In the modern world the media plays a significant role. It shapes and makes opinions and it is a powerful tool to shape the reality of the world. The role of the media in any society can be both negative and positive, but the society should also know how to perceive media.
Civic Forum together with its partners came up with an idea of a youth exchange which gave opportunity to 48 young people from 8 countries (Estonia, Malta, Italy, Portugal, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova) to get together and talk about their view on media, about the role that media plays in their life and also got a chance to “play” media to understand how objective or how bias topics related to Human rights, civic liberties and issues concerning youth are covered in the media. The participants of this exchange had an opportunity to put themselves in shoes of an editor, reporter, publisher, media owner, etc. We used different methods of non formal education to achieve the objectives of our exchange which were:
- To make sure that the actual exchange of ideas, experiences and realities took place among participants of the exchange,
- To stimulate the dialogue among participants about issues of common interest: human rights, cultural integration, mutual respect and understanding, access to education, civic liberties, etc.,
- To support the development of their common European identity,
- To understand clearly the role of media in today’s world,
- To encourage critical thinking towards media products,
- To have a strong local impact by involving young people from the local neighborhood,
- To encourage their active participation in decision making and shaping processes,
- To develop their traditional and nontraditional media skills.
The Exchange lasted 10 days took place in Dilijan, Armenia from 6-15 October., 2012.