Pestalozzi European Modules: Media literacy based on human rights (ML)



“Media literacy based on human rights” is the fifth module series of the Pestalozzi programme. It was preceded by a Think Tank event in late 2007 which sought to identify provisional answers to three key questions:

  • Which media literacy?
  • Which competences, skills, attitudes and values?
  • Which way of developing these competences, skills, attitudes and values?

The report of this think tank provides the basis for the module series which will gather around 35 education professionals from the signatory states of the European Cultural Convention.

Module A will take place on 8-10 October 2008 at the ECML in Graz, Austria, and the working languages are English and French.

Participants come from the signatory states of the European Cultural Convention and there are also a few places for participants from the southern Mediterranean. For details on the required profile of participants and the conditions of participation, please consult the DESCRIPTION of the module series.

The modules series aims at

  • developping knowledge on the responsible use of new media and on production of content in today media environment on the basis of human rights
  • identifying the competences young people need to develop to be responsible consumers and active producers in the new media context
  • elaborating and promoting the appropriate methodologies to develop these competences and educate young (and not so young) people to the appropriate and ethical use of today’s’ media tools
  • developping training resources adapted to diverse educational contexts

The module series is not conceived as a “technology” training course i.e. to train participants in the use of new media. It will rather focus on responsible and ethical use of the new media on the basis of human rights.

It will do so by offering training and activities along the following lines

  • CoE standards and work in this field:
  • New media environment and the competences, skills and attitudes necessary to become a responsible user and producer of content (human rights, human dignity, freedom of expression, rights to privacy, ethics of communication, etc) .
  • Collaborative development of training resources through group work, centered on subject content, appropriate methodologies and competences development.
  • Piloting of training resources and reporting on the piloting experiences in non-formal and formal settings.
  • Continued collaborative work over a period of 12 months, with the aim of developing a network of trainers committed to multiplying the training principles in their field.

After the first 12 months of collaboration, active members will be called upon to continue working with the CoE by linking the Pestalozzi network of trainers with other CoE programmes.