New content on TALMIL, the Balkan media education platform
The “Media in the Balkans” section of the site was expanded to include a contextual analysis of the state of press freedom, which presents the media landscape in each country and details the level of media education.
This educational tool, aimed at young people and teachers from six Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), was developed by CFI, in partnership with the Cooperation and Cultural Action departments of the French embassies in those countries.
TALMIL provides resources, in the languages spoken in the region, as well as French and English, for the teaching of media and information education. This enables young people of college age to learn and gain information about the subject, while teachers can find practical tools for workshops with the students.
Developing critical thinking
By visiting the Teachers’ section, teachers can acquire or consolidate knowledge on media and information education aimed at young people aged 15 to 19 and access activities to use. One section, entitled Online library, takes you to current educational resources and good practices. Finally, the Youth section is aimed directly at 15 to 19-year-olds and provides tools to help them familiarise themselves with the media, test their knowledge and carry out practical activities.
Although there are already some media and information education schemes in place within the region, the TALMIL platform adopts a regional approach with the aim of offering online “turn-key” or “à la carte” educational content, in local languages, that is adaptable to the contexts of the various countries and the needs of the teachers. Almost 70 media education workshops have already been organised for over 1200 young people and others are currently in preparation.
Their aim is to provide the skills required to better decipher news information and media and to develop the critical mindset of this next generation.