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Satellites for Europe

08 May 2017

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in partnership with Jeugd, Cultuuren Wetenshap (Youth, Culture and Science) Organisation, Belgium wish to recruit five young people who reside in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area to participate on the “Satellite’s for Europe” project.

The Satellite’s for Europe project is a European funded cross-community programme supported by the Federal Government of Belgium and the Ersamus Plus Programme.  The objective of the programme is to encourage participants to become critically aware of the truth of news reports that they encounter, using World War One as an example.

The Mayor, Councillor John Scott commented “Your Council Needs You!”Councillor Scott is encouraging all those who meet the criteria and are interested to apply, he stated “to be eligible, applicants must be aged between 16 -21 years old, reside in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area and demonstrate an interest in, or be studying one of the following subjects: History, Citizenship or Politics”.

The programme aims to provide young adults from Antrim and Newtownabbey with an awareness of propaganda and fake news which is carried out through workshops and interactive learning.  Learning is based around the example of the World War, with consideration given to how stories in newspapers, on social media platforms and on TV are interpreted and comparisons will take place based on coverage between countries.  The project will involve a high level of action based learning and everyone involved will have the opportunity to share their news stories, talk with journalists and compare the propaganda around WWI with facts, alternative facts and current fake news.


Finally, there is an opportunity to create individual news stories, report experiences to peers throughout Europe and meet with other delegates from Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany and Belgium from 16 to 23 July 2017.

Further details and guidelines are provided on www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/goodrelations but if you require additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Good Relations Officers on [email protected] or telephone 028 9446 3113 or 028 9034 0033.  Deadline to apply is Thursday 11 May at 4pm.