and learning-by-doing internships for young journalists and journalism students in leading independent Moldovan media, resulting in the production and broadcasting on national and local television (and online and print media) news and information on key social and political issues. Through a small grants program we will provide financial support to local media, linked to quality news and information content production.

   2.1 Journalism students & young journalists’ learning by doing capacity building

   2.2 Journalism & Media Literacy Study tour for Journalists/Student journalist participants.

   2.3 Financial support to regional media

Finally, under Objective 3 we will continue to promote civic interaction through public discussions in local communities.

   3.1.Public Platforms for discussion

 

Jeunesse Active, Médias Inclusifs et Littératie Numérique (JAMIL.Net)

Jeunesse Active, Médias Inclusifs et Littératie Numérique (JAMIL.Net)

The overall goal of the project is to promote the inclusion and civic participation of young Tunisian women and men in interior governorates of Tunisia through promoting Media Literacy and strengthening community radios.

The project has three components: promoting a better understanding and use of media (including social media, online media and community media) so that young Tunisians can make their voices heard increasing youth representation and participation in local and national media;  strengthening the capacity of community radio stations to engage with local youth and produce programming by and for young people.

IREX Europe is implementing this project in partnership with ATMA (Association Tunisienne des Médias Alternatifs) and Savoir*Devenir.

JAMIL.Net Objectives :

Objective 1: To promote a better understanding and use of media for young Tunisian women and men to make their voices heard;

Objective 2: To increase youth representation in local and national media;

Objective 3: To strengthen the capacity of community radio stations to be better able to represent youth.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

  • Creation of a center for Media and Information Literacy Education with 5 satelitte centers across Tunisia
  • Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training of trainers for ATMA trainers combining face-to-face and remote training.
  • Organization of MIL workshops for youth groups, bloggers and youth leaders in regional Youth Centers.
  • Journalism and radio production training for journalists at 5 community radios;
  • Media Literacy focused productions by 5 community radios.
  • Hackathon – support to 10 media projects developed by young journalist and students in journalism.
  • Workshop on local journalism and radio animation for ATMA trainers;
  • Workshop on innovative business models for managers of 5 community radios.
  • Creation of a central mechanism for financing and advertising incomes for community radios

The expected results of the project are:

  • Outcome 1:  A Media and Information Literacy Education center is established, and a network of 20 trainers are created among partner organizations in 5 governorates to support media projects developed by young Tunisians.
  • Outcome 2: Journalists from community radios have strengthened capacity in local journalism as well as better ties with their local community – local youth benefit from youth focused and youth produced programmes local programmes.
  • Outcome 3:  financial sustainability of at least 5 community radios is strengthened creation of a centralized financing mechanism.
D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

D-JIL “Digital Generation” – Innovate and create online media content for young people

SafirLab 2017. © vinciane lebrun-verguethen/voyez-vous

The D-Jil project aims to offer young citizens, from nine countries of the MENA region, the opportunity, resources, training and mentoring to create and produce digital content for new generations

It is funded by the European Union and implemented by CFI, in partnership with IREX Europe, the Samir Kassir Foundation, the Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) and Leaders of Tomorrow.

D-Jil will run over 4 years and mentor 20 initiatives from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Selection: in March 2018, there will be a call for applications to select a “long list” of the 30 best projects focusing on digital content intended to meet the expectations of young people and to help them to become involved in public and local life.
  • Hackathon: a hackathon will then bring the teams together to share ideas, receive targeted training and mentoring aimed at helping them refine and develop their project ideas.
  • Subsidy: At the end of the hackathon, the teams will present their projects to a jury and the 10 best will receive a subsidy of between €60 000 to €80 000, to transform their ideas into actual projects.
  • Incubation: These 10 award winners will further benefit from personalized mentoring throughout the implementation of their projects. They will have regular meetings at working sessions to exchange ideas and to promote a regional group dynamic.

IREX Europe will also implement Media and Information Literacy workshops to help the project teams incorporate Media Literacy into activities and receive feedback from their youth audience.

A second call for applications will be launched 6 months later, to choose a further 10 projects

Call for project proposals

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors (EYCA)

The overall goal of the project is to increase freedom of expression in Moldova by: empowering youth from rural areas to become civic actors through training in media literacy  and blogging; encouraging local media in regions to collaborate with youth and local authorities; and increasing civic dialogue in the rural areas, including through public dialogue on social issues.

PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES:

Objective 1 : building the capacities of young and active citizens to report on social and political issues through training in media literacy and blogging about their local communities

Objective 2 : support local media in the raions and improve their capacity to provide quality content through collaboration with youth and local authorities

Objective 3 : increasing community dialogue on social issues in the raions, including through public discussions, readings and other events on human rights and social issues.

CONTEXT:

The importance of media literacy is increasingly recognized in Moldova for a number of reasons ranging from the influence of false information; the influence of oligarch dominated media; the lack of professionalism within Moldovan media; and the lack of media literacy amongst the general population.

The consortium’s experience in media literacy shows that Moldovans, especially in the rural areas, lack the necessary skills to critically analyse local, national and international news. Moreover, because of the week capacity of local media, subjects related to local communities are often not reported appropriately or even covered at all. As a result, people in rural areas feel isolated and disinterested in the news, increasing their potential to be manipulated by media oligarchs and false information.

 PROJECT RESULTS and ACTIVITIES:

Our project works to achieve these results through the following activities:

Result 1Young people from at least 10 raions have improved their ability to understand and report on social and political issues through media literacy activities; they have developed connections with other stakeholders from their communities and youth from other raions and are able to engage more critically in their communities as civic actors.

Activity 1.1 – Media Literacy trainings for students from rural areas

Activity 1.2 – Blog tours for youth led by well-known Moldovan bloggers and activists on social issues

Activity 1.3 – Moldovan Multimedia Festivals with prizes for the best blogs.

Activity 1.4 –   Guidance and mentoring provided to the youth engaged in media literacy activities. Youth platforms identified and contracted to disseminate project’s media products;

Result 2 local media in different raions have improved their ability to engage with audiences involving youth and where possible local authorities in developing project and media outputs.

Activity 2.1: Small grants for media projects involving local media, local authorities, and trained youth

Activity 2.2: Production and management capacity building trainings for awarded media projects

Activity 2.3:  Local production and dissemination of productions in local media

Result 3local communities in the raions have the opportunities to access safe spaces for discussion including alternative format debates on social and political issues, including human rights.

Activity 3.1:  Organisation of public discussions, including readings on social issues followed by informal discussions organised by the project partners in collaboration with local authorities, youth and other interested actors.

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

Strengthening the capacities of Tunisian social partners and media civil society (TOKE)

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of local information and citizen mobilization in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili through the professionalization of associative radios and media literacy for youth and active civil society in these regions.

The project is being implemented in two components. The project’s first component focusses on improving the access to local information for the populations of Tozeur and Kebili , by strengthening the editorial capacities and economic viability of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM, the only associative radios in Kébili and Tozeur; The project will also work to increase the participation of youth and civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.

TOKE Objectives :

Objective 1: To strengthen the capacity of community radio stations to produce information programs;

Objective 2: To enhance the capacity of youth and civil society to interact with community radio and social media.

Our project works to achieve these objects through the following activities:

  • Workshop on local journalism and radio animation for ATMA trainers;
  • Trainings in local journalism (« journalisme de proximité ») and radio animation techniques for journalists from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Workshop on innovative business models for managers of Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM.
  • Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training of trainers for ATMA trainers followed by a training of ATMA’s officials of Youth Centers in Tozeur and Kebili.
  • Organization of MIL workshops for youth groups, bloggers and representatives of civil society in Youth Centers.
  • Production and dissemination by Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM (with the support of ATMA) of the making-of of MIL workshops.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Outcome 1:  Journalists and facilitators from Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM have the necessary know-how to produce information programs focused on the concerns of the populations of Tozeur and Kebili and to organize at the community level a citizen dialogue reflecting the pluralism of currents of thoughts and opinions.
  • Outcome 2:  Djerid FM and Nefzaoua FM strengthen their economic viability by developing different formats of programs with low production costs but adapted to their mandate as citizen and participatory media.
  • Outcome 3:  Youth and active civil society in the governorates of Tozeur and Kebili participate more in community radio programs and make responsible use of social media to disseminate, exchange and discuss local news.