Mentor Project was created to contribute to the development of Media Literacy in a context where media are gaining importance in the lives of children and youth.
MEDIA LITERACY IS "THE ABILITY TO ACCESS, UNDERSTAND, APPRECIATE WITH CRITICALLY SENSE AND CREATE CONTENT IN THE MEDIA", (UNESCO, 2011).
- What is Mentor Project?
Mentor Project is an initiative of Media Literacy which aimed at sharing educational module about media. Mentor Project was born as an initiative financed by the European Commission Education and Training Program in 2002. The Mentor Project was overseen by the European Commission and UNESCO. The project had many supporters including Mizar Multimedia and some other European organizations like CEDEFOP and CLEMI. The Mentor Project arose from the seminar on Educación de Medios de Comunicación in Sevilla, in February 2002 and was sponsored by UNESCO. In the first phase, the target of Mentor Project was initial training of secondary level teachers. In order to achieve this objective, Mentor Project created a shared media education module for the Mediterranean Basin countries.
- What is the contribution of Mentor Project?
The innovation of the project is in the will to think about Media Education. For this, it proposed to gather experts and professionals from different countries. After a common reflection, it was possible to propose the prototypes of CV, contents, schedules and eventually actions that aimed at the initial training of the teachers.