Media Literacy at school, trip to Finland where it is a curricular subject

In Finland promote the media education and enhance the skills of media literacy not only is it possible, but it has been a current reality for several years already, with the promotion of many information programs in the school education system, in continuous progress compared to the rest of the countries of the European Union, and the creation of courses and initiatives for the entire population.

Media Literacy in Finland: the first steps

Since 2002, the Helsinki Ministry of Education has activated lessons in media literacy and cybersecuritywith the purpose of fight fake news and encourage correct interpretation of news on social media. An ability that comes in handy in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Donbass in 2014, which led to a relentless misinformation campaign by the Russian media against the Finnish state. In the same year, two significant facts take place: the Finnish school reformwhich introduces the media literacy as a taught subject in the curricula of all levels of education, and the foundation of Faktabaari, a Finnish fact-checking and digital literacy service aimed at the correct understanding of news via the web and social networks. There is no shortage of further initiatives by numerous Helsinki associations, such as the Media Education Forum, which KAVI, the Finnish media education authority, organizes annually since 2012; or the Media Literacy Weekwhich Finland celebrates every year in February with the aim of broadening knowledge about media literacy and support teachers in their media education tasks. This event is part of the project Safe Internet Centreco-funded by the European Commission, which in the 2019 edition saw the participation of as many as fifty-five partner organizations from different sectors of society.

A look at the present

Subsequent education programs are promoted by Finland in very recent years. According to Unesco.org, the national media education policy document published by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2019 aims to update and extend the cultural policy guidelines for media literacy published in 2013, describing the principles of media education in Finland and highlighting its focal points, values ​​and principles. In addition to this, Yle tv, Finland’s national television, produces a range of media education materials available to all for free. Lastly in the ambit of the European programme Erasmus+was held in September 2022 in Helsinki, “Stop Fake News”a workshop against disinformation developed by the Ligurian Order of Journalists.

On the front line against fake news

In the digital age therefore an adequate media literacy promoted in the school education system and then actively carried forward by programs and services for all segments of the population, guarantees the Finland a supremacy uncommon to any other European state in the fight against fake news and the correct development of media skills, which nowadays are indispensable for skilfully navigating the great sea of ​​communication.

Media Literacy at school, trip to Finland where it is a curricular subject