Natalia Grîu, one of the authors of the Media Education textbook, and Dumitru Stoianov, journalist and fact-checker, were the two trainers who helped teachers discover the area of media education.
Oxana Iuteş, Internews representative in Moldova, noted at the beginning of the event that “media literacy represents our daily life – what we listen to, read, and see on TV.” “Why is this training important to you? Because you are the ones who contribute to the growth of the new generations of adults, who must have their own opinion and think critically so that tomorrow they can make decisions. It is very important for a person to make decisions on their own, not to be manipulated, and to be a worthy citizen in the society in which they live,” Oxana Iuteş said.
For three days, 15 teachers acquired new media skills, exploring the content of the Media Education textbook for middle school. Guided by the trainers, the participants used a series of interactive tools to get to know the content of the textbook and to be able to use it during lessons.
Together with Natalia Grîu, the participants discussed the quality and diversity of information, the perception of the educational message of a film, online aggression, or how students can become media creators in the digital age. Journalist Dumitru Stoianov focused on audiovisual media, online security methods, and internet addiction.
The training participants were convinced that media education is a necessary discipline. “I am absolutely sure that the information accumulated during these days must reach students. They use media resources very actively, and this knowledge will be extremely useful for them to feel safe in the virtual space and to critically perceive media messages,” is convinced the teacher Mariana Crasnoşec from the gymnasium in Budai village of Taraclia district.
To date, the IJC has trained 171 primary school teachers, 150 middle school teachers, and 97 high school teachers. The optional subject Media Education has been taught in Moldovan schools since 2017, being included in the Framework Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Research of the Republic of Moldova at all three levels of education – primary, middle, and high school.
This training was organized by the Independent Journalism Center in partnership with Internews in Moldova, as part of the “Increasing Support for Independent Russian-Language Media Outlets and for Media Literacy Efforts” project. The project is funded by the Netherlands Embassy.