Sponsored by the Département du Bas-Rhin, France

7 November 2019 - 9.00-11.00 - ROOM 8 - Interpretation: FR/EN

With the multiplication of tools to access the internet, we are exposed to information at a very early age. In this digital age, of fast-paced and often biased information flows, how can we empower young people? They are the ones that share stories, posts and create the “information bubbles” of tomorrow. How can we train them to spot fake news? What tools can we give them to develop their digital skills and their critical thinking?

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Young Digital Leaders, Group of the European Youth for Change, Romania

Young Digital Leaders is a European programme aiming to empower young people aged 12-15 years through digital citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy skills, so that they can become tomorrow’s digital leaders. The project, developed in partnership with Google.org and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, was created in order to equip young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills they need to be safe, powerful and effective online citizens in the 21st century, and to explore new ways of teaching digital citizenship in formal educational settings in Europe.




Project Manager of the Young Digital Leaders initiative in Romania


Passionate about intercultural communication, travelling and storytelling, Ms. Adelina Dragomir is the Project Manager of the Young Digital Leaders initiative in Romania. Working as an expert in non-formal education for more than 6yrs, in her trainings she tackles subjects related to digital education, social activism, entrepreneurship, marketing, public speaking and personal branding. Her interaction with young people all over Europe has provided insights in their educational needs and led to a better knowledge of the proper methods to approach them, advantage she used while planning the Young Digital Leaders methods and curriculum with the partners from Google.org and ISD UK.

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Training of 20 media and information ambassadors, Département du Bas-Rhin, France

From January 2019 to summer 2019 during their civic service with the association “Unis-Cité”, 20 young people are welcomed as media and information ambassadors in 9 libraries from the network of Bibliothèque Départementale du Bas-Rhin (BDBR). Their mission is to develop an analytical capacity and a critical mind among information consumers and to contribute to the development of the vigilance and critical thinking of the audience they welcome, especially other young people and adolescents, through the organization of workshops, conferences and debates with professionals, escape games, tools to ensure the sustainability of actions after the departure of young people.




Bas-Rhin Departmental Councilor


MARCHAL Jean-François

Jean-François MARCHAL

Head of antennes Unis Cité Alsace


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How do adolescents get information? UNESCO, Argentina

This initiative explores how adolescents get their information from the web and defends the urgency of promoting digital and information literacy as a priority for public policies. This presentation explains the program developed by UNESCO in Latin America to incorporate Digital and Information Literacy in the school curriculum. This program transforms the current practices of using information among teenagers. While they look for information in social media -- where real and fake news are disseminated with much greater speed and credibility -- most students admit to having trouble identifying the reliability of a source.




UNESCO Consultant


Roxana Morduchowicz (PhD, University of Paris VIII) is from Argentina. She is a permanent consultant for UNESCO to develop media and information literacy programs. She has been one of the experts for the Media and Information Literacy curriculum developed by UNESCO for teachers all over the world. She created and coordinated the Media Literacy Program for the Ministry of Education of Argentina. Her latest book, “How do adolescents get information in the digital era” (Random House, 2018) focused on access and use of information by high school students. She had also been speaker in international conferences in Europe, Latin America and the US. Dr. Morduchowicz was also a Professor in Communication in the University of Buenos Aires.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



Senior Project Officer, Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education, UNESCO

Elodie Beth-Seo is a Senior Project Officer at UNESCO leading an educational initiative aimed at equipping children and young people with a strong ethical compass, critical thinking and at empowering them to promote just societies. She recently led the development of two UNESCO/UNODC handbooks for primary school teachers and secondary school teachers on Empowering students for just societies. Previously Elodie worked for UNDP, UNODC and the OECD in the area of governance, transparency, accountability and the rule of law.



Member of the Advisory Council on Youth to the Council of Europe


NISTOR Camelia

Camelia NISTOR

Freelance Trainer, Coach and Consultant




Journalist, Media Initiatives Center


Aren Melikyan is a multimedia journalist. He studied journalism  at the Yerevan State University, then worked as a TV reporter at the Public Television of Armenia. Currently he is employed as a media monitor and researcher for the "Union of informed citizens" NGO. Melikyan also works as a multimedia journalist for a number of regional media platforms, such as Chai-Khana.org. He is focused on documentaries and storytelling and interested in media studies.

LAB 1 - Human2.0. Youth and digital empowerment
Palais de l'Europe, Room 8 7 November 2019 - 9.00-11.00
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