New workshops on digital participation & media competences

The Fellows of Understanding Europe have developed six new workshops on topics related to young people's participation in the digital space. They are designed for peer-to-peer education and follow a low-threshold, inclusive and diversity-oriented approach.

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The workshops will become part of Understanding Europe‘s educational work but are equally aimed at external young trainers, teachers and multipliers throughout Europe. All workshops and materials are available freely in German and English. Discover them here:

  • A Path to Digital Citizenship” – This workshop by Kansu Ekin Tanca aims to raise awareness of our rights and responsi­bilities online by prioritising digital participation, valuing active and responsible digital citizens, and highlighting that children and young people should fully enjoy their rights online.
  • First European Moment” – Elena Popescus workshop aims to teach young people how to create a social media campaign on topics related to Europe. It is meant to help the participants experience their first European Moment in the digital world.
  • Democracy, inclusion & participation in the age of social media“ – This workshop by Farah Abdi tackles the problem of mis- and underre­pre­sentation of marginalised groups by encouraging young people to use social networks as platforms to organize and to advocate for diversity and inclusion.
  • Digital Active Citizenship in Local Communities” – This workshop by Davit Manukyan seeks to empower young people to exercise active citizenship on digital platforms they are used to. It draws from the assumptions that many young people have the willingness to be more politically active, however, lack capacity to seize the opportunities provided by digital spaces.
  • Discriminatory language and narratives in the media” – In their workshop, Gabriela Mayungu and Firas Hallak address discriminatory language and images in media coverage. The goal of their workshop is to develop a critical view of dominant narratives in the media and to strengthen digital media skills of young people.
  • Faster than the Algorithm” – The workshop by Naz Al-Windi and Fanus Ghorjani introduces young people to the topic of algorithms. It aims to draw attention to the fact that algorithms fundamentally change the democratic public sphere and have great influence on opinion-forming and decision-making processes.

The workshops have been developed as part of our fellowship programmes “Digital Europe” and “Media & Democracy” which are implemented in cooperation with the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and SPIEGEL Ed respectively.