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CIAC researcher is keynote speaker in Estonia

CIAC researcher Vítor Tomé was one of the two keynote speakers invited by the Baltic Forum on Education for Democratic Citizenship & Human Rights Education, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 17 October.

Vitor Tomé’s communication had as its theme “Digital Era: Importance of information and media assessment of social networks” and focused on the research developed during his postdoctoral research, as well as on the work he has developed, within the framework of the project “Digital Citizenship Education” developed by the Council of Europe.

The Baltic Forum on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education marked the closure of a project funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union, in which Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partners translated into their mother tongue and to Russian, two activity books, one about teaching  controversial subjects, and another focused on critical information analysis in social media.

After the translation, these resources were used in the training of teachers and other educators (eg NGOs), followed by the activities of the trainees, with young people, both in schools and in non-formal contexts.

The results of this work were presented in two debates, one moderated by the British David Kerr (who was also the keynote speaker) and the other by Vítor Tomé. The two guests also worked with groups of participants, whose purpose was to define future cooperation actions in the area between the Nordic countries, which will continue in the next two years under a new project.