A 1.5-year strategic partnership 2019 – 2021, bringing together partners from Spain, France, Italy and Poland.
The diversity of news distributed via social media communication channels exposes citizens, especially youth, to large scale disinformation including misleading and false information. Propaganda, misinformation and Fake news have the potential to polarise public opinion, to promote violent extremism and hate speech and, ultimately, to undetermined democracies and reduce trust in the democratic processes (Council of Europe, 2018). The main problem identified by project partners is the reduced level of commitment of youth in evaluating social media news. With this in mind, we aim at empowering youth to evaluate fake news and detect disinformation campaigns across social networks.
During the 1.5 year lifetime we will exchange and test good practices to improve the internal methods in a European context. We aim at creating a motivating context for staff development for achieving the main objective: “enhance the capacity of youth workers and youth organizations in their support for young people to interpret, analyse and evaluate the Fake News”. We identified three target groups that can contribute to addressing the aim of the project:
- TG1 – Youth (between 16 and 29 years) with active accounts on social media, with interest in developing critical thinking skills.
- TG2 – Youth workers, working with youth in all form of education, with interest in developing competencies needed for empowering the youth for dealing with Fake news.
- TG3 – Youth organizations, working with youth in all kinds of education with interest in developing their internal capabilities for addressing youth needs for dealing with Fake news.
”Analytical skills matter”
Training course in Trani, Italy, 10-13 December 2019
The diversity of news distributed via social media communication channels (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn), exposes everyone to large scale disinformation including misleading and false information. The concept of fake news has its origins more than 150 years ago (in the 16th century). However, the current easiness of sharing information using social media platforms led to a flood of fake news. Propaganda, misinformation and Fake News have the potential to polarize public opinion, to promote violent extremism and hate speech. Ultimately, this may lead to undetermined democracies and reduce trust in the democratic processes (Council of Europe 2018). Thus, a set of basic skills and competencies to critically assess the news would be of great assistance of youth. Therefore this project aims to “enhance the capacity of youth workers and youth organizations in their support for young people to interpret, analyse and evaluate the Fake News”.
During the following one and a half year, five European organizations from France, Italy, Romania, Spain and Poland, will be involved in workshops, webinars, training courses for exchanging good practices. The first of these Short-term joint staff training events was held in Trani at Co-Labory coworking, between December 11th and 13th.
During these three days experts, teachers and youth workers had the chance to talk about common analytical skills, and how to improve them, analyse Fake news articles and learn how to spot them. We have been sharing know-how and experiences to create a module for non-formal learning. Also, we were working on analysing and recognizing fallacious arguments.
👍 During the 1st day of training participants from all five project partners TEAM4Excellence, Romania; CEMEA Rhone-Alpes, France;
Fundacja Instytut Badan Iinnowacjiw Edukacji, Poland; Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, Spain together with our host organization Petit Pas, Italy shared good practices for helping youth to identify fake news. They agreed on the most relevant skill set necessary to deal with Fake News!
👍👍 In the 2nd day of training course they have learned 🎯How to use online apps 📱📲🎬🎼💻for improving analytical skills .
👍👍👍 The 3rd day has been dedicated to the group activities 🧒👦👩🧑👨 for practicing, debating, and dealing with fallacious arguments 👨🎓.
The course has been very interactive thanks to the numerous workshops organized by the leader of each activities. These involved the participants in debates, using apps and website and sharing tips on how to analyze and recognize fake news.