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Project Name

DisinformACTION - End of the school workshops in France!

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DisinformACTION! - Counter Climate Change Disinformation through youth E-participation is a 24-month project implemented by a consortium of 4 organizations (GEYC - Romania, RESOPA - France, MiHi - Latvia and EuroMuevete - Spain) with the general objective of fostering the ability of young people to identify online climate change disinformation and misinformation, while at the same time encouraging them to become active citizens in their local communities when it comes to issues related to climate and environment.

The workshops aimed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to identify and counter misinformation and disinformation surrounding climate change, while also empowering them to find their voice and stand up for issues related to climate change. 

 

The workshops were conducted using an interactive and participatory approach. The methodology involved the following steps: 

a. Selection of participating schools based on their interest and commitment; 

b. Signing a collaboration protocol with the schools, stating all the details of the collaboration; 

c. Conducting a qualitative research among the students through pre and post questionnaires, designed to measure the level of knowledge and confidence in the topics before and after the workshops;

c. Facilitation of the workshop sessions in each country designed to be engaging, informative, and age-appropriate. 

d. Use of multimedia resources, group discussions, case studies, and interactive activities to enhance learning.

The workshop covered the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Critical online citizens

  • Chapter 2: Effective online communication

  • Chapter 3: Climate Change Ambassadors

  • Chapter 4: Digital tools for e-participation

 

The order of the chapters is different from the application stage, as during the process of creating the methodology and activities, the partners noticed that it is more logical to switch two of the chapters (3 and 4).

 

The workshops were delivered by experienced facilitators who combined their expertise on the topics with pedagogical skills. The sessions were designed to be interactive, fostering active student participation. The delivery approach included several non-formal education methods, among which: 

a. Engaging multimedia presentations to convey information effectively. 

b. Group discussions to encourage critical thinking and knowledge sharing. c. Hands-on activities to enhance understanding and application of concepts, as well as different digital tools. 

d. icebreakers and team building activities

e. debates, simulations

France:

We had a hard time finding partners for the workshop's implementation. We contacted in total around 15 schools. Almost all contacted schools said that it was too late in the scholar year to arrange this kind of partnership.  However, we managed to develop a partnership with 1 school named EPLEFPA from Marmilhat (https://marmilhat.fr/) and we reached 49 students from 2 classes , aged 15-17 years old. We applied the previously developed Climate Change Ambassadors Methodology, split into 2 days (since all the activities last around 4 hours, it was too much for just 1 day, which is why we agreed with the schools to have 2 hours in one day, 2 hours the next day).

By analysing both our pre and post-surveys, we can confirm that the students got a better idea of the definition of climate change.

Everyone answered being able totally or partially to better understand the disinformation related with climate change. A big percentage said that they will surely behave differently online after participating in the workshop.

The majority said in the survey that they acquired new competences.They had a hard time getting in touch with the Canva tool but they managed to produce something successfully. Most say that they will surely use this tool in the future. The school is really happy with our partnership and wants to go further with us in the next steps of the project.

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