FAke or FAct interview

Interview of Katarina from Slovakia 

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct“? What is the most important thing

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    you have learned during the training?

I perceive this project very positively. The topic of the project was very suitable for the present time. The organization of the project was at an excellent level as well as participants were also interested in the project topic and willing to share more about it. 

The project Fake or Fact taught me to distinguish fake news from reality. Distinguish the right website from the fake one. Nowadays, it is crucial to find websites with correct news and information because I personally do not want to spread fake news. Another essential thing is to follow the correct social networks profiles because there can be much fake news on social networks, so we should pay attention to what is on the media. 

 

  • In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation and fake news ? Do you have your own tips ? 

Young people often visit the social networks where most misinformation and propaganda is found. I think it would help us young people to spend time differently than on social media. Because the more time we spend in the online environment, the more we spread fake news and unverified information. I also think that we young people should support sites where they do not spread misinformation or pages where the information is verified. By sharing this site with our friends, we will reduce the spread of disinformation sites.

 

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community ?

I do not have an exact plan or procedure for sharing the information I learned on the project. However, I will always try to share accurate information and not spread disinformation between my family and friends. I will also try not to promote fake sites that try to anger people with their content, so before sharing I will always double check information written there to other accurate sites. Nowadays, “Covid” situation makes it very difficult to find sites that do not spread misinformation but during the project, we learnt different ways to find and check sites, and I would like to share this advice and methods with my family and friends.

 

FAke or FAct interview

Interview of Jiri from Slovakia

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “FAke or FAct “? What is the most important thing you have learned during the training?

Personally, I enjoyed this Training Course so much; it even exceeded my expectations. I loved the theme and the structure of the whole course. Organizers found a perfect balance between teambuilding and outdoor and educational activities, so we were never bored. Even during presentations, they always included some group creative activities to make them more interactive and exciting. I learned how to distinguish fake news from official and verified information. Firstly, we have learned about the history of fake news, the most common fake news, and how to spot them. Later on, we have learned about sources who are spreading this fake news, and we did one activity focused on fake news in our home countries. We finished the course with how to battle fake news and how to check our facts correctly. My favorite activity was the Deep Fake videos. They played us fascinating videos (including Ted Talk from one of the software creators that can generate deep fake videos). Then we discussed Deep Fake videos. Honestly, I found it quite scary how nowadays technologies can “make “someone say something that seems wholly legit but, in reality, is artificially produced video. I am glad I was part of this project as Fake News is one of the main problems of the 21st century, and I am so happy European Union is putting effort through projects like these to battle this issue.

 

  •  In your opinion, how can young people deal with propaganda, misinformation, and fake news? Do you have your tips?

We should talk about it more in schools beginning from elementary/middle school because this is the time of life where we are the most influenced by our surroundings. For example, the first time we talked about fake news in the educational environment was in university. As not everyone goes to university, I recommend giving kids lectures about fake news from a younger age. As young people can get very quickly influenced (I can see it by myself on some of my friends) I think it is also important we talk to them as peers and try to educate them in this matter so later they can find out on their own what is true and what is just rumor or fake news. Companies that own social media (as Facebook) should regulate their content more than they do nowadays. I also think politicians should implement more strict laws regulating information in online space. Nowadays, people can say almost anything without being prosecuted, spreading fake news with no fear.

 

  • How do you plan to share and use your knowledge in your local community?

As I am part of the organization Erasmus Student Network Masaryk University (ESN Muni Brno) at my university, I plan to implement all knowledge I gathered with international students at my university. As my organization works solely with international students studying at Masaryk university or local volunteers, my workshop would be for them. I am also part of the “Zvol si info- Mozkem proti Fake news “(Choose your information- With brain against fake news) project that students from the Faculty of Social Studies developed and which aim is to teach the younger generation about fake news. I will use all my new knowledge, and with my peers, we will revise our learning materials. I will see if we missed out on something and add something (for example, I know now we didn’t mention deep fake videos, so I will make an effort to get it included in the new updated version of our study materials).

 

FAke or FAct workshop

Workshop by Ovidiu from Romania

“The online workshop which I organized was held Tuesday 19th October with my fellow club members from the Toastmasters Organisation. It was the quickest solution to gather 12 interested participants of various age groups, occupations and genders. 

I found it quite challenging to squeeze almost one week of training into a one-hour seminar, so I focused the main purpose of the meeting on bringing awareness about the fake news issue in general and sparking some curiosity on how to gain practical knowledge to become media-literate. The feedback was positive as well as I also gave the presentation files to those who were more interested in the topic and would like to share more information about how to fight against fake news between other people from their community. 

In the future, I am open to continuing with another workshop on this topic”

 

 

FAke or FAct

Our project named “FAke or Fact” which took place between 4-12 of October, in Torremolinos (Spain), the aim was to prepare youth workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle fake news and reduce their negative effects on young people.

In this idea, our participants could contact politicians in order to alert and give proposition to fight fake news. Here, you could see some of them.

EuroChangeMakers #euroCM – Start of the project

On March 15, we mark the official start date of EuroChangeMakers #euroCM 18-month project, organized by GEYC in the frame of ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme, Civil Society Projects.
EuroChangeMakers comes as a response to the current democratic participation challenges faced in the past months in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to:

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Sharing experience – Nikola Velkov

If there is one thing in the world that should be regarded higher than all else, it should be the laying and upholding of a set of universal human rights. This is the foundation of a morally mature and functioning society. Unfortunately, in our quality of men, greed, envy and fear of change have always been a hurdle to the establishment of a world in which human rights are respected entirely and everybody is truly equal. This is where education comes into play.

“Everybody is born with human RIGHTS” was a training course which took place in the heart of EU, Brussels. During our 7 day stay there we got a solid grip on the theory and the application of the rights set by the UDHR and the ECHR. Our two trainers were passionate about improving us as human beings, both during the lectures and our free time.

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Sharing experience – Isabel Villarreal

Young people from different European countries met in Brussels to complete a course on human and minority rights.

  • Can you give us your opinion about the project “Everybody is born with RIGHTS”?

This was my first project, so I was a bit nervous at first, but I was very well received by both my colleagues and the organizers, who made sure that the experience was unforgettable. 

We carried out different workshops and activities that allowed us to get to know and deepen our knowledge oh human and minority rights, as well as their application today and possible future proposals in the EU. In addition, in spite of being a very difficult subject, the workshops were carried out in such a way that we were all able to understand and deepen the contents. 

Finally, this project not only allowed me to get to know the subject matter, but also allowed me to meet many people from other countries and make great friends. 

  • Why is promoting minority human rights so necessary and why we must fight for equality?

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Sharing experience – Jaime Pérez Terol

I was a participant in the project “Everybody is born with RIGHTS” that took place in Brussels between 31st August – 7th September. I really liked the projects and that was because of its topic. I am really interested in democratic processes, in human rights and in minorities.

During this project I had the opportunity to learn more about this topic and how they are implemented around Europe and worldly in general. It was nice how we addressed the field with role plays, debates, and presentations, which helped all of us to understand better the human rights situation.

Promoting human rights is important because everyone has to have the right to live a life with dignity. Also, if it is not for them (the minorities, developing regions, etc.) we should do it for us. If we assure human rights for everyone, we are assuring them for us in the future too. Moreover, the more people have human rights and opportunities to live a proper life, the more the world is going to progress.

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Sharing experience – Samuel eghagha

In my opinion the training course was really interesting. It was a really nice experience where I even got to know new people from other countries, and conseguently discover new cultures and traditions.
Thanks to this project I was able to learn new things.I would advise everyone to partecipate in this type of project because it gives the possibility to share opinion with people of other countries.
We must fight for human minorities beacause everyone is equal. Everyone should have the same possibilities. No one should be discriminated for any reason.
My favourite article was “article 14” beacause it’s always there, and it’s the most violated article. The most important thing I learned is how much important is sharing opinions with other people. Now with my. New knowledge I see things from different kinds of view, I’ll share my knowledge while discussing about this topics.