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Children learn identifying fake news in school itself in Finland


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Across schools in Finland, children can be seen discussing news in groups. They can be seen talking about the intention of the news and articles, and how and under what circumstances these were written. In Finland, teachers provide school children with such assignments on a daily basis, with the opinion that just because the story or the content is good, it does not mean that it is the truth. The aim of such assignments is to help children identify fake news.

In the latest survey conducted by Bulgaria’s Open Society Institute, Finland has bagged the first position out of 41 European countries in taking stringent action against fake news. This success has not been achieved with only the best system of education, but also because of the hard work of teaching the students about fake news. In Finland, media literacy is part of the national core curriculum which begins in pre-school.

Finland has the world’s best education system, free college education, and people’s trust in the government is very high. 54 crore people speak Finnish in the country, and even if an outsider writes lies, in such a situation, they can be caught easily because of grammar mistakes and wrong syntax.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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