Filipino NGO wins UNESCO Prize for Promoting Media and Information Literacy


December 13, 2021 | 1:51 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines — UNESCO’s Alliance for Media and Information Literacy has awarded first prize to the Manila-based Ready-to-Read Literacy Initiative at the World Education Awards to Media and Information 2021 for its media literacy and counter-disinformation projects.

According to a press release, the Global MIL Awards recognize educators, librarians, artists, activists, policy makers, NGOs and other individuals and groups who “integrate MIL in innovative ways into their work and activities. related”.

OOTB, which has been in operation since 2014, is the first Filipino organization to win the award since the Global MIL Awards launched in 2015.

Among his recent projects are the #IWASFAKE remote learning resources that were released to combat the infodemic and the shift to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These modules are accessible for free on their site.

“‘Iwas’ in #IWASFAKE represents the four key habits against misinformation: Ikalma ang sarili (Pause and calm down); Wag basta maniniwala (Be skeptical); Alamin ang source at konteksto ng impormasyon (Check source and context of information); and, Salain bago i-share et sitahin ang nagkakalat ng mali (Filter what you share and speak out against misinformation),” OOTB said in the statement.

OOTB has also produced the #MIL4Democracy manual which contains 18 lesson plans to teach young Filipinos about their rights and duties as digital citizens, the organization said.

The organization currently co-manages – with Mano Amiga Philippines and Meta (formerly Facebook) – the Youth Leaders Incubator, a mentorship program for Filipino youth advocacy organizations.

The spread of misinformation and disinformation – seen as a factor in the upcoming 2022 elections – has prompted fact-checking as well as media and information literacy initiatives to promote critical thinking and greater appreciation democratic institutions.


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