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Early Media Literacy Education Works

Early Media Literacy Education Works

Finland is overwhelmingly the top country in the European Media Literacy Index. The report described Finland and other high-scoring countries as  best equipped to withstand the impact of fake news due to the quality of education, free media, and high trust among people. This early media education is an essential part of Finland’s success.

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The education system emphasizes the breakdown of misinformation, disinformation, and "malinformation".

The Finnish educational model  teaches young students to push back against “fake news” as early as primary school. The Finnish government began this pedagogical push in 2014 when Russian disinformation became increasingly widespread in Finland.

  • Finland has a country-wide media literacy program at all levels of education.
  • Research suggests that misinformation-related education works; Finland is the top European country for media-related critical thinking.
  • Research in Uganda suggests that such training can work even i...

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