Human Rights & Media Literacy

Human Rights & Media Literacy

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People in Need recognizes that media literacy is a prerequisite for active citizenship. In recent years, the dramatic growth in citizens’ exposure to fake news and propaganda via social media and online sources has highlighted the need for youth to have the knowledge and tools to objectively analyze the myriad of information available. Relief and Development Department of PIN, working in coordination with the colleagues from the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, provides various activities to enhance and increase socialization of human rights and media literacy skills in Moldova. Besides providing a solid and continuous support to local civil society, PIN strives to create a resilient and inclusive society using in-house methodology – One World in Schools. It targets the next generation of active citizens and lays the foundation for them to hold their governments accountable and responsive to the needs of their constituents. The methodology achieves this via a range of films topics and follow up activities that introduce young people to civic life. OWIS focuses on strengthening the capacity of teachers and youth leaders to deliver the methodology while youth themselves engage in integrated activities aimed at developing active citizens. As a result, it is a starting point from which youth can critically analyze the world around them and gain the skills and motivation to fight injustice and improve the communities in which they live. OWIS uses documentary films to initiate debate about complicated topics with the aim to change attitudes among the younger generation. It is an indispensable tool to develop critical thinking skills and can be adapted to focus on a variety of topics including human rights, environmental protection, among others. The films are organized in audio visual lessons jointly designed by OWIS experts and teachers and include a documentary film, lesson plans, accompanying interactive activities/ discussion points and recommended sources for further research. As part of the OWIS ‘package’, all participating teachers are trained on how to use documentary films as a teaching method and organize lessons using the OWIS materials. Outside of the classroom, OWIS can also be a non-formal education tool by local organizations or youth groups going further attitude change and inspiring young people to changes in their communities. The impact of OWIS is clear – it opens the eyes of young people who would otherwise have limited opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills or imagine how they can make a difference in their society.

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Past Activities

One World in Schools component within the Resilient Civil Society and Media Response to the Ukraine War Project

One World in Schools component within the Resilient Civil Society and Media Response to the Ukraine War Project

PIN Moldova proposes the One World in Schools documentaries program to counter disinformation and support the development of critical media literacy skills in dominant and non-dominant communities through training and small-scale campaign grants. The component includes two vital parts: (1) Media Literacy Trainings that will familiarize the participants with the methodology of using documentary films for media literacy and will enable them to use it in an effective way in their action plans under (2) Media Literacy Grants that will further support local civil society actors in media literacy promotion and countering disinformation. Media literacy trainings and grants have made significant strides in equipping individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate today's media landscape critically. They have contributed to a more informed, engaged, and media-literate society.
Increasing Citizens’ Role in Moldovan Media via Media Literacy in Schools

Increasing Citizens’ Role in Moldovan Media via Media Literacy in Schools

The project intended to contribute the empowerment of the citizens of Moldova to be able to actively engage in public issues via enhanced media literacy among youth and strengthened citizen journalism. In this sense, the project increased awareness about the role of fake news and propaganda in public life via the One World in Schools media literacy modules among pupils. The impact of the intervention achieved two-fold dimension: 1) a new generation of informed youth, citizens’ journalists and teachers in the regions are empowered via OWIS and 2) strengthened independent media in the regions is giving citizens a more expansive view of critical issues facing Moldovan society and a better link between empowered youth and independent media is connected via media grants.
One World in Schools – Documentary Films for Human Rights and Antidiscrimination

One World in Schools – Documentary Films for Human Rights and Antidiscrimination

Projects intended to contribute critical thinking and media literacy skills development. It serves as a prerequisite for active citizenship and the one of possible solutions to the growth in citizens’ exposure to fake news and propaganda. Project activities included provision of the OWIS methodological toolkit which contained the following: synopsis of the film, questions and answers on the film subject, instructions for educational activities in the classroom, worksheets and a practical guide on how to use the documentaries during the lessons and to attach it to the already existing online teachers’ book. Instructions for interactive educational methods were created for each film so that teachers could work with students in a more interactive way and on a more personal level, thus developing crucial nowadays skills for a resilient and active society. Training and capacity building were an integral part of competence development of teachers and facilitators of OWIS in schools.

Multiyear Project Activities: 

1. January 2017 – August 2018   

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czech Republic)   

2. August 2015 – April 2016 

Donor: Embassy of Finland in Bucharest 

3. January 2015 – September 2015 

Donor: UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czech Republic)   

4. May 2014 – February 2015 

Donor: UNDP 

5. January 2014 – December 2014 

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czech Republic)