Children are consuming news and information that is
false, misleading and often harmful to their mental health
- all without the skills to recognize and solve these problems.
With unreliable information
about their ever-changing environment and
without critical and independent thinking skills-
students are unlikely to become active citizens and informed decision makers.
Our solution is to empower students with
(a) media literacy skills
to critically analyse information, identify false information and become responsible consumers and creators of media!
(b) solutions-journalism skills + resources
to consume and create news stories that focus on solutions, inspiring ideas and people fixing problems!
theory of change
If students have media literacy and solutions journalism skills,
then they can be responsible consumers of and innovative creators of media, for a better tomorrow!
From our readers
"As a teacher, it's difficult to complete the syllabus and keep my students updated about current affairs. Plus, current affairs are never presented in a language accessible to children. This newsletter definitely makes my work a lot easier.
The layout is amazing to design a lesson plan out of!"
- Mridula, Teach for India fellow
Why solutions journalism?
People are avoiding the news because it negatively affects their mood or because they don't know what to do with the information.
Solutions journalism addresses this problem by taking an in-depth look at a response to a problem- it's effectiveness and limitations!
If my school had its own newspaper...
My school's newspaper would be jam-packed with interesting articles if it existed. The first page would begin with positive optimistic news. It will contain information on winners, contests, and school-related programmes. Student work, including poems, artwork, and experiences, will be included on the second page. The newspaper will then include a variety of problems that have an impact on the school and the neighborhood, along with solutions. There will be a structure in place where the newspaper would solicit the anonymous thoughts of the stakeholders in the school. The staff would also be provided a section where they could present their opinions and talent.
- Vaishnavi Suryawanshi, Grade 10,
Avasara Academy, Pune
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