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On June 22nd 2021 the IN-EDU International Conference “Social Hacktivism across Europe – Media and Information Literacy Education for responsible and active citizenship” was held. The Conference took place in blended modality, hosting project partners and participants in Perugia, and international experts online. 

On June 22nd, at 3.00 p.m. CET, the IN-EDU International Event “SOCIAL HACKTIVISM ACROSS EUROPE. Media and Information Literacy Education for responsible and active citizenship” will be held!!

Project partners and international experts will gather online on Zoom and in real life at Barton Park in Perugia, to discuss Media Information Literacy Education in practice, and its role for promoting social activism among young people. The event will also be broadcasted on Facebook.
The event will host key note speakers Laura Bononcini, Public Policy Director for Facebook South Europe, and Alton Grizzle, Programme Specialist in Communication and Information at UNESCO.

Unlike many other competitions, the IN-EDU hackathon did not finish immediately after the best teams received their prizes, on the contrary – the participants were encouraged to realize their creative ideas by using the fund, provided by IN-EDU. The aim was to promote the topic of media and information literacy widely and to do it through the students, in their language, because they know best how to attract like-minded classmates and how to present this topic to their parents. The stimulus for the teams was not only the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice, but also to win the additional awards.

The results speak for themselves – for only 4 months the 6 awarded teams managed to engage more than 500 000 students and parents through their campaigns. They have used their creativity to produce content varying from simple educational posters and posts through interviews with public figures in the form of podcasts to guidebook for media and information literacy. All these materials were created after throughout research and were widely spread both online and offline. Thus they managed to help their audience to orientate better in the digital world.

Sofia Development Association as a major organizer of the IN-EDU international student camp accepted the challenge to make an online event for young people in the presence of a huge online fatigue and managed to make it exciting and interesting!

 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn,”
once said Benjamin Franklin. Obviously all of the speakers of IN-EDU camp agree with the quote since they managed to make such engaging presentations and discussions with the 60 students from Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia, who took part in the international camp. The projects of the students on the tasks, given by professionals from NGOs and Business sector, are a solid proof as well!

Do you want to work on a social cause and upgrade your knowledge of media and information literacy? Are you interested in topics such as “Greenwashing”, “Media literacy and the new way of journalism to fight against fake news”, “Equality” and “Animal rights”? Do you want to find solutions to real cases of international companies and organizations working in these fields?