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EMIF announces support for eight media literacy projects

The Call for Media and Information Literacy for Citizens Empowerment aims to support initiatives that enhance digital media and information literacy skills in Europe.

The call closed at the end of April 2022 with an indicative allocation of €1.6 million.

Eight projects were awarded funding in this first round. They are:

TeamLit Teacher Education in Digital and Media Literacy: Providing Guidance, Resources and Support

TeaMLit aims to establish a value added and sustainable network providing guidance, resources and support for European teacher educators and trainers in MIL and in so doing, to directly advance students’ abilities to tackle disinformation. TeaMLit partners in Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Germany and Finland will gather and share knowledge, pilot promising approaches, develop training materials and conduct a large scale multiplier campaign.

The grantee was MEDEA: Media and Learning Association. Partners were:

  • Association for Communication and Media Culture (Croatia);
  • Heidelberg University (Germany);
  • Interuniversitary Micro-Electronics Centre vzw (Belgium);
  • Dublin City University Institute for Future Media, Democracy, and Society (Ireland);
  • The Finnish Society on Media Education (Finland)

Grant: €399,996.14

Media Literacy Leads Digital Wisdom in and Age of Online Disinformation

The Media Literacy Leads project will partner teachers with local journalists to launch a pop-up newsroom in their schools. We will build resources so that, in partnership, The Student View, Bellingcat, PSHE Association and DEMOS can support child reporters to develop their media literacy skills. They’ll use these skills to lead local news investigations on the issues that matter most to them.

The grantee was The Student View. Partners were:

  • Bellingcat (Netherlands);
  • DEMOS (United Kingdom); PSHE Association (United Kingdom)

Grant: €398,968.83

Empowering Critical Thinking Education in Local Communities

The project aims to strengthen media literacy skills of educational community members. School librarians will be provided with developed materials and educational resources, also trained to further pass on the knowledge and skills of critical thinking to teachers, students, and their parents.

The grantee was Association Langas i ateiti. Partners were:

  • Public Internet Access Points (Lithuania)

Grant: €104,338.28

Empowering Schools in Self-Regulation of Media and Information Literacy Processes

The project supports media literacy by developing an adaptive educational game to improve students’ ability in regulating cognitive processes in online learning tasks, along with a teacher professional development model to empower teachers in educating critical online readers.”

The grantee was University of Florence. Partners were:

  • Tampere University (Finland);
  • Anastasis Social Cooperative (Italy);
  • Romanian American University (Romania)

Grant: €399,459.91

Escape Fake 2.0

Young people are vulnerable to fake news, but media literacy cannot be taught with history books. Escape Fake develops innovative digital tools for educating young people on disinformation, by designing an immersive escape room game, creating digital narratives in an artist residency program, and developing materials for teacher training.

The grantee was Polycular E.U. Partners were:

  • LA FABBRICA S.P.A. (Italy);
  • Expert Forum Association (Romania)

Grant: €250,836.41

Yo-Media: Youngsters’ Media Literacy in times of Crisis

Media literacy plays a crucial role in preparing youngsters to react responsibly in current pandemics and military crises. Taking into account existing knowledge gaps, the YO-MEDIA project is focused on developing media literacy in times of crisis for youngsters by developing game-based learning strategies and empowering professionals to promote these skills.

The grantee was Portuguese Press Editors and Publishers Association. Partners were:

  • University of Aveiro (Portugal);
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Italy);
  • Balmes University Foundation (Spain)

Grant: €399,998.40

Using Micro-Learning to Train Educators – A Cascade Approach to Media and Information Literacy

MIC-MAC enhances the media and information literacy skills of educators who work with vulnerable learners. It combines ‘micro-learning’ with interactive gaming to help educators apply these skills to the challenges of real life teaching situations and the ‘lived experience’ of their learners. This will in turn improve the digital literacy of learners themselves.

The greantee was Godinhela Association – Research and Social Development. Partners were:

  • Smart Bananas (Italy);
  • University of Salamanca (Spain);
  • University of Skovde (Sweden);

Grant: €396,334.34

Fake Know More

The FAKE kNOw MORE project raises awareness of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on how one’s emotions and general wellbeing raise vulnerability to disinformation. It provides educators working in both formal and non-formal contexts with training, materials and support. Materials will be developed and tested in Poland and next localized in Spain, Romania and Czech Republic.

The grantee was School with Class Foundation. Partners were:

  • Demagog Association (Poland);
  • Smilemundo (Spain);
  • AdfaberAssociation (Romania);
  • Fakescape (Czech Republic)

Grant: €396,933.30

The next call for funding under the Media and Information Literacy strand will open in Q4 2022