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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November According to him these events are opportunities to showcase the nation s rich heritage in culture arts tourism and entertainment as well as advancements in media freedom Nigeria will be hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media Information Literacy MIL Week in Abuja in October The country will host the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos also in October In November it will host the 2nd Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference in Abeokuta President Buhari s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina stated on Sunday in Abuja that the president welcomed decisions by organisers of the three separate historic events for Nigeria to host the fiestas The organisers are UNESCO the UN World Tourism Organisation and the Global Association of Literary Festivals The president assured all stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria On MIL Week Buhari noted that it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression According to him the country recognises the important roles information literacy and media education play in sustainable development On the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism the president noted the rapid growth of Nigeria s film fashion music and ICT sectors He assured that the increase in international appeal and acceptance of Nigeria s products would continue to spur government to devote more resources to the sectors He recalled the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI established by his administration to provide single digit interest rate financing for young Nigerians in fashion film making music and information Technology CIFI is managed by the CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee According to the president the 100 million dollars re development of the National Theatre Lagos into a world class Creative Park is also on going The National Theatre complex has been handed over to the CBN and the Bankers Committee President Buhari said he trusted that the literary world would find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when members meet in the historic city of Abeokuta Abeokuta is the homeland and birthplace of one of Nigeria s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka The president expressed delight to welcome international visitors to Nigeria and urged compatriots to use the period to exhibit the values that make us a unique friendly and peace loving people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    President Buhari pledges support as Nigeria hosts major cultural, tourism, literacy events
     President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November According to him these events are opportunities to showcase the nation s rich heritage in culture arts tourism and entertainment as well as advancements in media freedom Nigeria will be hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media Information Literacy MIL Week in Abuja in October The country will host the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos also in October In November it will host the 2nd Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference in Abeokuta President Buhari s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina stated on Sunday in Abuja that the president welcomed decisions by organisers of the three separate historic events for Nigeria to host the fiestas The organisers are UNESCO the UN World Tourism Organisation and the Global Association of Literary Festivals The president assured all stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria On MIL Week Buhari noted that it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression According to him the country recognises the important roles information literacy and media education play in sustainable development On the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism the president noted the rapid growth of Nigeria s film fashion music and ICT sectors He assured that the increase in international appeal and acceptance of Nigeria s products would continue to spur government to devote more resources to the sectors He recalled the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI established by his administration to provide single digit interest rate financing for young Nigerians in fashion film making music and information Technology CIFI is managed by the CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee According to the president the 100 million dollars re development of the National Theatre Lagos into a world class Creative Park is also on going The National Theatre complex has been handed over to the CBN and the Bankers Committee President Buhari said he trusted that the literary world would find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when members meet in the historic city of Abeokuta Abeokuta is the homeland and birthplace of one of Nigeria s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka The president expressed delight to welcome international visitors to Nigeria and urged compatriots to use the period to exhibit the values that make us a unique friendly and peace loving people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    President Buhari pledges support as Nigeria hosts major cultural, tourism, literacy events
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    President Buhari pledges support as Nigeria hosts major cultural, tourism, literacy events

    President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November.

    According to him, these events are opportunities to showcase the nation’s rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as well as advancements in media freedom.

    Nigeria will be hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media, Information Literacy (MIL) Week in Abuja in October.

    The country will host the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos also in October.

    In November, it will host the 2nd Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference in Abeokuta.

    President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, stated on Sunday in Abuja that the president welcomed decisions by organisers of the three separate historic events for Nigeria to host the fiestas.

    The organisers are UNESCO, the UN World Tourism Organisation and the Global Association of Literary Festivals.

    The president assured all stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria.

    On MIL Week, Buhari noted that “it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression.

    ’’ According to him, the country recognises the important roles information, literacy and media education play in sustainable development.

    On the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism, the president noted the rapid growth of Nigeria’s film, fashion, music, and ICT sectors.

    He assured that the increase in international appeal and acceptance of Nigeria’s products would continue to spur government to devote more resources to the sectors.

    He recalled the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), established by his administration to provide single-digit interest rate financing for young Nigerians in fashion, film-making, music and information Technology.

    CIFI is managed by the CBN in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee.

    According to the president, the 100 million dollars re-development of the National Theatre, Lagos, into a world-class Creative Park is also on-going.

    The National Theatre complex has been handed over to the CBN and the Bankers Committee.

    President Buhari said he trusted that the literary world would find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when members meet in the historic city of Abeokuta.

    Abeokuta is the homeland and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

    The president expressed delight to welcome international visitors to Nigeria and urged compatriots to use the period to exhibit the values “that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people’’.


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  •  The Federal Government says hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media Information Literacy MIL Week will help to address the growing trend of fake news misinformation and hate speech The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee for the event scheduled for Oct 24 to Oct 31 The News Agency of Nigeria reports Nigeria was given the hosting mandate for the the global event last year in Paris The minister said the decision to give Nigeria the hosting right was a testament to the fact that the country is a known strong advocate of media and information literacy In 2013 Nigeria successfully hosted the First Global Forum for Partnership on MIL tagged Abuja 2013 This Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other initiatives as part of our collective desire to achieve the Media and Information Literacy for all and by all Nigeria s contributions towards the birth and the growth of MIL especially in the West African Sub Region played a large role in UNESCO s decision to offer our country the right to host this event he said Mohammed said the theme of 2022 Global MIL week as approved by UNESCO is Nurturing Trust A Media and Information Literacy Imperative He said the theme highlighted how media and information literacy could help in nurturing trust and countering mistrust The minister disclosed that the event to be held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja would bring together over 193 UNESCO member countries who will participate physically and virtually He said because the event required serious and meticulous planning members of the Local Organising Committee were carefully selected The minister added that Nigeria being the first country in the West African sub region to host the event the committee could not afford to fail or disappoint He therefore charged committee members to bring their wealth of experience and expertise to play in organising a world class event The minister said the LOC would be assisted by nine sub committees to be constituted by the committee in its first meeting NAN reports that while the minister chairs the 25 member LOC the Permanent Secretary Dr Adaora Anyanwutaku is to serve as the Vice Chairman Other members of the committee were drawn from various sectors and agencies including the public and private sector academia security and the media Anyanwutaku in a closing remarks thanked the minister for giving the members the opportunity to serve in the committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Nigeria is hosting UNESCO global literacy week – Lai Mohammed 
     The Federal Government says hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media Information Literacy MIL Week will help to address the growing trend of fake news misinformation and hate speech The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee for the event scheduled for Oct 24 to Oct 31 The News Agency of Nigeria reports Nigeria was given the hosting mandate for the the global event last year in Paris The minister said the decision to give Nigeria the hosting right was a testament to the fact that the country is a known strong advocate of media and information literacy In 2013 Nigeria successfully hosted the First Global Forum for Partnership on MIL tagged Abuja 2013 This Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other initiatives as part of our collective desire to achieve the Media and Information Literacy for all and by all Nigeria s contributions towards the birth and the growth of MIL especially in the West African Sub Region played a large role in UNESCO s decision to offer our country the right to host this event he said Mohammed said the theme of 2022 Global MIL week as approved by UNESCO is Nurturing Trust A Media and Information Literacy Imperative He said the theme highlighted how media and information literacy could help in nurturing trust and countering mistrust The minister disclosed that the event to be held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja would bring together over 193 UNESCO member countries who will participate physically and virtually He said because the event required serious and meticulous planning members of the Local Organising Committee were carefully selected The minister added that Nigeria being the first country in the West African sub region to host the event the committee could not afford to fail or disappoint He therefore charged committee members to bring their wealth of experience and expertise to play in organising a world class event The minister said the LOC would be assisted by nine sub committees to be constituted by the committee in its first meeting NAN reports that while the minister chairs the 25 member LOC the Permanent Secretary Dr Adaora Anyanwutaku is to serve as the Vice Chairman Other members of the committee were drawn from various sectors and agencies including the public and private sector academia security and the media Anyanwutaku in a closing remarks thanked the minister for giving the members the opportunity to serve in the committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Nigeria is hosting UNESCO global literacy week – Lai Mohammed 
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    Why Nigeria is hosting UNESCO global literacy week – Lai Mohammed 

    The Federal Government says hosting the 2022 UNESCO Global Media, Information Literacy (MIL) Week, will help to address the growing trend of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee for the event scheduled for Oct. 24 to Oct. 31.The News Agency of Nigeria reports Nigeria was given the hosting mandate for the the global event last year in Paris.

    The minister said the  decision to give Nigeria the hosting right was a testament tothe fact that the country is a known strong advocate of media and information literacy.

    “In 2013, Nigeria successfully hosted the First Global Forum for Partnership on MIL, tagged: Abuja 2013.“This Forum gave birth to the UNESCO MIL Alliance as well as other initiatives, as part of our collective desire to achieve the Media and Information Literacy for all and by all.

    “Nigeria’s contributions towards the birth and the growth of MIL, especially in the West African Sub-Region, played a large role in UNESCO’s decision to offer our country the right to host this event,” he said.

    Mohammed said the theme of 2022 Global MIL week as approved by UNESCO, is: “Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative.

    “He said the theme highlighted how media and information literacy could help in nurturing trust and countering mistrust.

    The minister disclosed that the event, to be held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, would bring together over 193 UNESCO member countries, who will participate physically and virtually.

    He said because the event required serious and meticulous planning, members of the Local Organising Committee were carefully selected.

    The minister added that Nigeria being the first country in the West African sub-region to host the event, the committee could not afford to fail or disappoint.

    He, therefore, charged committee members to bring their wealth of experience and expertise to play in organising a world-class event.

    The minister said the LOC would be assisted by nine sub-committees, to be constituted by the committee in its first meeting.

    NAN reports that while the minister chairs the 25-member LOC, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Adaora Anyanwutaku, is to serve as the Vice Chairman.

    Other members of the committee were drawn from various sectors and agencies, including the public and private sector, academia, security and the media.

    Anyanwutaku, in a closing remarks thanked the minister for giving the members the opportunity to serve in the committee.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government has assured a smooth safe and successful hosting of the 2022 UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy MIL Week The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference is scheduled for Oct 24 to Oct 31 in Abuja The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurance in his speech at the opening session of the Media and Information Literacy Series of the 3rd World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona Spain on Friday The minister who participated virtually at the opening session said the Federal Government would provide a safe environment for all delegates and officials who would be coming for the event I pledge the commitment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria toward hosting a successful conference I solicit the support of UNESCO and partners as well as governments and the organised private sector in order to ensure a successful hosting he said Mohammed commended UNESCO for the good job it was doing in advancing and promoting the knowledge of Media and Information Literacy MIL in the world He said the use of MIL in strengthening democracy and good governance as well as creating a more stable and informed society cannot be over emphasised The minister described the conference as a significant milestone in the efforts of UNESCO and its partners to entrench MIL as a field of study Please permit me to state that Nigeria identifies with UNESCO s efforts in this regard and has in fact laid the foundation for the progress being recorded here today You would all recall that Nigeria had in 2013 successfully hosted the first Global Forum for Partnership on MIL in Abuja The event tagged Abuja 2013 gave rise to the creation of UNESCO MIL Alliance and other initiatives on the importance of MIL for all and by all he said The minister used the occasion of the conference to announce that Nigeria was exploring the possibility of establishing a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute He said the decision was taken in view of the importance that Nigeria placed on Media and Information Literacy To actualise this of course we will collaborate with UNESCO As Nigeria explores this initiative we invite other countries around the world to partner with us to realise a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nigeria was given the hosting right for the UNESCO 2022 Global Information Literacy Week at the organisation s headquarters in France in Nov 2021 NAN also reports that the Global Media and Information Literacy Week commemorated annually is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved toward media information and literacy for all NAN
    FG pledges safe hosting of UNESCO Global Conference
     The Federal Government has assured a smooth safe and successful hosting of the 2022 UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy MIL Week The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference is scheduled for Oct 24 to Oct 31 in Abuja The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurance in his speech at the opening session of the Media and Information Literacy Series of the 3rd World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona Spain on Friday The minister who participated virtually at the opening session said the Federal Government would provide a safe environment for all delegates and officials who would be coming for the event I pledge the commitment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria toward hosting a successful conference I solicit the support of UNESCO and partners as well as governments and the organised private sector in order to ensure a successful hosting he said Mohammed commended UNESCO for the good job it was doing in advancing and promoting the knowledge of Media and Information Literacy MIL in the world He said the use of MIL in strengthening democracy and good governance as well as creating a more stable and informed society cannot be over emphasised The minister described the conference as a significant milestone in the efforts of UNESCO and its partners to entrench MIL as a field of study Please permit me to state that Nigeria identifies with UNESCO s efforts in this regard and has in fact laid the foundation for the progress being recorded here today You would all recall that Nigeria had in 2013 successfully hosted the first Global Forum for Partnership on MIL in Abuja The event tagged Abuja 2013 gave rise to the creation of UNESCO MIL Alliance and other initiatives on the importance of MIL for all and by all he said The minister used the occasion of the conference to announce that Nigeria was exploring the possibility of establishing a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute He said the decision was taken in view of the importance that Nigeria placed on Media and Information Literacy To actualise this of course we will collaborate with UNESCO As Nigeria explores this initiative we invite other countries around the world to partner with us to realise a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nigeria was given the hosting right for the UNESCO 2022 Global Information Literacy Week at the organisation s headquarters in France in Nov 2021 NAN also reports that the Global Media and Information Literacy Week commemorated annually is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved toward media information and literacy for all NAN
    FG pledges safe hosting of UNESCO Global Conference
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    FG pledges safe hosting of UNESCO Global Conference

    The Federal Government has assured a smooth, safe and successful hosting of the 2022 UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference is scheduled for Oct. 24 to Oct. 31 in Abuja.The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance in his speech at the opening session of the Media and Information Literacy Series of the 3rd World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.The minister, who participated virtually at the opening session said the Federal Government would provide a safe environment for all delegates and officials, who would be coming for the event.”I pledge the commitment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria toward hosting a successful conference.“I solicit the support of UNESCO and partners, as well as governments and the organised private sector, in order to ensure a successful hosting,” he said.Mohammed commended UNESCO for the good job it was doing in advancing and promoting the knowledge of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the world.He said the use of MIL in strengthening democracy and good governance, as well as creating a more stable and informed society, cannot be over-emphasised.The minister described the conference, as a significant milestone in the efforts of UNESCO and its partners to entrench MIL as a field of study.”Please permit me to state that Nigeria identifies with UNESCO’s efforts in this regard and has in fact laid the foundation for the progress being recorded here today.“You would all recall that Nigeria had in 2013 successfully hosted the first Global Forum for Partnership on MIL in Abuja.“The event, tagged Abuja 2013, gave rise to the creation of UNESCO MIL Alliance and other initiatives on the importance of MIL for all and by all,” he said.The minister used the occasion of the conference to announce that Nigeria was exploring the possibility of establishing a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute.He said the decision was taken in view of the importance that Nigeria placed on Media and Information Literacy.”To actualise this, of course we will collaborate with UNESCO.“As Nigeria explores this initiative, we invite other countries around the world to partner with us to realise a UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Institute,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nigeria was given the hosting right for the UNESCO 2022 Global Information Literacy Week at the organisation’s headquarters in France in Nov. 2021.NAN also reports that the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved toward media information and literacy for all.

    (NAN)

  •   I have learned the best way to protect myself from Internet damage by using safe browsers and sites PARIS France December 31 2021 APO Group Gambian youth have expressed their commitment to embark on awareness campaigns to make their constituents and societies aware of how to access critically appraise consume and use media and information This commitment was made at the end of a three day Media and Information Literacy MIL training for 40 young people from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia The training which ran from December 20 22 was organized by UNESCO Dakar and delivered by the Gambia Chapter of the Global Youth Innovation Network GYIN Gambia through the Multi Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Security of the Journalists MDP The course examined the nature functions and vulnerability of the media and other sources of information The various forms of information clutter and how to counteract them were addressed Civic participation was discussed using media and information literacy skills to promote the participation of participants in the national discourse Prior to the training the participants had participated in community engagement but the training has equipped them to expand their reach by engaging in the use of media channels One of the participants Mariama Kinteh from the West Coast Region Regional Youth Committee stated her learning points I have learned the best way to protect myself from harm on the Internet by using safe browsers and sites Ms Mariama Kinteh West Coast Region Youth Regional Committee Binta LY Touray said that in addition to learning about the concepts of misinformation and misinformation she learned how to protect herself in the online world Ms Touray intended to use what she learned in the training to protect herself online and also to share the knowledge with other young people All participants expressed their commitment to incorporate MIL into their organizational activities and programs primarily by reviewing their organization s mission and mandate to include MIL aspects Others want AMI issues to be reflected in their organization s communication and advocacy strategy Almost all organizations also committed to working with development partners and funding agencies interested in MIL to seek collaboration to implement their projects and programs One of the trainers Dr Morolake Omowumi Adekunle pointed out that given the degree of information clutter in The Gambia and the need to promote civic participation among young people it is very timely that youth associations are encouraged to participate in THOUSAND Mamadou Edrisa Njie CEO of GYIN Gambia pointed out that there is a lot of misinformation and misinformation spread in The Gambia due to the low level of literacy and the high penetration rate of smartphones The so called fake news is mainly shared and spread on the internet particularly on social media Alagie Jarju executive director of the National Youth Council said the number of people bent on spreading fake news could be small but the spread is very fast and powerful and the potential impact of the spread could be catastrophic Through the Multi Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists MDP UNESCO has undertaken initiatives to improve community media and media and information literacy in The Gambia
    Gambian youth express commitment to embark on sensitization on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
      I have learned the best way to protect myself from Internet damage by using safe browsers and sites PARIS France December 31 2021 APO Group Gambian youth have expressed their commitment to embark on awareness campaigns to make their constituents and societies aware of how to access critically appraise consume and use media and information This commitment was made at the end of a three day Media and Information Literacy MIL training for 40 young people from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia The training which ran from December 20 22 was organized by UNESCO Dakar and delivered by the Gambia Chapter of the Global Youth Innovation Network GYIN Gambia through the Multi Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Security of the Journalists MDP The course examined the nature functions and vulnerability of the media and other sources of information The various forms of information clutter and how to counteract them were addressed Civic participation was discussed using media and information literacy skills to promote the participation of participants in the national discourse Prior to the training the participants had participated in community engagement but the training has equipped them to expand their reach by engaging in the use of media channels One of the participants Mariama Kinteh from the West Coast Region Regional Youth Committee stated her learning points I have learned the best way to protect myself from harm on the Internet by using safe browsers and sites Ms Mariama Kinteh West Coast Region Youth Regional Committee Binta LY Touray said that in addition to learning about the concepts of misinformation and misinformation she learned how to protect herself in the online world Ms Touray intended to use what she learned in the training to protect herself online and also to share the knowledge with other young people All participants expressed their commitment to incorporate MIL into their organizational activities and programs primarily by reviewing their organization s mission and mandate to include MIL aspects Others want AMI issues to be reflected in their organization s communication and advocacy strategy Almost all organizations also committed to working with development partners and funding agencies interested in MIL to seek collaboration to implement their projects and programs One of the trainers Dr Morolake Omowumi Adekunle pointed out that given the degree of information clutter in The Gambia and the need to promote civic participation among young people it is very timely that youth associations are encouraged to participate in THOUSAND Mamadou Edrisa Njie CEO of GYIN Gambia pointed out that there is a lot of misinformation and misinformation spread in The Gambia due to the low level of literacy and the high penetration rate of smartphones The so called fake news is mainly shared and spread on the internet particularly on social media Alagie Jarju executive director of the National Youth Council said the number of people bent on spreading fake news could be small but the spread is very fast and powerful and the potential impact of the spread could be catastrophic Through the Multi Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists MDP UNESCO has undertaken initiatives to improve community media and media and information literacy in The Gambia
    Gambian youth express commitment to embark on sensitization on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
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    Gambian youth express commitment to embark on sensitization on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

    I have learned the best way to protect myself from Internet damage by using safe browsers and sites.

    PARIS, France, December 31, 2021 / APO Group / -

    Gambian youth have expressed their commitment to embark on awareness campaigns to make their constituents and societies aware of how to access, critically appraise, consume and use media and information.

    This commitment was made at the end of a three-day Media and Information Literacy (MIL) training for 40 young people from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia. The training, which ran from December 20-22, was organized by UNESCO Dakar and delivered by the Gambia Chapter of the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN Gambia) through the Multi-Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Security of the Journalists (MDP).

    The course examined the nature, functions and vulnerability of the media and other sources of information. The various forms of information clutter and how to counteract them were addressed. Civic participation was discussed using media and information literacy skills to promote the participation of participants in the national discourse.

    Prior to the training, the participants had participated in community engagement, but the training has equipped them to expand their reach by engaging in the use of media channels.

    One of the participants, Mariama Kinteh from the West Coast Region Regional Youth Committee stated her learning points: "I have learned the best way to protect myself from harm on the Internet by using safe browsers and sites."

    Ms. Mariama Kinteh, West Coast Region Youth Regional Committee

    Binta LY Touray said that in addition to learning about the concepts of misinformation and misinformation, she learned how to protect herself in the online world.

    Ms. Touray intended to use what she learned in the training to protect herself online and also to share the knowledge with other young people.

    All participants expressed their commitment to incorporate MIL into their organizational activities and programs, primarily by reviewing their organization's mission and mandate to include MIL aspects. Others want AMI issues to be reflected in their organization's communication and advocacy strategy.

    Almost all organizations also committed to working with development partners and funding agencies interested in MIL to seek collaboration to implement their projects and programs.

    One of the trainers, Dr Morolake Omowumi Adekunle, pointed out that given the degree of information clutter in The Gambia and the need to promote civic participation among young people, it is very timely that youth associations are encouraged to participate in THOUSAND.

    Mamadou Edrisa Njie, CEO of GYIN Gambia, pointed out that there is a lot of misinformation and misinformation spread in The Gambia due to the low level of literacy and the high penetration rate of smartphones. The so-called 'fake news' is mainly shared and spread on the internet, particularly on social media.

    Alagie Jarju, executive director of the National Youth Council, said the number of people bent on spreading fake news could be small, but the spread is very fast and powerful, and the potential impact of the spread could be catastrophic.

    Through the Multi-Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists (MDP), UNESCO has undertaken initiatives to improve community media and media and information literacy in The Gambia.

  •   I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and truthful information is a vehicle for building peace ROME Italy December 4 2021 APO Group A total of 40 youth leaders from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia completed a three day training on media and information literacy on Wednesday December 1 as part of broader efforts to address hate speech and fake news in the country It was organized by UNESCO and delivered by the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism PTCIJ The training focused on topics such as understanding media and information literacy and its relevance to democracy and good governance functions of the media and other information providers understand the ethics of news media and information and the relationship between journalism and society Verification and verification of facts how to analyze the medium and the message examine sponsored and unsponsored media messages and their goals and the nature and characteristics of traditional and new media were also key components of the capacity development workshop Tobi Oluwatola acting CEO of Premium Times Center noted that the training was designed to address the needs of allowing media users to access and use information wisely At the end of the three days one of the youth leaders Joe Bongay a member of Young Volunteers for the Environment pointed out that many youth organizations did not pay attention to the problems of media and information literacy due to a lack of knowledge about their importance Now I realized that media and information literacy is very important and this training could not have come at a better time than now when The Gambia will go to the polls for the presidential elections in a few days We all know that in general the entire Gambia is on Facebook and everyone is a journalist who spreads all kinds of information But this training has helped us to know how to evaluate and scrutinize the information we consume and to be able to report fake news The spread of fake news generates violence We ve seen examples of that in other countries Joe Bongay member of Young Volunteers for the Environment For Omar Bah a member of the National Youth Council one thing that stood out from the training is the importance of data verification As the presidential election approaches people are selling all kinds of information to misinform the public And as a youth activist if you are naive you could spread that information even more without knowing it Therefore verification and verification of facts is key and important to young people and advocates Omar Bah member of the National Youth Council Mansey Jabang of Youth Empowerment Africa said he now has a better understanding of the role of the media and journalists in society The training made her change a vow she made to herself I promised myself that I would never speak to any journalist or give them information but now I have changed my position because I better understand the role of the media and how journalists collect news I know that journalists rely on the information we give them so if we don t want to talk to them there will be no news So the question we should all ask ourselves now is what can we do to give journalists the information they need He said Like Mansey Omar Saibou Camara from the Fact Check Center also learned about the media and how it affects public space In general I have learned about the media and society and how society affects the media as well as how the media affects society I also learned about how the media can be used as a tool to improve democracy access to information he said Mbye Mballow from Peace Ambassadors The Gambia promised to work with his team to ensure that MIL issues are integrated into the organization s communication strategy and outreach programs Lead Trainer Caroline Anipah Program Officer for the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism PTCIJ said the information and media ecosystem continues to evolve and as such media users must also evolve to meet the many new challenges Ms Anipah stated that the three day training was engaging and the participants were receptive I hope that the learning does not end with the conclusion of the training and that the participants look for more information about MIL he said I hope that with elections on the horizon they will be able to ethically access evaluate and interact with media content so that they are not found to be contributing to the threat of fake news Caroline Anipah Program Director Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism Ndumbeh Saho Director of the Coordination Unit of the Department of Strategic Policy and Execution of the Office of the President praised the young people for their enthusiasm for media and information literacy as an instrument for peace I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and accurate information is a vehicle for building peace she said The three day training was organized within the framework of the UNESCO component of the Peacebuilding Fund project entitled Young women and men as stakeholders in ensuring peaceful democratic processes and advocates of violence prevention and discourse of hate The two year project is being implemented by a consortium of UNESCO UNDP and UNFPA in partnership with local implementing partners It seeks to address institutional barriers for youth strengthen youth capacity for engagement and participation in governance and leadership and address hate speech and counter youth false news and misinformation through the media communication and local community structures Media and information literacy training was expected to adequately equip young people with an acceptable degree of skills to evaluate understand and critique media content in order to know what is false from the real thing and to be able to differentiate between paid media propaganda and the content of the news
    UNESCO and Premium Times Centre train Gambian youth leaders on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
      I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and truthful information is a vehicle for building peace ROME Italy December 4 2021 APO Group A total of 40 youth leaders from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia completed a three day training on media and information literacy on Wednesday December 1 as part of broader efforts to address hate speech and fake news in the country It was organized by UNESCO and delivered by the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism PTCIJ The training focused on topics such as understanding media and information literacy and its relevance to democracy and good governance functions of the media and other information providers understand the ethics of news media and information and the relationship between journalism and society Verification and verification of facts how to analyze the medium and the message examine sponsored and unsponsored media messages and their goals and the nature and characteristics of traditional and new media were also key components of the capacity development workshop Tobi Oluwatola acting CEO of Premium Times Center noted that the training was designed to address the needs of allowing media users to access and use information wisely At the end of the three days one of the youth leaders Joe Bongay a member of Young Volunteers for the Environment pointed out that many youth organizations did not pay attention to the problems of media and information literacy due to a lack of knowledge about their importance Now I realized that media and information literacy is very important and this training could not have come at a better time than now when The Gambia will go to the polls for the presidential elections in a few days We all know that in general the entire Gambia is on Facebook and everyone is a journalist who spreads all kinds of information But this training has helped us to know how to evaluate and scrutinize the information we consume and to be able to report fake news The spread of fake news generates violence We ve seen examples of that in other countries Joe Bongay member of Young Volunteers for the Environment For Omar Bah a member of the National Youth Council one thing that stood out from the training is the importance of data verification As the presidential election approaches people are selling all kinds of information to misinform the public And as a youth activist if you are naive you could spread that information even more without knowing it Therefore verification and verification of facts is key and important to young people and advocates Omar Bah member of the National Youth Council Mansey Jabang of Youth Empowerment Africa said he now has a better understanding of the role of the media and journalists in society The training made her change a vow she made to herself I promised myself that I would never speak to any journalist or give them information but now I have changed my position because I better understand the role of the media and how journalists collect news I know that journalists rely on the information we give them so if we don t want to talk to them there will be no news So the question we should all ask ourselves now is what can we do to give journalists the information they need He said Like Mansey Omar Saibou Camara from the Fact Check Center also learned about the media and how it affects public space In general I have learned about the media and society and how society affects the media as well as how the media affects society I also learned about how the media can be used as a tool to improve democracy access to information he said Mbye Mballow from Peace Ambassadors The Gambia promised to work with his team to ensure that MIL issues are integrated into the organization s communication strategy and outreach programs Lead Trainer Caroline Anipah Program Officer for the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism PTCIJ said the information and media ecosystem continues to evolve and as such media users must also evolve to meet the many new challenges Ms Anipah stated that the three day training was engaging and the participants were receptive I hope that the learning does not end with the conclusion of the training and that the participants look for more information about MIL he said I hope that with elections on the horizon they will be able to ethically access evaluate and interact with media content so that they are not found to be contributing to the threat of fake news Caroline Anipah Program Director Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism Ndumbeh Saho Director of the Coordination Unit of the Department of Strategic Policy and Execution of the Office of the President praised the young people for their enthusiasm for media and information literacy as an instrument for peace I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and accurate information is a vehicle for building peace she said The three day training was organized within the framework of the UNESCO component of the Peacebuilding Fund project entitled Young women and men as stakeholders in ensuring peaceful democratic processes and advocates of violence prevention and discourse of hate The two year project is being implemented by a consortium of UNESCO UNDP and UNFPA in partnership with local implementing partners It seeks to address institutional barriers for youth strengthen youth capacity for engagement and participation in governance and leadership and address hate speech and counter youth false news and misinformation through the media communication and local community structures Media and information literacy training was expected to adequately equip young people with an acceptable degree of skills to evaluate understand and critique media content in order to know what is false from the real thing and to be able to differentiate between paid media propaganda and the content of the news
    UNESCO and Premium Times Centre train Gambian youth leaders on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
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    UNESCO and Premium Times Centre train Gambian youth leaders on Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

    I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and truthful information is a vehicle for building peace.

    ROME, Italy, December 4, 2021 / APO Group / -

    A total of 40 youth leaders from national and regional youth associations in The Gambia completed a three-day training on media and information literacy on Wednesday, December 1, as part of broader efforts to address hate speech and fake news in the country. .

    It was organized by UNESCO and delivered by the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

    The training focused on topics such as: understanding media and information literacy and its relevance to democracy and good governance; functions of the media and other information providers; understand the ethics of news, media and information, and the relationship between journalism and society.

    Verification and verification of facts; how to analyze the medium and the message; examine sponsored and unsponsored media messages and their goals; and the nature and characteristics of traditional and new media were also key components of the capacity development workshop.

    Tobi Oluwatola, acting CEO of Premium Times Center, noted that the training was designed to address the needs of allowing media users to access and use information wisely.

    At the end of the three days, one of the youth leaders, Joe Bongay, a member of Young Volunteers for the Environment, pointed out that many youth organizations did not pay attention to the problems of media and information literacy due to a lack of knowledge about their importance.

    "Now I realized that media and information literacy is very important and this training could not have come at a better time than now, when The Gambia will go to the polls for the presidential elections in a few days. We all know that in general , the entire Gambia is on Facebook and everyone is a journalist who spreads all kinds of information. But this training has helped us to know how to evaluate and scrutinize the information we consume and to be able to report fake news. The spread of fake news generates violence, We've seen examples of that in other countries. " Joe Bongay, member of Young Volunteers for the Environment.

    For Omar Bah, a member of the National Youth Council, one thing that stood out from the training is the importance of data verification.

    "As the presidential election approaches, people are selling all kinds of information to misinform the public. And as a youth activist, if you are naive, you could spread that information even more without knowing it. Therefore, verification and verification of facts is key and important to young people and advocates. " Omar Bah, member of the National Youth Council

    Mansey Jabang of Youth Empowerment Africa said he now has a better understanding of the role of the media and journalists in society.

    The training made her change a vow she made to herself.

    “I promised myself that I would never speak to any journalist or give them information, but now I have changed my position because I better understand the role of the media and how journalists collect news. I know that journalists rely on the information we give them, so if we don't want to talk to them, there will be no news. So the question we should all ask ourselves now is 'what can we do to give journalists the information they need?' He said.

    Like Mansey, Omar Saibou Camara from the Fact Check Center also learned about the media and how it affects public space.

    “In general, I have learned about the media and society and how society affects the media, as well as how the media affects society. I also learned about how the media can be used as a tool to improve democracy, access to information, ”he said.

    Mbye Mballow from Peace Ambassadors The Gambia promised to work with his team to ensure that MIL issues are integrated into the organization's communication strategy and outreach programs.

    Lead Trainer Caroline Anipah, Program Officer for the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), said the information and media ecosystem continues to evolve and, as such, media users must also evolve to meet the many new challenges.

    Ms. Anipah stated that the three-day training was engaging and the participants were receptive.

    “I hope that the learning does not end with the conclusion of the training and that the participants look for more information about MIL,” he said. “I hope that with elections on the horizon they will be able to ethically access, evaluate and interact with media content so that they are not found to be contributing to the threat of 'fake news'.” Caroline Anipah, Program Director, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism.

    Ndumbeh Saho, Director of the Coordination Unit of the Department of Strategic Policy and Execution of the Office of the President, praised the young people for their enthusiasm for media and information literacy as an instrument for peace.

    "I am really proud that we have very dynamic young people who are thinking about peace and have seen that authentic and accurate information is a vehicle for building peace," she said.

    The three-day training was organized within the framework of the UNESCO component of the Peacebuilding Fund project entitled 'Young women and men as stakeholders in ensuring peaceful democratic processes and advocates of violence prevention and discourse of hate'.

    The two-year project is being implemented by a consortium of UNESCO, UNDP and UNFPA in partnership with local implementing partners. It seeks to address institutional barriers for youth, strengthen youth capacity for engagement and participation in governance and leadership, and address hate speech and counter youth false news and misinformation through the media. communication and local community structures.

    Media and information literacy training was expected to adequately equip young people with an acceptable degree of skills to evaluate, understand and critique media content in order to know what is false from the real thing and to be able to differentiate between paid media propaganda and the content of the news.

  •   The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria s nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics for the journalistic profession PARIS France November 18 2021 APO Group Today the information reaching individuals around the world continues to increase dramatically However the question remains how can people effectively access research rate use and contribute to this content both online and offline With the current ecosystem of complex and contradictory messages and meanings it is important that society is endowed with knowledge based literacy skills to understand the issues and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities for a better life peaceful society Information providers and recipients must be equipped with media and information literacy skills to facilitate communication and availability of the right information and to mitigate threats of disinformation As part of its program to promote a peaceful society UNESCO and key stakeholders annually commemorate World Media and Information Literacy Week to unite various actors committed to promoting media literacy and information MIL as a means of fostering social inclusion and intercultural dialogue This year marks 10 years since the seeds of Global Media and Information Literacy Week were planted in 2011 in Fez Morocco This was long before the exponential rise in disinformation political polarization the growing influence of digital platforms and the COVID 19 pandemic Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 was organized by South Africa with the theme Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good The UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja also commemorated this noble day with a webinar on October 26 2021 Media and information literacy stakeholders in Nigeria were invited to discuss how best to mitigate the challenges encountered with misinformation and lack of information The infodemic observed following the COVID 19 pandemic makes the importance of such a webinar all the more relevant In his welcome speech the Director of Dakar Regional Office and OIC Abuja Regional Office Mr Dimitri SANGA reminded stakeholders of the importance of media and information literacy which should be seen as a sustainable solution for building public resilience and advancing the role of information as a public good The representative of the Minister of Information and Culture Mr Buki Ponle Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria News Agency declared that the media are a real instrument for the promotion of the public good He added The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria s nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics of the journalistic profession which includes the promotion of truth and accuracy The webinar which was organized in partnership with the United Nations Information Center UNIC and the African Center for Media and Information Literacy AFRIMIL brought together more than 100 participants from the government media partners academia CSOs and other partners who engaged in a lively discussion following the presentation of the two speakers paper AFRICMIL Coordinator Chido Onumah speaking on the theme of the year said Media and information literacy serves a plethora of purposes the most important of which is the creation of a environment for dialogue and peaceful coexistence MIL serves as an antidote to the disinformation and disinformation which fueled the social crisis especially in the event of a pandemic He added The information we consume has a direct effect on how we manage interpersonal relationships and coexistence within and between communities Thus media and information literacy is a public good and as a public good it needs public support In her article Building Public Confidence Amidst Media Complexity in the Era of Internet Abigail Ogwezzy Ndisika Professor of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos said The fight against fake news is a fight to ensure dissemination of truth and absence of undue influence in cyberspace Citizens must be given the right mindset on how to communicate online access and analyze information disseminated by the media A media literate citizen will be equipped to interpret create and act critically on media messages At the end of the webinar participants agreed on the need for more effort to equip society with media and information literacy skills to better understand the issues and contribute to a peaceful society
    UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja commemorates World Media and Information Literacy Week 2021
      The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria s nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics for the journalistic profession PARIS France November 18 2021 APO Group Today the information reaching individuals around the world continues to increase dramatically However the question remains how can people effectively access research rate use and contribute to this content both online and offline With the current ecosystem of complex and contradictory messages and meanings it is important that society is endowed with knowledge based literacy skills to understand the issues and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities for a better life peaceful society Information providers and recipients must be equipped with media and information literacy skills to facilitate communication and availability of the right information and to mitigate threats of disinformation As part of its program to promote a peaceful society UNESCO and key stakeholders annually commemorate World Media and Information Literacy Week to unite various actors committed to promoting media literacy and information MIL as a means of fostering social inclusion and intercultural dialogue This year marks 10 years since the seeds of Global Media and Information Literacy Week were planted in 2011 in Fez Morocco This was long before the exponential rise in disinformation political polarization the growing influence of digital platforms and the COVID 19 pandemic Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 was organized by South Africa with the theme Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good The UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja also commemorated this noble day with a webinar on October 26 2021 Media and information literacy stakeholders in Nigeria were invited to discuss how best to mitigate the challenges encountered with misinformation and lack of information The infodemic observed following the COVID 19 pandemic makes the importance of such a webinar all the more relevant In his welcome speech the Director of Dakar Regional Office and OIC Abuja Regional Office Mr Dimitri SANGA reminded stakeholders of the importance of media and information literacy which should be seen as a sustainable solution for building public resilience and advancing the role of information as a public good The representative of the Minister of Information and Culture Mr Buki Ponle Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria News Agency declared that the media are a real instrument for the promotion of the public good He added The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria s nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics of the journalistic profession which includes the promotion of truth and accuracy The webinar which was organized in partnership with the United Nations Information Center UNIC and the African Center for Media and Information Literacy AFRIMIL brought together more than 100 participants from the government media partners academia CSOs and other partners who engaged in a lively discussion following the presentation of the two speakers paper AFRICMIL Coordinator Chido Onumah speaking on the theme of the year said Media and information literacy serves a plethora of purposes the most important of which is the creation of a environment for dialogue and peaceful coexistence MIL serves as an antidote to the disinformation and disinformation which fueled the social crisis especially in the event of a pandemic He added The information we consume has a direct effect on how we manage interpersonal relationships and coexistence within and between communities Thus media and information literacy is a public good and as a public good it needs public support In her article Building Public Confidence Amidst Media Complexity in the Era of Internet Abigail Ogwezzy Ndisika Professor of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos said The fight against fake news is a fight to ensure dissemination of truth and absence of undue influence in cyberspace Citizens must be given the right mindset on how to communicate online access and analyze information disseminated by the media A media literate citizen will be equipped to interpret create and act critically on media messages At the end of the webinar participants agreed on the need for more effort to equip society with media and information literacy skills to better understand the issues and contribute to a peaceful society
    UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja commemorates World Media and Information Literacy Week 2021
    Africa10 months ago

    UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja commemorates World Media and Information Literacy Week 2021

    The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria's nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics for the journalistic profession.

    PARIS, France, November 18, 2021 / APO Group / -

    Today, the information reaching individuals around the world continues to increase dramatically. However, the question remains: how can people effectively access, research, rate, use and contribute to this content, both online and offline?

    With the current ecosystem of complex and contradictory messages and meanings, it is important that society is endowed with knowledge-based literacy skills to understand the issues, and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities for a better life. peaceful society. Information providers and recipients must be equipped with media and information literacy skills to facilitate communication and availability of the right information and to mitigate threats of disinformation.

    As part of its program to promote a peaceful society, UNESCO and key stakeholders annually commemorate World Media and Information Literacy Week to unite various actors committed to promoting media literacy and information (MIL) as a means of fostering social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.

    This year marks 10 years since the seeds of Global Media and Information Literacy Week were planted in 2011 in Fez, Morocco. This was long before the exponential rise in disinformation, political polarization, the growing influence of digital platforms and the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 was organized by South Africa with the theme “Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good”.

    The UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja also commemorated this noble day with a webinar on October 26, 2021. Media and information literacy stakeholders in Nigeria were invited to discuss how best to mitigate the challenges encountered with misinformation and lack of information. The infodemic observed following the COVID-19 pandemic makes the importance of such a webinar all the more relevant.

    In his welcome speech, the Director of Dakar Regional Office and OIC, Abuja Regional Office, Mr. Dimitri SANGA reminded stakeholders of the importance of media and information literacy, which should be seen as a sustainable solution for building public resilience and advancing the role of information as a public good.

    The representative of the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Buki Ponle, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria News Agency, declared that "the media are a real instrument for the promotion of the public good" . He added, "The challenge for the media is to help and nurture Nigeria's nascent democracy by upholding the code of ethics of the journalistic profession, which includes the promotion of truth and accuracy."

    The webinar, which was organized in partnership with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and the African Center for Media and Information Literacy (AFRIMIL), brought together more than 100 participants from the government, media partners, academia, CSOs and other partners, who engaged in a lively discussion following the presentation of the two speakers' paper.

    AFRICMIL Coordinator Chido Onumah, speaking on the theme of the year, said: “Media and information literacy serves a plethora of purposes, the most important of which is the creation of a environment for dialogue and peaceful coexistence. MIL serves as an antidote to the disinformation and disinformation, which fueled the social crisis, especially in the event of a pandemic ”. He added: "The information we consume has a direct effect on how we manage interpersonal relationships and coexistence within and between communities." Thus, “media and information literacy is a public good and as a public good it needs public support”.

    In her article, Building Public Confidence Amidst Media Complexity in the Era of Internet, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, Professor of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos, said: “The fight against fake news is a fight to ensure dissemination. of truth and absence of undue influence in cyberspace. Citizens must be given the right mindset on how to communicate online, access and analyze information disseminated by the media. A media literate citizen will be equipped to interpret, create and act critically on media messages ”.

    At the end of the webinar, participants agreed on the need for more effort to equip society with media and information literacy skills to better understand the issues and contribute to a peaceful society.

  •   Proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies PARIS France October 25 2021 APO Group The South African artists of Pouplar Kgaogelo Moagi better known as Master KG and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi are this year the UNESCO goodwill ambassadors for the World Media Literacy Week and information October 24 31 2021 The President of the South African National Commission for UNESCO who is also Minister of Basic Education Ms AM Motshekga congratulated the two men during a ceremony held on October 19 2021 in the offices of the Ministry of Basic Education Jerusalem Hit Song Master KG and Zozibini Tunzi are expected to advance Media and Information Literacy MIL at a time when so much false information is being peddled especially through the media social The proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master the media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies South Africa is hosting the World Media and Information Literacy Week thematic conference this year becoming the first country in sub Saharan Africa to do so The annual World Media and Information Literacy MIL Week launched in 2011 is led by UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO MIL Alliance the UNESCO UNAOC MIL University Network and Intercultural Dialogue MILID and other partners It is a major opportunity for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress made towards media and information literacy for all UNESCO s Global Media and Information Literacy MIL week has continued each year and has grown year by year with notoriety and participation Momentum was boosted when in 2019 at the 40th session of UNESCO s General Conference 193 Member States unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the Week and encouraging official support In 2021 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously recognized the Week
    South African singer Master KG and Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi named goodwill ambassadors for Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021
      Proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies PARIS France October 25 2021 APO Group The South African artists of Pouplar Kgaogelo Moagi better known as Master KG and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi are this year the UNESCO goodwill ambassadors for the World Media Literacy Week and information October 24 31 2021 The President of the South African National Commission for UNESCO who is also Minister of Basic Education Ms AM Motshekga congratulated the two men during a ceremony held on October 19 2021 in the offices of the Ministry of Basic Education Jerusalem Hit Song Master KG and Zozibini Tunzi are expected to advance Media and Information Literacy MIL at a time when so much false information is being peddled especially through the media social The proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master the media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies South Africa is hosting the World Media and Information Literacy Week thematic conference this year becoming the first country in sub Saharan Africa to do so The annual World Media and Information Literacy MIL Week launched in 2011 is led by UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO MIL Alliance the UNESCO UNAOC MIL University Network and Intercultural Dialogue MILID and other partners It is a major opportunity for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress made towards media and information literacy for all UNESCO s Global Media and Information Literacy MIL week has continued each year and has grown year by year with notoriety and participation Momentum was boosted when in 2019 at the 40th session of UNESCO s General Conference 193 Member States unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the Week and encouraging official support In 2021 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously recognized the Week
    South African singer Master KG and Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi named goodwill ambassadors for Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021
    Africa11 months ago

    South African singer Master KG and Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi named goodwill ambassadors for Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021

    Proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies

    PARIS, France, October 25, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The South African artists of Pouplar, Kgaogelo Moagi, better known as Master KG and Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi are this year the UNESCO goodwill ambassadors for the World Media Literacy Week and information (October 24-31, 2021).

    The President of the South African National Commission for UNESCO, who is also Minister of Basic Education, Ms. AM Motshekga, congratulated the two men during a ceremony held on October 19, 2021 in the offices of the Ministry of Basic Education.

    Jerusalem Hit Song Master KG and Zozibini Tunzi are expected to advance Media and Information Literacy (MIL) at a time when so much false information is being peddled, especially through the media. social. The proliferation of disinformation and disinformation calls on citizens to master the media and information so that they can distinguish truth from lies.

    South Africa is hosting the World Media and Information Literacy Week thematic conference this year, becoming the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to do so. The annual World Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, launched in 2011, is led by UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO MIL Alliance, the UNESCO-UNAOC MIL University Network and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID ) and other partners. It is a major opportunity for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress made towards “media and information literacy for all”.

    UNESCO's Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week has continued each year and has grown year by year with notoriety and participation. Momentum was boosted when in 2019, at the 40th session of UNESCO's General Conference, 193 Member States unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the Week and encouraging official support. In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously recognized the Week.

  •   As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL coalition we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative to Africa JOHANNESBURG South Africa October 4 2021 APO Group APO Group www APO opa com the leading Pan African communications consultancy and press release distribution service is delighted to learn that Global Media and Information Literacy Week MIL UNESCO 2021 https bit ly 3BaxvWG will be hosted by South Africa from October 24 31 APO Group is a proud African member of the UNESCO Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy GAPMIL after joining the coalition https bit ly 3FcxnZf in October 2020 Global MIL Week invites GAPMIL members and other stakeholders to come together in a series of events and initiatives designed to promote better media and information skills for people around the world This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Global MIL Week held in Fez Morocco and APO Group recognizes that the need to educate African citizens in media literacy has never been greater The past decade has seen an exponential increase in disinformation and political polarization due to the influence of digital platforms and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic In today s ecosystem of complex and sometimes conflicting messages and meanings keeping the public well informed has never been more important Each individual should be equipped with media and information literacy skills to understand the issues and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities Under the theme of Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good this year s Global MIL Week will feature traditional events such as the Youth Agenda Conference and Forum which will take place online and bring together policymakers experts practitioners researchers international organizations NGOs and private sector organizations from around the world In addition to being a member of GAPMIL APO Group is also part of the UNESCO led Global Education Coalition https bit ly 3Dallhm a program launched to provide learning solutions to distance to more than a billion children affected by school closures during the COVID 19 pandemic Media and information literacy is a crucial part of any society but in Africa it is particularly important said APO Group founder and president Nicolas Pompigne Mognard www Pompigne Mognard com As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL Coalition we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative in Africa and look forward to fantastic events throughout the program All stakeholders are invited to organize local events actions online and offline to observe the Week around the world Recorded events will be featured on the Global MIL Week website Register your local events here https bit ly 3ivpFj3 Register for featured events here https bit ly 2YbPL3q Useful links Official site https bit ly 3oxhruK Register your celebratory events https bit ly 3a8ioB6 Register for the Thematic Conference and Youth Agenda Forum https bit ly 2Ym8BW0 Thematic Conference Agenda Overview https bit ly 3ivaZAD Organizing Committees https bit ly 3iqegBh
    APO Group announces the return to Africa of UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week
      As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL coalition we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative to Africa JOHANNESBURG South Africa October 4 2021 APO Group APO Group www APO opa com the leading Pan African communications consultancy and press release distribution service is delighted to learn that Global Media and Information Literacy Week MIL UNESCO 2021 https bit ly 3BaxvWG will be hosted by South Africa from October 24 31 APO Group is a proud African member of the UNESCO Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy GAPMIL after joining the coalition https bit ly 3FcxnZf in October 2020 Global MIL Week invites GAPMIL members and other stakeholders to come together in a series of events and initiatives designed to promote better media and information skills for people around the world This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Global MIL Week held in Fez Morocco and APO Group recognizes that the need to educate African citizens in media literacy has never been greater The past decade has seen an exponential increase in disinformation and political polarization due to the influence of digital platforms and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic In today s ecosystem of complex and sometimes conflicting messages and meanings keeping the public well informed has never been more important Each individual should be equipped with media and information literacy skills to understand the issues and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities Under the theme of Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good this year s Global MIL Week will feature traditional events such as the Youth Agenda Conference and Forum which will take place online and bring together policymakers experts practitioners researchers international organizations NGOs and private sector organizations from around the world In addition to being a member of GAPMIL APO Group is also part of the UNESCO led Global Education Coalition https bit ly 3Dallhm a program launched to provide learning solutions to distance to more than a billion children affected by school closures during the COVID 19 pandemic Media and information literacy is a crucial part of any society but in Africa it is particularly important said APO Group founder and president Nicolas Pompigne Mognard www Pompigne Mognard com As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL Coalition we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative in Africa and look forward to fantastic events throughout the program All stakeholders are invited to organize local events actions online and offline to observe the Week around the world Recorded events will be featured on the Global MIL Week website Register your local events here https bit ly 3ivpFj3 Register for featured events here https bit ly 2YbPL3q Useful links Official site https bit ly 3oxhruK Register your celebratory events https bit ly 3a8ioB6 Register for the Thematic Conference and Youth Agenda Forum https bit ly 2Ym8BW0 Thematic Conference Agenda Overview https bit ly 3ivaZAD Organizing Committees https bit ly 3iqegBh
    APO Group announces the return to Africa of UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week
    Africa12 months ago

    APO Group announces the return to Africa of UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week

    As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL coalition, we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative to Africa

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 4, 2021 / APO Group / -

    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, is delighted to learn that Global Media and Information Literacy Week (MIL ) UNESCO 2021 - (https://bit.ly / 3BaxvWG) will be hosted by South Africa from October 24-31.

    APO Group is a proud African member of the UNESCO Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) after joining the coalition (https://bit.ly/3FcxnZf) in October 2020.

    Global MIL Week invites GAPMIL members and other stakeholders to come together in a series of events and initiatives designed to promote better media and information skills for people around the world.

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Global MIL Week held in Fez, Morocco, and APO Group recognizes that the need to educate African citizens in media literacy has never been greater.

    The past decade has seen an exponential increase in disinformation and political polarization due to the influence of digital platforms and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In today's ecosystem of complex and sometimes conflicting messages and meanings, keeping the public well informed has never been more important. Each individual should be equipped with media and information literacy skills to understand the issues, and to contribute and benefit from information and communication opportunities.

    Under the theme of Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good, this year's Global MIL Week will feature traditional events, such as the Youth Agenda Conference and Forum, which will take place online. and bring together policymakers, experts, practitioners, researchers, international organizations, NGOs and private sector organizations from around the world.

    In addition to being a member of GAPMIL, APO Group is also part of the UNESCO-led Global Education Coalition (https://bit.ly/3Dallhm) - a program launched to provide learning solutions to distance to more than a billion children affected by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Media and information literacy is a crucial part of any society, but in Africa it is particularly important,” said APO Group founder and president Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (www.Pompigne-Mognard .com). “As an active member of the UNESCO GAPMIL Coalition, we celebrate the return of the Global MIL Week initiative in Africa and look forward to fantastic events throughout the program.

    All stakeholders are invited to organize local events / actions online and offline to observe the Week around the world. Recorded events will be featured on the Global MIL Week website.

    Register your local events here: https://bit.ly/3ivpFj3.

    Register for featured events here: https://bit.ly/2YbPL3q.

    Useful links

    Official site (https://bit.ly/3oxhruK) Register your celebratory events (https://bit.ly/3a8ioB6) Register for the Thematic Conference and Youth Agenda Forum (https://bit.ly/ 2Ym8BW0) Thematic Conference Agenda Overview (https://bit.ly/3ivaZAD) Organizing Committees (https://bit.ly/3iqegBh)

  •   The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO has stressed theneed for Media and Information Literacy MIL competencies to dispel misinformation surrounding COVID 19 The Officer in Charge of UNESCO Abuja Regional Office Mr Sow Mamadou Lamine made the call during a Webinarwith theme Creating a Peaceful Society Media and Information Literacy A Way Out The Webinar was part of activities to mark Regional Commemoration of the Global MIL Week 2020 annually marked to reviewand celebrate the progress achieved toward MIL for All Mamadou Lamine said that media and information competencies would improve access to knowledge for all freedom of expression which were necessary to win the war on misinformation He added that we witnessed broad circulation of misinformation and conspiracy on COVID 19 pandemic worldwide in the past 10months In spite of the late arrival of COVID 19 to some West African countries related misinformation continued to impede access totrustworthy sources and reliable information with the ravage of the virus itself The crisis also shed a light on the deficiencies in systematic mechanisms to combat disinformation in an emergency Dr Zubairu Attah a Consultant and Specialist on gender issues who spoke on Emergency Communication said media and informationliteracy ensured better understanding of issues and how to address them to avoid crises and instability in any society Attah suggested that strategic behavioural change activities be done structurally psycho socially and comprehensivelywith stakeholders involved to get individual institutional and corporate attitudinal change necessary for nation building The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the regional celebration lasted three months from August tillNovember 2020 with activities organised by UNESCO Abuja to combat disinformation from communication expertsand the public especially the youth Edited By Abiemwense Moru Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    COVID-19: UNESCO harps on media, information literacy to dispel misinformation
      The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO has stressed theneed for Media and Information Literacy MIL competencies to dispel misinformation surrounding COVID 19 The Officer in Charge of UNESCO Abuja Regional Office Mr Sow Mamadou Lamine made the call during a Webinarwith theme Creating a Peaceful Society Media and Information Literacy A Way Out The Webinar was part of activities to mark Regional Commemoration of the Global MIL Week 2020 annually marked to reviewand celebrate the progress achieved toward MIL for All Mamadou Lamine said that media and information competencies would improve access to knowledge for all freedom of expression which were necessary to win the war on misinformation He added that we witnessed broad circulation of misinformation and conspiracy on COVID 19 pandemic worldwide in the past 10months In spite of the late arrival of COVID 19 to some West African countries related misinformation continued to impede access totrustworthy sources and reliable information with the ravage of the virus itself The crisis also shed a light on the deficiencies in systematic mechanisms to combat disinformation in an emergency Dr Zubairu Attah a Consultant and Specialist on gender issues who spoke on Emergency Communication said media and informationliteracy ensured better understanding of issues and how to address them to avoid crises and instability in any society Attah suggested that strategic behavioural change activities be done structurally psycho socially and comprehensivelywith stakeholders involved to get individual institutional and corporate attitudinal change necessary for nation building The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the regional celebration lasted three months from August tillNovember 2020 with activities organised by UNESCO Abuja to combat disinformation from communication expertsand the public especially the youth Edited By Abiemwense Moru Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    COVID-19: UNESCO harps on media, information literacy to dispel misinformation
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19: UNESCO harps on media, information literacy to dispel misinformation

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has stressed the

    need for Media and Information Literacy (MIL) competencies to dispel misinformation surrounding COVID-19.

    The Officer in Charge of UNESCO Abuja Regional Office, Mr Sow Mamadou-Lamine, made the call during a Webinar

    with theme “Creating a Peaceful Society: Media and Information Literacy, A Way Out”.

    The Webinar was part of activities to mark Regional Commemoration of the Global MIL Week 2020, annually marked to review

    and celebrate the progress achieved toward “MIL for All”.

    Mamadou-Lamine said that media and information competencies would improve access to knowledge for all; freedom of expression,

    which were necessary to win the war on misinformation.

    He added that “we witnessed broad circulation of misinformation and conspiracy on COVID-19 pandemic worldwide in the past 10

    months.

    “In spite of the late arrival of COVID-19 to some West African countries, related misinformation continued to impede access to

    trustworthy sources and reliable information, with the ravage of the virus itself.

    “The crisis also shed a light on the deficiencies in systematic mechanisms to combat disinformation in an emergency.”

    Dr Zubairu Attah, a Consultant and Specialist on gender issues who spoke on Emergency Communication, said media and information

    literacy ensured better understanding of issues and how to address them to avoid crises and instability in any society.

    Attah suggested that strategic behavioural change activities be done structurally, psycho-socially and comprehensively

    with stakeholders involved to get individual, institutional and corporate attitudinal change, necessary for nation building.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the regional celebration lasted three months from August till

    November 2020 with activities organised by UNESCO Abuja to combat disinformation from communication experts

    and the public, especially the youth.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    Source: NAN

  •  Civil Society Organisations CSOs have called on the Federal Government to consider giving peace education adequate attention to tackle challenges of disunity tension caused by fake news disinformation and hate speech being spread through social media They made the call at a two day Webinar on Building Media Information Literacy MIL Capacity for Youths and Students in Tertiary Institutions to promote peace intercultural dialogue and democratic decision making The webinar was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation According to Mr Chibuike Mgbeahuruike International Relations Consultant of the centre who made a presentation at the webinar social media is a powerful tool He added that social media whether it was perceived as inherently good or bad depended entirely on how it was used Mgbeahuruike said that by combining passion with the power of social media one could make great gains in promoting peace among the masses However a peaceful social media interaction must be advocated before this can take place In this wise users must be sensitised to understand that as a social media user they have the power to influence a lot of people with what they post One of the major evils of social media in Nigeria is its potential to spread fake news and hate speech Sometimes video contents are manipulated to create another meaning or impression to users order than what it is It is equally important to note that owing to the unrestricted nature of internet and social media users without ethical standards and professionalism can use the tools to circulate misleading information Mgbeahuruike said that such information could lead to a breach of peace and ignite violence He said that it was therefore important to educate users on the potential dangers around the use and misuse of social media adding that users needed to critically examine the contents He said that by choosing and reading the contents wisely they could steer clear of any penitential social media danger zones and could effectually convey messages that promoted peace in the country Mgbeahuruike therefore called on stakeholders in the media to embark on peace advocacy projects through the platform He said that contents of the peace education should include the creation of awareness and how user generated content could either ignite war or build peace He added that citizens would act more responsibly and exhibit patience and tolerance in their quest for peace unity and stability that were a sine qua non to development if they were well informed Another presenter Dr Sarah Lwahas said that many people struggled to cope with the multitude of options and pitfalls of the digital age and few made active choices to carefully sift the contents of such information products Lwahas said it therefore made it imperative that citizens were able to find new ways to consciously participate and shape the flow of information in ways that affected their lives She added that a fundamental concern of Media Information Literacy MIL was the need to enlighten and empower people with the needed competencies and critical thinking skills for accessing suitable media information sources She said that understanding MIL would increase the competence level of young people to create a more accurate and subtle understanding of other people She said that such would compel them to respect pluralism and avoid stereotypes as well as applying media content critically for citizen empowerment Mr Zubairu Atta making his presentation said that MIL placed before youths the ability to acquire requisite skillsets that would enable them to evaluate information and information sources to address misinformation or bias about internet messages and news I am comfortable with the explanation of the concept for this webinar where it states that Nigeria a multi ethnic and multi religious society of over 180 million people has her share of the consequences of fake news hate speech This is reflected largely in the lack of tolerance social understanding and cohesion among youths Atta said that it was therefore important to empower citizens particularly youths with the ability to see through the antics of the peddlers of fake news and hate speech Dr Chido Onumah Coordinator AFRICMIL said the centre was a pan African centre that focused on media information research advocacy and training Onumah said that AFRICMIL worked for the empowerment of students and youths by promoting media and information literacy with the objective of deploying the opportunity that new media and information technologies offered in tackling socio economic issues He said that it aimed to promote media and information literacy as a key component in the enhancement of democracy and good governance He said that the webinar was part of AFRICMIL s Political Education Project supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation aimed at training empowering and galvanising the youth and students in tertiary institutions across the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    CSOs urge FG to give peace education attention to promote unity   
     Civil Society Organisations CSOs have called on the Federal Government to consider giving peace education adequate attention to tackle challenges of disunity tension caused by fake news disinformation and hate speech being spread through social media They made the call at a two day Webinar on Building Media Information Literacy MIL Capacity for Youths and Students in Tertiary Institutions to promote peace intercultural dialogue and democratic decision making The webinar was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation According to Mr Chibuike Mgbeahuruike International Relations Consultant of the centre who made a presentation at the webinar social media is a powerful tool He added that social media whether it was perceived as inherently good or bad depended entirely on how it was used Mgbeahuruike said that by combining passion with the power of social media one could make great gains in promoting peace among the masses However a peaceful social media interaction must be advocated before this can take place In this wise users must be sensitised to understand that as a social media user they have the power to influence a lot of people with what they post One of the major evils of social media in Nigeria is its potential to spread fake news and hate speech Sometimes video contents are manipulated to create another meaning or impression to users order than what it is It is equally important to note that owing to the unrestricted nature of internet and social media users without ethical standards and professionalism can use the tools to circulate misleading information Mgbeahuruike said that such information could lead to a breach of peace and ignite violence He said that it was therefore important to educate users on the potential dangers around the use and misuse of social media adding that users needed to critically examine the contents He said that by choosing and reading the contents wisely they could steer clear of any penitential social media danger zones and could effectually convey messages that promoted peace in the country Mgbeahuruike therefore called on stakeholders in the media to embark on peace advocacy projects through the platform He said that contents of the peace education should include the creation of awareness and how user generated content could either ignite war or build peace He added that citizens would act more responsibly and exhibit patience and tolerance in their quest for peace unity and stability that were a sine qua non to development if they were well informed Another presenter Dr Sarah Lwahas said that many people struggled to cope with the multitude of options and pitfalls of the digital age and few made active choices to carefully sift the contents of such information products Lwahas said it therefore made it imperative that citizens were able to find new ways to consciously participate and shape the flow of information in ways that affected their lives She added that a fundamental concern of Media Information Literacy MIL was the need to enlighten and empower people with the needed competencies and critical thinking skills for accessing suitable media information sources She said that understanding MIL would increase the competence level of young people to create a more accurate and subtle understanding of other people She said that such would compel them to respect pluralism and avoid stereotypes as well as applying media content critically for citizen empowerment Mr Zubairu Atta making his presentation said that MIL placed before youths the ability to acquire requisite skillsets that would enable them to evaluate information and information sources to address misinformation or bias about internet messages and news I am comfortable with the explanation of the concept for this webinar where it states that Nigeria a multi ethnic and multi religious society of over 180 million people has her share of the consequences of fake news hate speech This is reflected largely in the lack of tolerance social understanding and cohesion among youths Atta said that it was therefore important to empower citizens particularly youths with the ability to see through the antics of the peddlers of fake news and hate speech Dr Chido Onumah Coordinator AFRICMIL said the centre was a pan African centre that focused on media information research advocacy and training Onumah said that AFRICMIL worked for the empowerment of students and youths by promoting media and information literacy with the objective of deploying the opportunity that new media and information technologies offered in tackling socio economic issues He said that it aimed to promote media and information literacy as a key component in the enhancement of democracy and good governance He said that the webinar was part of AFRICMIL s Political Education Project supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation aimed at training empowering and galvanising the youth and students in tertiary institutions across the country Edited By Abiemwense Moru Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    CSOs urge FG to give peace education attention to promote unity   
    Politics2 years ago

    CSOs urge FG to give peace education attention to promote unity   

    Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on the Federal Government to consider giving peace education adequate attention to tackle challenges of disunity, tension caused by fake news, disinformation and hate speech being spread through social media.

    They made the call at a two-day Webinar on Building Media Information Literacy (MIL) Capacity for Youths and Students in Tertiary Institutions to promote peace, intercultural dialogue and democratic decision-making.

    The webinar was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

    According to Mr Chibuike Mgbeahuruike, International Relations Consultant of the centre, who made a presentation at the webinar, social media is a powerful tool.

    He added that social media, whether it was perceived as inherently good or bad depended entirely on how it was used.

    Mgbeahuruike said that by combining passion with the power of social media, one could make great gains in promoting peace among the masses.

    “However, a peaceful social media interaction must be advocated before this can take place.

    “In this wise, users must be sensitised to understand that as a social media user, they have the power to influence a lot of people with what they post.

    “One of the major evils of social media in Nigeria is its potential to spread fake news and hate speech.

    “Sometimes, video contents are manipulated to create another meaning or impression to users order than what it is.

    “It is equally important to note that owing to the unrestricted nature of internet and social media, users without ethical standards and professionalism can use the tools to circulate misleading information.”

    Mgbeahuruike said that such information could lead to a breach of peace and ignite violence.

    He said that it was, therefore, important to educate users on the potential dangers around the use and misuse of social media adding that users needed to critically examine the contents.

    He said that by choosing and reading the contents wisely, they could steer clear of any penitential social media danger zones and could effectually convey messages that promoted peace in the country.

    Mgbeahuruike, therefore, called on stakeholders in the media to embark on peace advocacy projects through the platform.

    He said that contents of the peace education should include the creation of awareness and how user-generated content could either ignite war or build peace.

    He added that citizens would act more responsibly and exhibit patience and tolerance in their quest for peace, unity and stability that were a sine qua non to development if they were well informed.

    Another presenter, Dr Sarah Lwahas, said that many people struggled to cope with the multitude of options and pitfalls of the digital age and few made active choices to carefully sift the contents of such information products.

    Lwahas said it therefore made it imperative that citizens were able to find new ways to consciously participate and shape the flow of information in ways that affected their lives.

    She added that a fundamental concern of Media Information Literacy (MIL) was the need to enlighten and empower people with the needed competencies and critical thinking skills for accessing suitable media information sources.

    She said that understanding MIL would increase the competence level of young people to create a more accurate and subtle understanding of other people.

    She said that such would compel them to respect pluralism and avoid stereotypes as well as applying media content critically for citizen empowerment.

    Mr Zubairu Atta, making his presentation, said that MIL placed before youths the ability to acquire requisite skillsets that would enable them to evaluate information and information sources to address misinformation or bias about internet messages and news.

    “I am comfortable with the explanation of the concept for this webinar where it states that ‘Nigeria, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society of over 180 million people has her share of the consequences of fake news/hate speech.

    “This is reflected largely in the lack of tolerance, social understanding and cohesion among youths.’’

    Atta said that it was therefore, important to empower citizens, particularly youths with the ability to see through the antics of the peddlers of fake news and hate speech.

    Dr Chido Onumah, Coordinator AFRICMIL, said the centre was a pan-African centre that focused on media, information, research, advocacy and training.

    Onumah said that AFRICMIL worked for the empowerment of students and youths by promoting media and information literacy with the objective of deploying the opportunity that new media and information technologies offered in tackling socio-economic issues.

    He said that it aimed to promote media and information literacy as a key component in the enhancement of democracy and good governance.

    He said that the webinar was part of AFRICMIL’s Political Education Project supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation aimed at training, empowering and galvanising the youth and students in tertiary institutions across the country.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
    Source: NAN