The US State Department intends to allocate funds for the implementation of programs in Poland aimed at countering “misinformation” about COVID-19 and coronavirus vaccines. This is stated in the description of the grant, which RT got acquainted with.
As follows from the document, the initiative involves the implementation of “innovative projects” in the country to counter the “spread of false information and misinformation” about the COVID-19 pandemic and coronavirus vaccines.
It is assumed that such information can be dealt with through information campaigns, scientific seminars for journalists, campaigns in social networks, educational events for students.
Also, within the framework of the projects, it is planned to train high school and university students “the skills of critical comprehension of information about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines”, which they see on social networks. In particular, it is about exploring sources of information and “taking into account the agenda” of specific resources, as well as considering different points of view.
Including for this, the American department intends to offer future contractors to organize work to prepare teachers for the formation of the above skills in students.
Polish (and in some cases American) non-governmental organizations, educational and cultural institutions, the media and individuals can apply for a grant.
As follows from the document, the size of one grant can vary from $ 1,000 to $ 20,000, while their total number, as well as the total amount of funds allocated for the implementation of the program, is not specified.
The initiative will be overseen by the US Embassy and Consulate in Poland.
In May 2020, the State Department announced its plans to assist in the implementation of online programs in Poland, aimed, among other things, at combating “disinformation”.
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