Fundacja Wspierania Inicjatyw Rozwoju Lokalnego
Project’s title: Critical thinking workshop as a support and protection tool for young people against the effects of hate speech and fake news.
The main goal of the project was to equip youth workers with the ability to used critical thinking resources in ordered to support young people in consciously handling, processing, recognizing and reading information such as hated speech, fake news, populist and radical content and the ability to distinguish facts from opinions
Youth workers need support and new tools to be able to deal with the uncritical opinions of young people, with their radical claims and attitudes, with their conspiracy theories (also regarding the existence of the COVID-19 virus) and with their unconscious repetition of populist and false information drawn mainly from the Internet.
Thanks to this project, young people, who were the main target audience, received support from youth workers on how to consciously handle, process, recognize and read information such as hejt, fake news, populist and radical content, and how to distinguish fact from opinion. This has helped them guard against the radicalization and disinformation present in the mass media, especially on the Internet. Thus, the social awareness of the youth and their civic attitude towards disinformation and radicalism has also increased.
In addition, the critical thinking skills of youth workers were improved, which greatly enhanced the quality of their work.
In addition, thanks to the implemented project, a forum for the exchange of information between partners, on the new threats to young people, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, was created Partners who realized this project had the opportunity to discuss cooperation, in terms of supporting youth affected by the effects of the pandemic.
During the project, 3 key international project meetings were held to achieve the objectives and develop the results. In addition, as part of the implementation of the results, one project meeting was held for youth workers to test the e-learning platform tool produced during the project. Training for youth and youth workers, contributed to the preparation of the first group of leaders, who further multiplied the acquired knowledge among youth and taught other youth workers to use the new innovative tool. Held training workshops for young people, were conducted by youth workers who had previously tested the e-learning course according to the scenarios created for this purpose, which allowed to test and refine methods of working with young people on the topic, on an international level, which was also one of the objectives of the project. The project also included national webinars to reach more youth workers in all the countries participating in the project.
As part of the strategic partnership, partner organizations from Poland, Spain, Bulgaria and Hungary will create an innovative online platform with an e-learning course that deals with critical thinking and will be profiled in terms of countering hate speech, radical and populist content and fake news. The platform will also contain 10 ready-made scenarios of workshops for young people on the use of critical thinking to shape the ability to deal with radical and populist content.