How do we do this in Europe? Media literacy training best practices

7 organisations working in the media literacy field in Europe got together to discuss what can be done to help youth workers run media literacy  activities with young people. All of them have their own experiences running various media literacy training courses. For the first time they have decided to create a common set of guidelines and educational tools to enhance and promote media literacy on the European level.

The first outcome of their discussions is a collection of best practices, now available on www.emels.eu. They focus on different audiences and they propose a variety of tools: application to teach vulnerable teenagers about responsible use of social media, on-line platform that encourages young people to look deeper in their film reviews, extended courses that equip teachers, youth workers and cultural institutions professionals with skills needed to implement media literacy in their work using innovative methods. What they have in common is that they are truly inspirational, well tested and can be easily used as a project framework in other countries.

The best practices were prepared as a part of EMELS project. Its goal is to create a European Media Literacy Standard for Youth Workers and build strong partnership of European organisations working in the media literacy field. The organisations taking part in the project are: Modern Poland Foundation (Poland), Ariel Trust (UK), Evens Foundation (Belgium), Imec (Belgium), JFF (Germany), Karpos (Greece) and Zaffiria (Italy).

Currently partners are working on the contents of the Standard. In the next phase of the project they will also prepare educational materials to support youth workers’ training and run events promoting the Standard in 6 countries. For more details please visit www.emels.eu.

EMELS Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.