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Media and Information Literacy skills of adults to develop critical thinking and combat fake news


Media literacy is a wide concept that, according to the definition elaborated by the EU Media Literacy

Expert Group (MLEG), includes all technical, cognitive, social, civic and creative capacities that allow a

citizen to access, have a critical understanding of the media and interact with it”. Media and information

literacy actions responding to this definition are quite widespread across Europe and there are various

studies available on national policies across Europe. What has been missing so far is a systematic

mapping of media literacy practices, skills, educational methodologies and actions across the EU.

On the other hand, media and information literacy is the key tool in the fight against disinformation.

During the period of the global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), beyond its impact on public health

and the economy, the coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a dangerous wave of

disinformation, putting the world's health at risk, hampering efforts to contain the pandemic, and fueling

criminal behavior. EU steps up efforts to tackle this 'disinformation epidemic' while ensuring freedom of

expression is protected.

In general, there are many definitions about media and information literacy and include different

terminologies. Regardless of the terminology we use—digital media literacy, information literacy, internet

literacy, or any of the other terms—the key point is that literacy includes the capacity to interact

intelligently with media and information sources. However, it is important to mention the absence of an

accepted definition of media literacy resulting in differences in how media literacy is understood within

EU countries.


In educational level, adults should be able to evaluate, consider, and make use of the incredibly wide

range of media and information available in the 21st century makes media and information literacy a

lofty objective. The MIL Skills project is focused to develop and increase the media literacy skills of adults

educators who will be able to recognize fight fake news, propaganda and misleading information and

improve their critical thinking skills and transfer this knowledge to other adults though the

implementation of workshops.

The MIL Skills project will aim to:


→ Support adult educators to develop their media and information skills

→ Introduce educational methodologies and effective teaching tools to adult educators which related

to these skills with the aim to transfer the knowledge to their learners

→ Support adults from disadvantaged groups to develop their media and information skills.


Target groups:


Direct Target group: Adult educators and Trainers

Indirect Target Group: Adults, adult education centers, Adult training providers working with disadvantaged

learners, Young adults with disabilities (18 to 30 years old).

About New East

​New East is a non-governmental organization which was founded in 2016 in Daugavpils, Latvia to work for new education, engaged citizens and positive change. Our main priorities are the development and access to new education in Eastern Europe, the promotion of public participation and positive change that helps develop the cultural landscape of the region. The organization's work extends beyond the region and the country, developing four areas - non-governmental culture, non- formal education, media space and community engagement programs. We work on an educational program for positive changes in the Eastern Europe cultural space.


The program is based on the formation of new values, non-formal learning opportunities and the presentation of successful examples of development. New East is a non-state cultural and educational program based on an interdisciplinary approach to solving local problems, involving the potential of residents to adapt the cultural code of the environment. This is an opportunity for the development of human capital and the creative environment.


Our projects are aimed at developing media literacy, critical thinking, creative industries, integration processes and a non-governmental cultural environment. New East is a non-governmental organization, whose objectives are:

> support non formal education in Eastern Europe, volunteering in the local and international level > be a free platform for discussion and reflection on important topics for our society ( topics like humiliation in society, natural pollution, healthy lifestyle, freedom of speech, intercultural dialog, social media, media, journalism, politic activities, culture identity, education etc.)

> to develop leisure time possibilities for our society, create informative space for different groups of society, to improve and harmonize initiative and spread examples of good practice in society, which could promote active involvement of children, youth and adults in more democratic society building, to popularize and actively use non-formal education methods in work with youth (X and Y generations), as well as identify cultural significance and the value of modern people’s life

> creating and developing programs focused on social positive change, interaction, and inclusion

1st Kick-off meeting Rīga, Latvia / 13 Alberta str.
23-24 JAN 204


About kick-off meeting

The first partners' meeting will take place in Riga, Latvia. It will be attended by two members from each project partner. The main purpose of the meeting is to coordinate the initial activities of the project, to define the dissemination strategy and to plan further activities.

Welcome to Latvia

Latvia – a country in the Baltic region of Europe – may be small, but its pristine Baltic sea coastline and traditions tend to surpass even more iconic destinations of Europe. It has become a real hidden gem for travelers who strive to look past Europe's larger and more well-visited countries in search of lesser-known beauty and historical charm. But exactly what is it that makes Latvia so special?

With the first glance, taste and sound, Riga will hook you with the dynamics of a thriving regional metropolis and the charm of a small historical town with postcard-worthy views on every corner. Its ever-changing kaleidoscope coincides with a new, surprising, and fun combination every day.


23.01.2024 - Day 1:

10:00 - 10:30: Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

  • Welcome and overview of the kick-off event.

  • Introduction of key project stakeholders.

10:30 - 12:00: Presentation of Organizations

  • New East (LV)

  • Innovation Hive (GR)

  • Balkan Bridge (BG)



  • EXEO (IT)

  • Syncnify (FR)

  • GRI (ES)

12:00 - 12:30: Coffee Break

12:30 - 13:00: Presentation of the Project

13:00 - 14:00: Project Tasks (Project Timeline)

  • Overview of project tasks and chronological project timeline.

14:00 - 14:40: Lunch

14:40 - 16:00: Teams Workshops

  • Allocation of tasks and discussion on how they will be executed.

  • Drafting event descriptions and adding them to a shared document.

16:00 - 17:00: Project Management Session

  • Explanation of work acceptance procedures.

  • Financial overview.

17:00: Partnership Agreement Signature and Family Photo

18:00: City Tour

19:30: Dinner and Non-Formal Networking

24.01.2024 - Day 2:

10:00 - 10:30: Quality Standards + Ethics, Data Protocols

10:30 - 11:00: Visual Identity Session

11:00 - 11:30: Public Communication Strategy Planning

11:30 - 12:00: What's Next?

  • Discuss potential changes in the project.

  • Information dissemination strategies.

12:00 - 12:20: System of Reports, Information Requests

12:20 - 12:40: Q&A Session

12:40 - 13:30: Coffee Break

13:30 - 15:00: Riga Attraction (Museum or Activity)

Note: The schedule of the program is left open for flexibility and to accommodate any adjustments needed during the event.

Visitor Information
Landmarks and Cultural Sites

Old Town (Vecrīga):

  • Address: Vecrīga, Riga, Latvia

  • A UNESCO World Heritage site with medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and iconic landmarks like St. Peter's Church and Riga Cathedral. 

Riga Castle:

  • Address: Pils laukums 3, Centra rajons, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

  • Historic residence of Latvian presidents, dating back to the 14th century. Symbolic of Latvia's political history.

Freedom Monument:

  • Address: Brīvības piemineklis, Brīvības bulvāris, Riga, Latvia

  • Symbol of Latvia's independence, honoring soldiers from the Latvian War of Independence. Featuring a statue of Liberty.

Dome Square (Doma laukums):

  • Address: Doma laukums, Centra rajons, Riga, Latvia

  • One of the largest squares in Riga, surrounded by historic buildings and the impressive Riga Dome Cathedral.

House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju nams):

  • Address: Rātslaukums 7, Centra rajons, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

  • A reconstructed building from the 14th century, symbolizing Riga's medieval heritage.

Central Market (Centrāltirgus):

  • Address: Nēģu iela 7, Centra rajons, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

  • One of Europe's largest markets housed in zeppelin hangars, offering a diverse range of goods.

Art Nouveau District:

  • Address: Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Riga, Latvia

  • Known for its concentration of beautifully decorated Art Nouveau buildings, particularly on Alberta Street.

Bastejkalns Park:

  • Address: Bastejkalns, Centra rajons, Riga, Latvia

  • A peaceful park along the City Canal, providing a break from the urban hustle.

Latvian National Opera and Ballet:

  • Address: Aspazijas bulvāris 3, Centra rajons, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

  • Grand building hosting a variety of performances, showcasing remarkable architecture.

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia:

  • Address: Strelnieku iela 1, Centra rajons, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

  • Offers insights into Latvia's 20th-century history, including Nazi and Soviet occupations.

Public Transport:

Bus Routes (No. 22 and No. 322) - transfer from/to RIX Airport

  • Tickets can be purchased at the airport from automated machines or from Narvesen store near the exit.

  • Exit the bus at "Stockmann" or "Forum Cinemas," both near Riga Center.

Minibus "Airport Express":

  • Tickets available at airport machines or Narvesen store near the exit.

Taxi and Ride-Hailing:


  • Find taxis at the designated stand at the airport exit.

  • Inform the driver of your destination and monitor the taxi meter.

Bolt (or similar ride-hailing services):

  • Download the Bolt app, log in, and enter the destination.

  • Consider pre-booking by choosing "Reserve Bolt" in the app.

Ensure a pleasant and smooth visit to Riga!


The project is financed with the support of the European Union administered in Latvia by the State Education Development Agency. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in. Discover more about European Solidarity corps projects here

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