Migration, Education

Seeing is believing - is all the news credible?


Who is behind this?

Jan Górski

Stowarzyszenie Refugees Szczecin ("Refugees Szczecin" Association).



Who is joining forces?

Dom Otwarty



Poznań Wolny od Nienawiści



Fundacja Emic (to be confirmed)



We plan to work with 6 local NGOs/grassroots initiatives in various Polish cities. Each would be responsible for activities in their region.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Has Tina Turner died? Twice only last year, according to some Polish news. News influence the way we see the world and its problems.
•Challenge: fake or manipulated news add to negative attitudes towards refugees;
•Objective: teach how to be critical towards news, how to spot and fight fake news;
•Target: students (13-19) at schools, all ages at open meetings;
•Methods: 250 classes/meetings in 6 regions of Poland;
•Extra: teaching materials and know-how to share with our foreign colleagues.

Where will your idea take place?

6 major Polish cities and provinces: Warsaw, Szczecin, Toruń, Poznań, Krakow and Gdańsk.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Some say it was the fake news factories that tipped the scales in the US presidential elections. Freedom of speech is a fundamental feature of democracy. But why should we take everything at face value? Manipulated or fake news affect not only elections, but other aspects of democracy as well.

What is your impact?

Each of our attendees has the potential to become a powerhouse of change. This is vital in context of social media, where anyone can become an influencer (with social media being also the main source of news for young people). Critical thinking is becoming a lost art. It is our path to revive it!

How do you get there?

The school does not teach how to live in the World 2.0, where boundaries between real and virtual are blurred. So students are unaware of many factors in their digital life.
•teaching materials and a guide for advanced fake news fighters
•a get-together for future trainers to fill in possible knowledge gaps
•250 sessions, 7.5k people
•a get-together with trainers to discuss results
•a seminar for foreign colleagues max 15 people
All materials will be downloadable in Pl and Eng.

What is your story?

We formed our organisation to counter the wave of hatred and contempt towards refugees, which started spreading in Poland in late 2015. We have battled countless fake stories about refugees that helped fuel the xenophobia. We believe that this project will help to cut the audience for such news.

Who are you doing it for?

Our main target are school students aged 13-19, who have just started discovering the adult world and form their own opinions. But we plan to hold also over 20 workshops in various locations, open to the general public. We will strongly advocate for teachers to join the workshops as well.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

All comments are welcome. If you have ever given or attended a workshop on fake news or digital news consumption, we would love to hear about your experience!


Jan Górski

Dom Otwarty

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2018

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