The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and non-governmental organisation Smart Osvita have designed a media literacy lesson for 7-11 grade students. The lesson is based on the BreaktheFake educational series with Ukrainian superstars recognising and refuting the myths about COVID-19 and vaccination. Those teachers who will use the lesson plan will receive a certificate from UNICEF and a chance to win prizes. To participate in the draw, the teachers must conduct a lesson and fill out the form by May 20 at the link.
Teachers can use the plan to conduct the entire lesson online or offline. They can also incorporate particular exercises from the plan into their classes in various disciplines, that require media literacy skills, such as history, law, biology, and others.
The lesson aims to develop the ability to identify fakes and resist their negative influences. A UNICEF-supported U-Report youth survey found that only 14 per cent of adolescents and young people always check the information. At the same time, young people spend much time on the Internet and consume significant amounts of content every day.
Educational videos are a crucial component of the lesson. Six series explain the origin of fakes, the nature of conspiracy theories, marker words in posts to look for, helpful methods to verify a photo or video, and why bloggers shouldn't always be trusted.
Ukrainian stars Jerry Hale, Alla Kostromichova, Anna Trincher, Alina Pash, Kostya Klepka and Dasha Kvitkova are the videos' main characters. Nikita Dobrynin serves as the educational series host. Experts of Ukrainian key fact-checking organisations created the series. The lesson was developed by Marina Dashko, a teacher-methodologist, author of educational materials on media literacy.
The project was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ING Bank.