Digital literacy workshop at Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community meeting

  • Awareness
  • 20/08/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) took part in a gathering of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community in July 2019, and held a workshop on digital citizenship and digital literacy.

As part of the IX Biennial Programme of Young Creators of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community, the Portuguese SIC, through the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, P.I. (IPDJ) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P.I. (FCT), held the "Digital Literacy and Global Citizenship" Workshop, on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 July 2019, in Luanda, Angola.

The Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community (CPLP), namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe, have met in Angola for the IX Biennial Programme of Young Creators and the Conference of Ministers for Youth and Sports of the CPLP. The main purpose of this meeting is to gather information and analyse the status quo of the actions to be implemented in each country regarding youth and sports.

Across the programmed activities of these two days, IPDJ proposed to hold a workshop – led by the Portuguese SIC – to raise awareness of digital literacy and digital citizenship, and more specifically digital information and communication, online human rights, hate speech, data protection, fake news and cyberbullying.

The workshop used a set of non-formal education methodologies, based on participants' experiences and knowledge. During one and a half day, they debated several topics and learned about specific concepts such as stereotypes and prejudice, hate speech, privacy, cyberbullying, filter bubble, echo chamber and cyclic journalism. This initiative gathered around 75 participants, which evaluated it in a very positive way.

Angolan Ministry representatives have showed high interest in developing awareness actions such as the ones carried out by the Portuguese SIC, and both parties are discussing how to make this more concrete. Given the positive feedback it received, this initiative is likely to be replicated in other Portuguese-speaking countries.

Find out more information about the work of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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