Learning to change our future with a big pencil.
Bergamini tells about Shout Out UK, politics and media literacy and why Daily Mail did not like the video 'No vote no voice'
London, 11 Dec. 2019 - There's not a more appropriate time to talk about Shout Out UK than over these troubled days of General Elections. Matteo Bergamini is founder and CEO of the London based organisation giving young people the tools they need to shape their future with a responsible and informed use of media and understanding of their connections with political systems.
Matteo has a lot to tell: from the 700 British schools hosting Shout Out UK's political literacy courses to this week's Daily Mail journalist attack to the video realised with Drillminister 'No vote no voice. #RegisterToVote': "the clip shows a man with an over sized pencil ticking a box showing to use the power of the vote - he explains - now the Daily Mail, for some bizarre reason, constructed as he is stabbing someone. We put out responses online and we got a ton of supporting comments".
Many, Bergamini says, suggested that the Daily Mail's journalist comments were racially motivated therefore "they should be ashamed of this".
Thursday 12th December 2019 is the most important day in a generation in Britain and the most affected from its results and consequences are the young. More than twice as many young registered to vote for #GE2019 compared to 2017 elections...
"In all of our secondary schools we run a program to register online. We got 100% of vote registration" of those entitled.
But there's a huge issue with political and media literacy across adults as well. In UK the majority of leave voters are 60+, the ones who, as stats say, are the main readers of print newspapers, right the media leaning for Brexit and the Conservatives.
"From next year we are going to start political literacy for adults as well", says Matteo Bergamini. A big challenge, maybe even more tough than explaining young students connections and mutual influence between media and politics "right because they were not born with Internet but have to live with it".