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MediaACT - Activating Critical Thinking
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

MediaACT – Activating Critical Thinking is a training course that will take place in Zlín, Czech Republic from 2nd to 9th November 2016. It will involve a total of 35 people (including 2 trainers and 3 support staff) from 10 European countries (CZ, IT, GR, HU, MK, TR, PL, DE, UK, LT) for 8 days of activities on media knowledge and information management in terms of promoting sensitive issues of Europe: refugees‘ crisis, migration, lack of inclusion and acceptance while forming radicalisation. Some of the aspects that will be discussed include mainstream media power, social media and citizen journalism role referring to different issues. The methodology of the project will be non-formal education, featuring a range of methods such as simulations, discussions, expert input, case studies, brainstorming, group work, group presentations and others. The objectives of the project are: • To gain key competencies and basic skills in terms of media literacy and critical thinking. • To seek visibility for European issues and values and combat negative tendencies proliferated by the media.• To promote the use of innovative tools linked to information and communication technologies using non-formal learning methods.• To share experience, knowledge, information and a unique perspective on current European issues maintaining international understanding.• To provide participants with an opportunity to use the newly acquired skills in practice in the form of a final work at the end of the TC.• To promote the Erasmus+ program as an effective tool for combating prejudice and radicalization and promoting European citizenship among young people.The project idea comes from the need of European youth learning, how to use media, how to manage information and how to form a critical opinion in order to keep EU values. It is in line with the priorities and objectives of the Erasmus+ program and its Youth section.

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