Youth Exchange „Media Tools for Active Youth“

Project Date: 26.09-04.10.2020

Project Venue: Marmaris, Turkey

Project Organizer: JuBuK

Project Partners from 6 countries: 

ASOCIATIA GEYC (Romania), ULUSLARARASI GENÇLİK DAYANIŞMASIDERNEĞİ (Turkey), Camara Municipal da Guarda (Portugal), YOUTH BCN (Spain), SDRUZHENIE BALGARSKI MLADEZHKI FORUM (Bulgaria), Tavo Europa (Lithuania)

Project Description: 

Youth exchange “Media Tools for Active Youth” took place in Marmaris, Turkey from 26.09-04.10.2020.
In the youth exchange 42 participants took part including 20 participants with fewer opportunities in the age of 18-30. Countries involved: Turkey, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal.

Working Methods:
Youth exchange ‘Media Tools for Active Youth” included different non-formal based learning activities tailored to the profiles of the participants. During the activity days, the participants will firstly take part in getting to know each other activities (name games, ice-breakers), team-building activities. After creating open and safe atmosphere the participants focused on key issues of the youth exchange: media literacy, analyzing media messages, critical thinking, and working on new media messages. During the youth exchange, the participants took part in interactive presentations, debates and discussions, simulations, theater based activities. At the end of the project, the participants increased their knowledge of Erasmus + Programme and had an opportunity to work on developing new project ideas in mix-intercultural teams.
Every group included 6 people (5 participants and 1 group leader), including 3 participants with fewer opportunities facing cultural differences, geographical obstacles, refugees and economic obstacles.

Objectives of the project:

  • to increase capacities of young people, including young people with fewer opportunities, to analyse digital/social media
    and to send own messages;
  • to increase critical thinking and active involvement of young people in discussion on the importance of media literacy;
  • to raise awareness of young people about the importance of media literacy with special focus to be paid to news;
  • to foster debate on tools of verification and fact – checking, digital media security, freedom of expression;
  • to increase key learning competencies including communication in foreigner language, cultural aware awareness, social
    and digital competencies;
  • to raise knowledge and understanding

Feedback from the participants:

Dilan:

I spend the last week of October with other participants from Germany in Marmaris, Muğla in Turkey. 42 people in total, six of each country, came together from Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey through Erasmus+ motivated by the idea of learning about media literacy, the opportunity of cultural exchange to develop oneself and extending the horizons. The good weather was an addition. At the first day we kicked- off with the Opening of the Youth Exchange and getting to know each other. We learned about the basics needed for media literacy, for example the various types and appearances of media and its power to influence. With questions like how many hours do we spend in front of the screen, we were made aware of the presence of media in our life and the extent of information input throughout the day. Media means power, power through the way information is presented, for example censored or stories amplified, and people are influenced one way or another. Media literacy is the ability to analyse different forms of media and the message within. Media is an instrument for communication and media literacy means to critically evaluate the meaning behind the way the information is presented. If you can decrypt and analyse the presented information objectively, you are also able to create content on your own and are aware of the influence and power. With lots of teambuilding activities and changing constellation every session (sometimes more than once) gave the opportunity to talk to new members every time. The day started with well mixed groups at the breakfast and ended with gatherings at the beach to talk and hang out. With cultural nights, every evening another country was presented by the national teams. Typical national dishes and cultural peculiarities and traditions were presented so everyone moved one step closer. It was very exciting to learn about the countries from the view of people living in the country and in addition breaking stereotypes. The free time was used for intern bounding, exploring the city- centre and sight- seeing spots and activities together. These varied from hanging out at the beach or a boat trip to hiking in the morning.On another day, each country was given the opportunity to lead a session and teach the others. With methods like “the problem tree” or “the thinking hats” everyone was introduced to some methods for analysing. We learned about different types of education and tools for empowering the youth.We dive deeper in the topic by discussions about censorship, social media, trends and campaigns and all in all the possibilities and the future of media literacy. One part is the understanding of media content, another one is to create content oneself. We learned handling various programs for the computer or smartphone and tools to create and present content on our own e.g. online campaigns and for the currently taking place project. We got creative and developed several new ideas for projects as well. All in all, it was so much fun and an enlightening and great experience I would recommend everyone.

Florin:

„Media Tools for Active Youth“ was the topic of the Erasmus+ youth exchange I took part in for the duration of one week. The project took place in Içmeler located in southern Turkey directly by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Being accommodated in a hotel close to the beach, a sunny weather forecast gave the whole group, consisting of ~40 participants from seven different countries, perfect conditions for a fully-motivated and productive week. Even though there were a lot of precautions and safety measures due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the participants didn’t face any trouble to connect and break cultural or linguistic barriers. The organizers made sure of that by presenting many different games and tasks in order to getting to know each other, such as name games, speed-dating or morning energizers. The workshops across the week have been covering various prerequisites to seize the more than ever important topic Media Literacy, with every country group leading through one particular concept. From the distinction of different forms of education to detecting and solving problems and even role-playing with colored hats – many theoretical approaches were discussed in order to obtain a broader view on media in general. This knowledge then was applied on analyzing miscellaneous pieces of media; whether it was a video, a picture, text message or street art, every single one was thoroughly discussed within smaller international groups and afterwards presented in the big group. Later everyone would work on creating promotional and press footage themselves, providing a lot of freedom for creativity on how to design and communicate information. I personally enjoyed creating a newspaper based only on some photos the most.Since working groups were always newly assigned after each task, the whole group grew together very quickly and it was always certain to meet each other at the beach during lunch break or one of the plenty free evenings. Other evenings would see every country hosting a cultural night, providing information, games or dances as well as delicious food from their respective homeland. Another unforgettable part of the project was the joint boat trip around the scenic coastline of Muğla and visiting the city of Marmaris in the evenings. All in all, I had an amazing time, learning a lot about perception and creation of media, from different cultures and interesting people while practicing and fostering my language skills – an experience I recommend everyone to have once in their lifetime.

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