In Moldova, DW Akademie focuses on media and information literacy, while helping journalists and future journalism teachers and trainers achieve qualifications.
When a pro-European government coalition took office in 2009, the Republic of Moldova initially saw significant improvement in the area of media freedom at the beginning of the government's term. Even so, its citizens still have only limited access to information.
The crisis in Ukraine and the resulting tensions between Russia and the European Union, as well as a major economic and political crisis in Moldova itself are reflected in the increasing polarization of the media there. It is being called a veritable information war. Russian media are extremely influential - not only in the breakaway region Transnistria, but also in Moldova's Russian-speaking provinces. The most important national broadcasters are economically and politically dependent either on their pro-Russia or pro-West owners, and this is most clearly reflected by the lack of critical, balanced reporting. Although the situation has only had a direct effect on people living in the isolated or pro-Russian parts of the country, it is now also affecting the general public in Moldova.
Children and young people are the most active in the digital world, and also one of the most vulnerable groups in Moldova. Although they learn how to use social media rather quickly, they are frequently exposed to numerous risks such as hate speech, cyberbullying, propaganda or peer pressure because of unfiltered media consumption.
In school workshops and media camps, DW Akademie and its partners offer young people the opportunity to learn how to consume media critically and to publish their own content. DW Akademie helps two Romanian-speaking and one Russian-speaking children's editorial boards develop young people's programs for TB, which are broadcast nationwide by the public broadcasters TRM and the Association of Moldovan Local Broadcasters (Canal Regional).
Opening up new prospects for education
In order to prepare younger generations for life in the digital age, people teaching at schools and in universities need o be trained to teach media and information literacy (MIL). In special training programs and the development of new curricula, teachers and lecturers learn how to impart media skills using participatory teaching methods for all levels, from primary school to university. For the DW Akademie project, an additional working group consisting of civil stakeholders and representatives of the Moldovan Ministry of Education ensures the commitment of public education institutions in the development and implementation of new curricula and educational strategies.
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country coordinator: Petra Raschkewitz
Locations: Chișinău, Basarabeasca, further regions across Moldova
Main focus: Qualification, media self-regulation and ethics in journalism, media and information literacy (MIL), journalism education and curricula development, conflict and media/ conflict-sensitive reporting