On #InternationalYouthDay, the importance of media and information literacy education has never been greater.
Between the dates of 29-31 July, we completed a three day training in Amman, Jordan that is a part of our Support to Media and Information Literacy in Public Schools project, coordinated alongside the Jordanian Media Institute and UNESCO Amman. Alongside our partners, we trained teachers from fifteen different schools around Jordan to create #MIL curricula to teach their students how to analyze the media, and think critically.
We were thrilled to be able to bring recent Légion d’Honneur recipient Rosemarie Farinella and digital media expert Seyi Akiwowo as guest trainers.
In a region that is all-too-often associated with limits on freedom of speech and critical thinking, media and information literacy is crucial to breaking down old barriers, and empowering youth to having a more free, and open society.
For more on the particular importance of #MIL education in the Middle East, check out our article here. For an interesting and insightful thread on the importance of having an intersectional approach to media and information literacy education, check out guest trainer and digital media expert Seyi Akiwowo’s Twitter thoughts here.