April 21, 2014

EVENTS: European Youth Summit

CfA: European Youth Summit: 100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region, Sarajevo, 4-8 June 2014

Europe is, just as 100 years ago, at a crossroad. This June, Sarajevo, just as one century ago, will be the center of the World. Only this time, the reason will be much more pleasant. European Youth Summit, with a symbolic title "100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region" will be held in Sarajevo from 04-08 June 2014. This event will bring 100 young leaders from the countries of the Danube region and South-East Europe.

Participants of the Summit will have a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges Europe and the region are facing nowadays, not just among themselves, but also with the key decision makers with different backgrounds - politics, civil society and extinguished academic members of the community. Another aspect of the Summit are the workshops, which will provide participants with an opportunity to acquire more practical knowledge and skills from wide range of areas. Organizers of the event are regional members of the Forum Alpbach Network from Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Partners of the project are European Forum Alpbach, Danube Competence Center and University of Sarajevo.

We are pleased to invite all the interested young people, students, graduates, entrepreneurs, young professionals and civil society representatives to send their applications until 20 April 2014.

The application form and all other information regarding the project and organizers are available at www.alpbach.org/en/sarajevo2014

OPPORTUNITIES: Open Call for Bloggers (HONG KONG)

UNICEF HK ‘Voices of Youth’ is recruiting youth bloggers to bring children and youth together to discuss and raise awareness on the issues affecting their lives through multimedia content such as text, images, audio and video bites.
Join us if you are:
  • Full-time secondary and tertiary students
  • Responsible, independent and a good team player
  • Passionate about social issues and the wellbeing of children
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Familiar with online community
more info

April 17, 2014

NEWS: TFO Digital Content, TV Shows Nominated at Youth Media Alliance 2014

Groupe Média TFO and its production partners have received 12 Prix d'excellence of the Youth Media Alliance (YMA) nominations for digital content and shows.
Winners will be announced at a gala to be held on May 27, at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montréal.
"Over the last years, TFO has seized every opportunity to offer rich and unique programming for children and youths, making it accessible to consumers wherever and whenever they want. I must give special congratulations to the producers, whose creativity and expertise enrich our programming, a veritable well of high quality educational content for parents and children," said Laurent Guérin, Executive Director of Web and Television Content at Groupe Média TFO.
For more info and a list of the nominated productions, please click here

April 14, 2014



16 June 2014 (All day) - 17 June 2014 (All day)



Organized by

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing a two-day Youth Forum on 16-17 June 2014 in Warsaw. The Youth Forum will bring together 35 youth leaders, age between 25-35, from South-East Europe as well as Central and Western Europe, Canada and the USA to discuss challenges to youth political participation in the 21st century and ways to overcome these. The final outcome of the Youth Forum will be a number of recommendations on how the OSCE and its institutions can better assist participating States to meet their commitments and obligations on the inclusion of youth in democratic processes.

The Youth Forum will involve three categories of young leaders – representing the following categories:

  1. Voice: This relates to informal forms of political participation and focuses on online activism. Ideal candidates include representatives of social media groups and bloggers.
  2. Influence: This relates to semi-formal forms of political participation and focuses on civil society organizations active in advocating and lobbying for changes to policies. We are looking for leaders who want to influence politics but do not want to do so through formal structures.
  3. Governance: This relates to formal mechanisms of political participation such as political parties and governance institutions. Ideal candidates are leaders such as young politicians and members of parliaments, government representatives, city councilors, policy and political advisors.

Accommodation and travel costs for the event will be covered by the OSCE/ODIHR.

Please apply by submitting your offline application and recent Curriculum Vitae. OSCE/ODIHR will be selecting the participants.

Submit your application no later than 12 May 2014 to youth@odihr.pl 

For more information about the OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum and the selection procedure, please click here.


April 10, 2014

EVENTS: First European Media Literacy Forum

The First European Media Literacy Forum will be held on May 27 and 28, 2014 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This conference is funded by the European Commission and UNESCO into the Media LiteracyAction, and co-organized by the EMEDUS  Project and the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación (UAB), within the frame of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Mediaand Information Literacy (GAPMIL). The Forum will bring together governments, audio-visual authorities, institutions, experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of promoting media and information literacy in Europe, discussing MIL policies at a European level and fostering cooperation and initiatives at national and European levels.

The main objective of the forum is to contribute to the establishment of a reinforced European media literacy policy oriented towards theinclusion of Media Education in European school curricula. In addition, it also aims at promoting the development of media literacyinitiatives in the field of non- formal and informal education as well as paying special attention to disadvantaged groups.  

This conference will foster debate and cooperation among institutions, experts, industry professionals, schools and the media as well as among political and regulatory authorities with the purpose of promoting media literacy. 

The event will also encourage the creation of diverse collaborative platforms such as the European Chapter of the Global Alliance Partners in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), the European Media and Film Literacy Observatory, and other initiatives.
Link to the programme.


April 9, 2014

EVENTS / COURSES: Eurovision Academy Master Class: Digital media literacy for younger audiences

Not promoting this, just putting it out for your information. Check the website for prices and dates.

"Rapid transformations in the digital media landscape have put increasing pressure on individuals to navigate highly complex technologies, risking digital exclusion, consumer detriment, low participation and growing inequality” (LSE 2013 Media Policy Briefing)

Promoting media literacy is a public service media commitment and PSM organizations are in a unique position to help audiences develop their digital media literacy skills and confidence to fully participate in modern society.

  • But what are the essential elements required to create an effective strategy for promoting digital media literacy?
  • What do existing initiatives from PSM organizations look like?
  • What role can PSB organizations play?

In addition to answering these questions, this Master Class will also help broadcasters and partners create new dynamic project ideas, designed toimprove the digital media literacy skills of audiences, especially children.

WEBSITES: FilmEd website launched

FilmEd is a one year European Commission supported study entitled “Showing films and other audio-visual content in European Schools – Obstacles and best practice” which aims to support the European Commission in its current efforts to develop a European wide media literacy policy, especially on the inclusion of European films in school curricula.

It is being carried out by a Consortium composed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the European Think Tank on Film and Film Policy, CUMEDIAE – Culture and Media Agency and AEDE -The European Association of Teachers. The study will last until October 2014 and will cover the 28 Member States of the European Union, the EEA Member States and Switzerland.

Visit the FilmEd website

Source: Media & Learning news (4/2014)

April 7, 2014

NEWS / EVENTS: Non-formal education week (ROMANIA)

Every year in Romania, the Ministry of Education dedicates one week in April to non-formal and extracurricular educational activities. All institutions, teachers and pupils are encouraged to participate in a range of diverse cultural actions.

The Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in Romania, and the country-wide network of active youth panellists, will take this as an opportunity to teach children and teachers about online safety issues. This is why, this year, in all 13 cities with active youth panels, informative sessions will be held in schools between 7-11 April. Most activities will use non-formal techniques in order to stimulate children and teachers’ participation in creating a safer and better online environment, both for them and their community. Besides activities in schools, some of the youth panellists have decided to organise flash mobs, followed by informative sessions in visible public places in their city.

full article

NEWS: Australia’s youth get their own Digital Community Radio platform

Young people across Australia not only have another choice of radio channel, but also a new broadcast training platform, following the launch of digital community radio channel, SYN Nation.

Launched by Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the service brings together programming produced and presented entirely by communities of young people around Australia, starting with Byron Bay (NSW), Canberra and Hobart (Tasmania), along with Melbourne, Warrnambool and Gippsland in Victoria.