On the 18th-22nd of March for the first time European commission organized Media literacy week. Thus, Vilnius Salomeja Neris gymnasium, who is pursuing to become the first media gymnasium in Lithuania and who is participating in Erasmus+ project Media: to Understand and to Create. The Implementations of the Media Education in School (IMES) decided to join in.
European Media literacy week began with a round-table discussion with pupils of the gymnasium. The main topic of the discussion was media and how we learn it. Pupils openly shared various thoughts and ideas. The information gathered through the discussion will help to perfect current media education curriculum in the gymnasium.
On Tuesday the 19th of March an exhibition Grasp of Media was opened. 19 posters on the understanding of media made by pupils were exhibited to the public. We were happy to find out that our partner Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Faculty of Creative Industries decided to establish prizes for the best posters.
It is wonderful that the important of media literacy is felt by Lithuanian politicians as well. On Tuesday the 19th of March the gymnasium had a lecture with Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania Virginijus Sinkevicius. He talked about the significance of new media, future professions, innovation, and personal media usage.
Moreover, on Friday the 22nd of March one more lecture was held. Member of the Seimas Laurynas Kasciunas talked to pupils on the topic of national security. There were also various discussions on security, social injustice in Lithuania, military (obligatory and voluntary) and the content portrayed through media.
The whole European media literacy week ended with a movie night organized by student council. More than 80 pupils from various Vilnius schools gathered in the gymnasium. After the movie a contest was organized and the winners were awarded.
We are happy with this European commission initiative and we hope that next year this initiative will be joined by more schools from Lithuania.
Vilnius Salomeja Neris gymnasium media project (IMES) group.