Empowering youth to critically analyse fake news

Strategic partnership

A 2-year strategic partnership 2019 – 2021, bringing together partners from Spain, France, Italy and Poland.

Topic

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.

Project summary

During the 2-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.

Results

The main results of our project are:

  • Cooperation mechanism developed for sharing and debate on best practices for dealing with Fake news;
  • Collection of improved methods and techniques for dealing with Fake news;
  • Good Practices Guide for youth organization, validated by target group;
  • Increased capacity of youth workers to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods for dealing with Fake news.

Project: Empowering youth to critically analyse fake news

Applicant: Asociatia TEAM 4 Excellence

ID: 2019-2-RO01-KA205-064070

Erasmus+ Strategic partnership

First transnational project meeting in Constanta, Romania

EMPOWERING YOUTH TO CRITICALLY ANALYSE FAKE NEWS

Project 2019-2-RO01-KA205-064070

The diversity of news distributed via social media communication channels exposes citizens to large scale disinformation including misleading and false information. The new consortium established for implementing the “Empowering youth to critically analyse fake news” Erasmus+ project will bring new solutions to empower youth to evaluate fake news and to detect disinformation campaigns across social networks.

During the following one and a half year, five European organizations will be involved in workshops, webinars, training courses for exchanging good practices and transnational meetings aiming 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 17-18 October 2019, the kick-off meeting held in Constanta (Romania) brought together representatives of all project partners.

  1. Asociatia TEAM 4 Excellence (T4E), Romania – Leader of the consortium
  2. CEMEA Rhone-Alpes, France
  3. Fundacja Instytut Badan Iinnowacjiw Edukacji (INBIE), Poland
  4. Petit Pas, Italy
  5. Solidaridad Sin Fronteras (SSF), Spain
From left to right: Marco Marasciuolo (IT), Luis Ochoa Siguencia (PL), Gabriela Ochoa-Daderska (PL), Ovidiu Acomi (RO), Francesco Di Perna (IT), Joan Deas (FR), Nicoleta Acomi (RO), Francesca Dadomo (SP), Domitille Hocq (FR), Adrián Martín Maldonado (SP)

The meeting sessions addressed two important topics: first, the project management and second, the technical aspects to enable the team to cooperate for developing youth skills and competencies to critically assess the news.

In order to achieve the project scope, partners identified three specific objectives:

  • Enhance the capacity of youth organizations to appropriately empower youth for dealing with Fake news.
  • Improve the level of key competences of youth workers in formal and non-formal education to adequately contribute to the youth critical skills development.
  • Increase the degree of interest of young people from partners’ countries to identify, analyse and evaluate the Fake news.

This way, the newly established strategic partnership is expected to create a motivating context for project staff to effectively address all three identified target groups: youth with active accounts on social media, youth workers working with youth in all forms of education and youth organizations active in all kinds of education.

The successful implementation of the project will provide the consolidation of the efforts of the project partners to empower youth to evaluate fake news and disinformation campaigns across social networks. Moreover, the good practices and the collection of improved methods and techniques for dealing with fake news that will be created is expected to be taken up by more education institutions all over Europe.

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