Gambian youth expresses their commitment to embark on media and information literacy (MIL) inspiration

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Young people across The Gambia have expressed a commitment to launch a sensitization campaign to make members and society aware of how to access, critically evaluate, consume and use media and information. ..

This effort took place at the end of a three-day training on media and information literacy (MIL) for 40 young people from the Gambia National and Regional Youth Associations. Held from December 20th to 22nd, this training is sponsored by UNESCO Dakar and conducted by the Global Youth Innovation Network The Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) through the Multidonor Program (MDP) on Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. did.

This course explored the nature, functionality, and vulnerabilities of media and other sources of information. Various forms of information disability and how to counter them were addressed. Citizen participation using media and information literacy skills was discussed to promote participants’ involvement in national discourse.

Prior to the training, participants were engaged in community participation, but the training could be expanded by taking advantage of the use of mass media channels.

One of the participants, Mariama Kinte of the West Coast Regional Youth Committee, confirmed her learning points as follows:You’ve learned the best way to avoid harm on the Internet using secure browsers and sites... “

Mrs. Mariama Kinte, West Coast Regional Youth Commission

Binta LY Touray said he learned how to protect himself in the online world, in addition to learning about the concepts of false and disinformation.

Ms. Touray aimed to use what she learned in training to protect herself online and share her knowledge with fellow young people.

All participants expressed their commitment to mainstreaming MIL in their activities and programs, primarily by revisiting the mission of the organization and requiring inclusion of aspects of MIL. Others want to incorporate MIL issues into their organization’s communication and advocacy strategies.

Almost all organizations have also pledged to work with development partners and funding agencies interested in MIL to seek collaboration to implement projects and programs.

Dr. Morolake Omoumi Adekunle, one of the trainers, said it was very timely to encourage youth associations to join MIL given the extent of information disability in The Gambia and the need to promote youth participation in the public. I pointed out that it was Lee.

GYINGambia’s executive director, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, said that the low literacy rate and high smartphone penetration have led to a lot of disinformation and false information in The Gambia. So-called “fake news” is mainly shared and propagated on the Internet, especially on social media.

Alagie Jarju, executive director of the National Youth Council, may have a small number of people enthusiastic about spreading fake news, but the spread is very fast and powerful, and the potential impact of the spread is devastating. Said there is a possibility.

Through the Multi-Donner Program (MDP) on Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety, UNESCO is embarking on initiatives to improve Gambia’s community media and media and information literacy.

It will be distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Gambian youth expresses their commitment to embark on media and information literacy (MIL) inspiration

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