SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

IN-EDU project

The project IN-EDU – INclusive communities through Media literacy & Critical Thinking EDUcation - contributes to the enhancement of the media literacy and critical thinking among learners, teachers and parents by empowering them to become aware and active promoters of inclusive media literacy actions in their communities. In doing so, the project intends to impact on the wider communities thus play a part in preventing marginalization and countering inequality.

In today’s digital age, media literacy becomes a key competence for civic and political participation and is linked to other competences that foster both knowledge and values consistent with the main principles of the EU. Critical thinking includes, among other skills, the ability to distinguish information from propaganda, to deconstruct media communication and to interact with social media and multiple sources of information in a mindful way. Dealing with such a multiplicity is very challenging and an important social aspect, in particular, in order to learn to recognize diversity in opinion which does not infringe on the rights of the others and does not exclude them.

Тhe urgent challenges that the project intends to address:

• Risk of radicalization and consequent diminishing of the free of speech and expression, at the basis of democratic values in Europe and beyond.
• Need of being prepared and competent for understanding the abundance and easy-to-access online information, being able to identify sources and create one own’s opinion respectful of the others’ opinion.
• Lack of or decreased productive and supportive cooperation among the main categories with socially recognised educational role: teachers and parents/families.
• Increasing phenomena of fake news production/diffusion and hate speech that undermine democratic and inclusive communities.

To address these issues and needs, the IN-EDU project envisions a variety of activities:

• Analytical activities: a participatory needs assessment relating to problem definition, available resources, possible solutions and community engagement is helpful to better target these interventions; assessment reports and a comparative report on media literacy education.
• Learning activities: National and international trainings for teachers on topics of media analysis skills, using media and digital technologies for inclusive education, civic competences and social media, etc.
• Community actions for media literacy: developing modules for students on media literacy and pilot teaching; engaging students and teachers in interactive events like civic hackathons and international student camp.
• Stakeholder engagement and dissemination: initiatives with schools, media organizations, local NGOs, online presence and campaign.

IN-EDU project partners:
FORMA.Azione srl, Perugia, Italy – Lead partner
Sofia Development Association
Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights, Osijek, Croatia
Foundation for Improvement of Employment Possibilities PRIZMA, Maribor, Slovenia
DZZD Obuchenie, Bulgaria
Istituto Tecnico Economico Tecnologico Aldo Capitini Perugia, Italy
IREX Europe, France
The Catering and Tourism School Osijek, Croatia – Associated partner

Funding EU’s programme: Erasmus +
Call: EACEA/10/2018 Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education, training and youth
Duration: 31.01.2019 – 31.01.2021

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