Context The Romanian educational system has suffered numerous reforms in the last 20 years the reforms mainly involed adapting it to the modern society emphasis on ICT, e-learning, social competencies and more recently entrepreneurship and only some interest in media education
Media educationHow is it defined? Ability to read and properly understand media messagesWho provides it? Mainly NGOs through various programmes A few schools which offer media education as a complementary courseTo what age groups? Highschool students Sometimes secondary school students
Media education – BestPractices The media education programme 1997-2008 ran by Active Watch – the Press Monitoring Agency dedicated to highschool students and their teachers aim: to promote media education and create an appropriate curriculum for a complementary course to train teachers in the field of media education
Media education – Bestpractices Achievements 1997-2008 Competencies in mass media became a complementary course of the national curriculum A teacher`s guide was created The development of different research programmes aimed at setting a theoretical and empirical base for future efforts in this domain Media education courses for teachers are currently still being delivered on a constant basis Mostly only involved the southern part of the country
Media education – Bestpractices The SHARP – A Project for Sharing and Re/Presenting project (Active Watch and ELMI Foundation through the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU) The project took place in April 2011 and was addressed to 20 students aged 11-14 years old from Slatina, a small town in the south of Romania They developed mini-audivisual projects based on their daily interests (graffitti, football, dancing, music etc.) and concerns (prejudicies about their school, the way people behave etc.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7mvqLCsIbY
Media education – Bestpractices EducaTIFF Started in 2009 as part of the Transilvania International Film Festival efforts of supporting media and cinema education Aim: to create an educated film audience at an early age to complement the Romanian national educational curriculum Includes screenings of films especially created for children and teenagers and support materials for discussing them afterwards Audience 2009-2011: 3.500 students
Issues remaining Not yet promoted enough in schools; lack of media and film literacy competencies in the school national curriculum Unless beneficiaries of a media education project most teenagers are not aware of it and deprived of such an important tool in life Most projects and implemented by NGOs E-Learning much more developed that media education
This presentation was prepared within framework of the international training course ’’MediaED Lab’’. 8-days training course"MediaED LAB" took place from 07.05.2012 to 16.05.2012 and connected 26 young professionals who are working to advancemedia literacy among youth - the ability to interpret, understand and evaluate media and its messages and to produce mediacontent. "MediaED LAB" aims to create critical, knowledgeable and responsible leaders of creative and mediaeducation, capable of initiating, developing and embedding new understandings and techniques in their learning space.Information about state of media education in different European countries was shared and participants learnt and exchangedmethods, tools and strategies that can be used to develop and implement media literacy workshops and courses for pupils, themost vulnerable consumers of media. Project took place in Latvia and involved non-governmental organizations working in thefield of media education from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia andFrance.This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This presentation reflects the views only of theauthor, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.