How do you… encourage young people to use digital tools for active civic participation?

From March 14 to April 14, All Digital Week 2022 takes place, a series of on-line events in which youth workers and activists discuss today `s challenges and what interesting online tools help make our lives and work better and more comfortable.

On 23 March we presented in the conference the ACTIon project and our goal to provide young people with digital tools for active civic participation. We presented F.I.R.E. (From Idea to Reality & Execution) – an application that allows young people to train and develop their civic competences no matter where they are and the challenging time limitations.

F.I.R.E is an online interactive training program, containing three independent modules: Leadership, Project planning, Art of communication. The app is available free of charge by Android and iOs cell phones. Tested in live educational sessions, with participants from Europe, Africa and Asia, the content is adapted according to the real study cases and feedback from the participants. Each topic is delivered with texts, illustrations, videos and examples, provided in English, Bulgarian, Kiswahili and Hindi language.

Within ACTIon, F.I.R.E will be updated with additional module “Digital literacy”. The program includes useful information about safe browsing, how to recognize fake news, how to react to disinformation, how to create realistic self-image in social media, how to use online tools to improve access to rights and services etc. The digital literacy module will be available for the young users in English, German, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Greec.

OSF is currently in the process of testing the new module – 4 which we will add to our app., together with a group of young people. We constantly check what our volunteers know on the topic and how they perceive and understand the information we have selected for them. As we are working on the hot topic of media and digital literacy- we hope not only to create a good and attractive online training program, but also to reach a lot of young people from vulnerable groups and to help them improve their digital and civic competencies.

More about the ACTIon project – Promoting active citizenship through civic education and active online participation can be found on the website:

The project is funded under the European Programme: Erasmus+, KA3 Social Inclusion through Education

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