Learn to Discern in Schools (L2D-S)

Learn to Discern in Schools (L2D-S)

Learn to Discern in Schools (L2D-S) seeks to equip the next generation of Ukrainian media consumers with the critical thinking and information consumption skills they need to detect and build resilience against misinformation, propaganda, and other forms of manipulation.

Learn to Discern in Schools brings IREX’s proven media and information literacy skill-building methodology to Ukrainian secondary schools through a transformative pilot initiative. The project works with Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science and an array of education sector stakeholders to develop instructional guidance and teacher materials for integration into existing school subjects and curricula.

Learn to Discern in Schools (L2D-S)

Learn to Discern in Schools (L2D-S) seeks to equip the next generation of Ukrainian media consumers with the critical thinking and information consumption skills they need to detect and build resilience against misinformation, propaganda, and other forms of manipulation.

Learn to Discern in Schools brings IREX’s proven media and information literacy skill-building methodology to Ukrainian secondary schools through a transformative pilot initiative. The project works with Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science and an array of education sector stakeholders to develop instructional guidance and teacher materials for integration into existing school subjects and curricula.

Quick Facts

  • IREX’s Learn to Discern in Schools pilot project works through 50 secondary schools in four cities across Ukraine: Chernihiv, Ternopil, Mariupol, and Dnipro.
  • The project builds on IREX’s Learn to Discern (L2D) approach to media and information literacy, which helps citizens recognize and resist disinformation, propaganda, and hate speech.
  • The unique methodology builds practical skills for citizens of all ages through interactive, context-specific training, videos, games, and other learning experiences.

Goals

Learn to Discern in Schools will support the next generation of Ukrainian media consumers to navigate increasingly complex information spaces and make informed decisions in their schools and communities by:

  • Teaching practical information and media literacy skills at secondary schools through a transformative pilot curriculum that builds on existing class subjects.
  • Engaging education sector partners and specialists in media literacy, curriculum design, and teacher training.
  • Ensuring Ukrainian teachers have the educational resources and institutional support needed to ensure that critical information consumption skills become an official and permanent part of secondary school curricula.
"Education is absolutely the key to cultivating smart media consumers and to countering disinformation… It is more important than ever that our children—our future leaders—develop critical thinking skills in order to sort out truth from fiction." US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch, Learn to Discern in Schools launch event

Project Activities

  • Pilot School Selection and Project Launch Event: IREX invited administrators from 50 Ukrainian secondary schools selected to participate in the project to a two-day launch event in February 2018. Participants received training in citizen media literacy and began planning for the pilot rollout in their schools.
  • Media and Information Literacy Curriculum Design: The project will establish a working group comprising experts in media literacy, teacher training, curriculum design, and related fields to develop instructional guidance and teacher materials for integration into three existing school subjects: history, Ukrainian language and literature, and arts and humanities. The working group will also support teacher training and rollout to students and monitor project challenges and results throughout implementation.
  • Teacher Training and Rollout to Students: IREX will provide training in the newly developed Learn to Discern in Schools curriculum for approximately three eighth- and ninth-grade teachers at each pilot school during summer 2018. Teachers will begin using the project materials in their regular instruction during fall 2018.
At a two-day launch event in February 2018, participants received training in citizen media literacy and began planning for the pilot rollout in their schools.

Partners

Public Affairs Section - US Embassy in Kyiv, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (United Kingdom), Ministry of Education and Science (MOES), Academy of Ukrainian Press, StopFake

Contact

Mehri Druckman, mdruckman@irex.org

People

Katya Vogt

IREX Ukraine Country Director/Senior Development Manager