Truth Seekers

Duration: 01 – 08 December 2023 (travel days included)

Location: Sigerslev, Denmark

Theme: fake news, critical thinking, media literacy, non- formal education

Hosting Organization: Youth Council Next Generation

Project Description

The main objective of the project “Truth Seekers” is to train youth
workers, youth leaders and people active in the youth field in critical thinking
and to improve their media literacy, and they in turn to apply the acquired

knowledge and skills during their work with young people, with the help of non-
formal education tools and methodology.

Project Goals:

  • Introducing the participants to the terms media literacy and critical
    thinking – historical retrospective, basic concepts, theory and
    practice, main principles etc.
  • The role of the media in promoting hatred, prejudice and
    stereotyping against nationalities, minority ethnicities and other
    vulnerable groups will be discussed and understood.
  • Improvement of media literacy and critical thinking among the
    participants through a range of non-formal education methods.
    Their skills in recognizing processed photos and videos with
    specialized software will be improved. The role of artificial
    intelligence in the creation of fake video will be explored.
  • Participants in the mobility will share examples of fake news and
    misinformation from their countries and discuss good practices at
    national level to tackle the problem.
  • Particular attention will be paid to the European Union’s strategy to
    combat disinformation. Good examples of sites at European and
    global level will be examined.
  • Youth workers will develop their own strategies to combat
  • disinformation and fake news, in the form of local campaigns aimed
  • at young people and especially those with fewer opportunities.
  • To create new tools and methods of non-formal education related to
    promoting media literacy and critical thinking. The tools and
    methods of non-formal education created during the project will be
    used by the youth workers in their work with young people. Special
    attention will be paid to non-formal methods of working with
    disadvantaged youth coming from marginalized and ostracized
    groups, which are primary target of propaganda.
  • The participants they will have the opportunity to write their own
    Erasmus+ project during the training course with the help of the
    experienced trainers. This will improve their knowledge and
    understanding of the programme in depth.
  • To establishing a new network of NGOs at European level to serve as
    a basis for future joint projects under the Erasmus+ programme but
    not only.

The ideal volunteer should have the following characteristics:

  • At least 18 years old;
  • Active in the field of youth work at local, national and international level – youth workers, youth leaders, youth mediators, trainers, mentors and in general people directly involved at a professional level in youth work;
  • Having a good reputation and positive image among the local community;
  • To be aware of their training need for such an activity, highly motivated both to participate in the mobility and to disseminate the results and ensure visibility in the follow-up activities after its completion;
  • Working actively with large numbers of young people and young people with fewer opportunities – selecting such participants will ensure the most tangible and strong impact from the project;
  • Having a communicative level of English. Each partner will be tasked with securing the participation of one disadvantaged youth worker who is experiencing social, economic or geographical difficulties. The main aim of involving this group of participants is to reach marginalized young people facing similar difficulties. Youth workers with fewer opportunities are the ones working directly with young people with fewer opportunities being in the same neighborhood or sharing same marginalized environment.

Further Information:

  • Non-formal methods of education;
  • Learning by doing method;
  • Ice-breakers and team-building games to get to know each other;
  • Workshops will leave room for guided but controversial discussions;
  • Simulation, practical work, brainstorming, interactive presentations
  • etc.


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