“True or false? Can you tell the difference? ” – this was the title of the Erasmus + youth exchange program that took place in Denmark in mid-November. The Voice of the Ore Association sent five young people from Romania to the village of Pindstrup to learn new facts about the pseudo-news together with other young people from Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Spain and Portugal.
The knowledge passed on by program facilitators through non-formal learning methods has touched on many aspects of fake news: for example, how to recognize false news, how to protect ourselves of pages full of false news, what sources of information we can be sure of, or what click hunting is? Ivett Szabó, a participant from Oradea – who also likes to find out more about press and work with people on a daily basis – writes about her personal experience of the program: “A ten days prgram is long enough to shape a group foreigners into a mass flowing together, and short enough to make people more courageous and open than usual. We knew that this community was a precisely delimited “structure” in space and time, so from the first moment we consciously turn to each other because of our decision. For me, this program really made sense when I let go of the patterns I felt comfortable with and, following others, asked even the simplest questions that came to my mind. From these unfolded the most exciting conversations. It has always been a good basis to talk about the structural similarities of different languages or to learn a foreign word and its proper pronunciation. Then we always got into the description of sociocultural phenomena, personal stories embedded in national history, and an easy-to-start conversation soon became a deep exchange of ideas. I learned a lot about how to become more receptive, more open to all forms of learning, and how to share my own knowledge even in the most informal situations. The meeting of different social realities can only be successful if everyone enters the common space with an open heart and attention, which is meant to promote the development of all of us. ”
Youth exchanges supported by the European Union are open to young people between the ages of 13 and 30. The sixteen-year-old Bence, the youngest participant in the exchange program in Denmark, also returned home a little richer: “The True or False? exchange program was a very good experience for me, I learned how to recognize and filter out the true from misleading news. In the meantime, I met a lot of wonderful people who were very open and friendly. I look forward to the next opportunity for another Erasmus + program! ”