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Active citizens / Citizen education

18
04
2018

Media Literacy in Schools

An educational program for educators and teachers tackling media literacy is one of the most important educational programs that GONG has designed. It aims to equip teachers to properly educate and inform their students about the significance of media literacy today. The program also focuses on teaching students how to develop a critical approach towards newspaper, electronic and digital media.

06
11
2017

Ambassadors of Solidarity

Intercultural learning involves learning about differences, other cultures and their customs, openness of communication, building relationships with others, and developing awareness that building a community in which we live is only possible with the involvement of all of its participants.

30
08
2017

Teaching Interculturalisam for Solidarity & Inclusive Society

From 2 to 7 of July, a joint seminar by GONG and Nansen Dialogue centre was held in the city of Zadar in Croatia.

19
10
2015

The media's balance between free speech and hate speech and how to develop media literacy in education and society

The conference between freedom of speech and hate speech – media literacy in the education system and society was held on October 16, 2015 at Journalists House, Perkovčeva 2, Zagreb. It is held with the financial support of the fund "Alumni Engagment Innovation " of the US State Department, the program centers on knowledge of the National Foundation for Development, Knowledge Centers program of the National Foundation for Cvil Society and the EU program "Europe for Citizens."

19
10
2015

The media's balance between free speech and hate speech and how to develop media literacy in education and society

The conference between freedom of speech and hate speech – media literacy in the education system and society was held on October 16, 2015 at Journalists House, Perkovčeva 2, Zagreb. It is held with the financial support of the fund "Alumni Engagment Innovation " of the US State Department, the program centers on knowledge of the National Foundation for Development, Knowledge Centers program of the National Foundation for Cvil Society and the EU program "Europe for Citizens."

05
10
2015

Education is the last hope for democratic political culture

"I'm required to be very well acquainted with the political organization of France in the late 18th century, but as far as the current political situation goes, I still successfully continue with knowing that the Prime Minister is a prime minister, " said Hrvoje Kožić, a 3rd grade student at 5th gymnasium in Zagreb, explaining why the results of the research on the political literacy of last year's graduates were not surprising. Irma Gračić, a senior at 16th gymnasium in Zagreb, concluded that the main problem is widespread passivity in policy approach: "It is not enough to read the newspaper to know that the situation is bad and comment with your family or colleagues as a politician says something unwise, inappropriate, or not representing the citizens' opnions, since at the end of the day we do not do anything with it, but only cry over its sad political truth."

01
10
2015

Confusion and ignorance—a fertile ground for manipulation

During April and May 2015, GOOD Initiative (initiative for systematic and quality introduction of civic education in schools) and Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, with a council of researchers, conducted quantitative research on political literacy of high school graduate students on a national representative sample of 1146 participants. The sample was selected using techniques of cluster sampling and stratified sampling. These school classes were randomly chosen and stratified regionally according to the type of high school programs (grammar schools, other four and five-year programs, and three-year programs).

16
09
2015

“Let's learn how to be big” in Split: What you learn as a child, you practice as an adult

"The democratic deficit affects all of us – each February while we are doing our taxes, at every job interview when asked if we are planning a pregnancy soon", Marko Kovačić pointed out while emphasising that "the results of two of this year's researches carried out by the GOOD Initiative are worrying - 19.7% of youth can't tell whom the ruling coalition consists of, 60% of them think that Croats should have more rights in Croatia than other nationalities, and as many as 52% aren't familiar with how cabinet members are appointed.

According to the aforementioned researches, only 55% of citizens understand issues that the Republic of Croatia is facing, 44% do show no interest in politics, only 40% would be willing to take action to change legislation which is harmful to the community, and most are prone to relativizing the right of asylum, the right of association and the rights of national minorities.

15
05
2015

No fingers crossed behind back – NO to historic revisionism!

A revisionist relationship to Antifascist history is not only a Croatian problem, although that is no comfort. “Unusual” changes to history are also an issue in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Despite everything, however, there are “resistance movements” that are trying to preserve Antifascism as a pledge from the past to the future – this was the message from GONG’s conference of the same name held in the Croatian Journalists Association on May 7 – a day before the 70th anniversary since the liberation of Zagreb and the victory over Fascism.

15
05
2015

“When human beings are silent, the inhuman are free to take lives!”

I always welcome invitations to professional conferences. They are always an opportunity to hear and learn something new, to exchange ideas and views with colleagues. The focus of my interest is the study of the Holocaust – a subject that, for some, still belongs to sensitive historic subjects. For me, the further away a conference is from home, the better my feelings about participating; the closer it is to the Homeland (with a capital 'H'), the worse the knot in my stomach. Why? Because in Croatia, sensitive subjects are slowly being transformed into taboo subjects.

Apart from the usual labels of being a Yugo-nostalgic, Freemason, Jew, Serb, foreign mercenary etc., speaking publicly about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism has secured me overt death threats, just as has speaking publicly about Antifascism. That is why I find it hard to explain to my colleagues from the U.S. or the Netherlands why I am so excited about organizing an online quiz entitled „70 years since victory was won“. What's the big deal? The big deal is the fact that, in 2015, someone would call you an „Antifascist“, meant as an offense.

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