If we listen to the evaluations written by the participants in the training course ‘Mainstreaming Media Literacy and Thinking Competences, the activity, organized by the Fundació Catalunya Voluntària, achieved the objectives in a more than satisfactory way.

Asked the whole group about their degree of perception of the level of fulfillment of the 7 objectives of the course, the assessments, written freely and anonymously by the whole group on the last day give us quite positive results.

The average assessment of the level of compliance with the 3 general objectives of the activity was 8.4 out of 10, the 3 average values being 8.6; 8.7 and 7.9 and the 3 general objectives being the following:

  • Popularize media literacy and thinking skills in working with young people.
  • Collect and create tools that we can use to encourage other youth NGOs to organize activities for the development of thinking capacities.
  • Collect and create tools that we can use to encourage other youth NGOs to organize activities for media literacy development. 

The assessment of the 4 specific objectives of the course has been even better, being rated with a very close to the excellent score, the average value of the score being 8.88 in the first three and 8,7 in the fourth, the 4 specific objectives of the activity being the following:

  • Reflect and understand the relevance and complexity of both competitions in these especially difficult times, and its connection with our role as youth entities.
  • Form a team of people motivated to create and implement valid educational activities to develop these skills throughout the project. 
  • Learn new non-regulated and intercultural activities, approaches and tools. 
  • Acquire new ideas and inspiration to develop new activities dedicated to the improvement of both competences. 

Asked the whole group of participants about the 4 competencies that were selected more than a year and a half ago as the most relevant for such training, which remain valid today because of its close relationship with the results to which we aspire, the activities allowed to develop these competences with a note, also, of remarkable high, being the leadership competence the least valued, with 7.7 (always about 10) and, the best valued, the ability to work in a network, with a note of 9.24, despite the fact that neither of the two competencies were part of the program of the course nor of any of its activities.

The other two competencies, protagonists, yes, both of the activities of the program and of the overall project, despite their complexity and the difficulty to explore them in such a limited time (we have dedicated a day to each of them) have also been rated at a high average score: 8.76 out of 10 for media literacy, and 8.84 for thinking skills, results that cannot be more satisfactory. 

We would like to thank, once again, Théo, for his logistical support, Miguel, Miriam and Elemér, for their collaboration in the creation and implementation of the program of activities, as well as the excellent group of 14 participants, representatives of the 5 entities, a group composed mostly of heads of the partner entities, technicians, project managers and educators. 

Thank you all for your active participation, comments, proposals and contributions in the program. 

This learning activity, coordinated by the Fundació Catalunya Voluntària, took place in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona) from 16 to 21 February, in partnership with the 5 partners of the strategic cooperation project for innovation and the exchange of good practice ‘Mainstreaming Media Literacy and Thinking Competences in Youth Work’: Amarante Youth Centre (Portugal), Co-Efficient-EKE Association (Hungary), United Societies of Balkans (Greece) and Associazione InformaGiovani (Italy). Activity carried out with the support of the Erasmus + programme of the European Commission.

For more information on upcoming project activities: projectes@catalunyavoluntaria.cat 

Lluc Martí

Project coordinator