Fake ≠ fact
With the internet, information is spread much more rapidly compared to a couple of decades ago, while social media is increasingly becoming the primary source for seeking and receiving information among young people. Information literacy and the ability to separate reliable information from unreliable information is thus becoming more important. And to do that requires both knowledge and having access to the proper fact-checking tools.
Primarily designed for students in secondary and upper secondary school (junior and high school), the Fake ≠ Fact toolkit offers the opportunity to raise awareness about these highly relevant issues by inviting schools to either use the material individually or to participate in a joint Fake ≠ fact challenge project (#ChallengeYourFacts). The toolkit also includes an introductory Fake ≠ Fact Info Lab exhibition for backdrop use or to facilitate reach and launch of the overall project.
The toolkit is compiled by material developed by the Swedish Media Council, the Internet Foundation in Sweden (IIS), and award-winning initiative Viralgranskaren (The Viral Scrutineer) at the Swedish newspaper Metro. The Fake ≠ Fact Info Lab exhibition is produced in close cooperation with Arbetets museum (Museum of Work).
Please note that the Teacher’s guide is only available in English. In case of translating we recommend that you print handouts containing only text.
Due to restricted copyright it is strictly forbidden to publish or otherwise publicly re-use images and/or illustrations included in the toolkit material.
Fake ≠ Fact Info Lab (exhibit)
Full exhibition (low resolution version, language: English)
Full exhibition (print version, language: English) – After your application has been accepted, please contact SI to receive the print version files.
Exhibition layout guide
Exhibition text (in English for translation)
Educational guide (printable version)
Educational guide (read online)
Educational guide (text in English for translation)
For optimal result we suggest that the exhibition is printed on 5mm thick, matte laminated Kapa boards.
Related material (video): Press freedom – Sharing Sweden
Fake ≠ fact in Krakow
In October 2018, the August Witkowski High School No 5 in Krakow conducted workshops with the training materials from the Fake ≠ fact toolkit. More than 100 students were working with the project for a period of four weeks. The project was carried out in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw.
At the centre of the Fake ≠ fact toolkit are three separate but interconnected lectures around source criticism, including tools how to decode biased information such as propaganda.
- Lesson one focuses on general issues of source criticism and contains a brief lecture followed by student exercises.
- Lesson two is a combination of instructions and exercises, but takes a closer look at propaganda in relation to source criticism. Because of the amount of material to cover, it is recommended that this second lecture is spread over two separate class meetings.
- Lesson three revolves around students making their own propaganda film based on the teacher’s instructions. (This lesson is mandatory only if part of the Fake ≠ fact challenge.)
Included in the toolkit is a printable teacher’s guide, instructions and speaker’s notes. The toolkit also contains a classroom poster, add-on material for social media, as well as a diploma to be presented to each participating school at the end of the project.
Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s).
For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the application form.
Applications can be sent all year but considering the schematic structure of the project it is suggested to apply as early in the year as possible.
How to report
After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.
If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.
Contact at the Swedish Institute
For more information, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.