The National Youth Council (NYC), in partnership with Unesco and the Namibian National Commission for Unesco (NatCom), with support from the Japanese government, will launch Media and Information Education (MIL) for civic engagement of young people in Namibia.
The project aims to engage youth-led organizations and youth in general to participate in MIL workshops, webinars and online training to navigate the digital information ecosystem. It will be officially launched in July.
Talk to Youth corner, Brian Prince, head of corporate communications and marketing in New York, said the vision of the project is to empower young people to make informed decisions, become actively involved in large-scale societal affairs and d ” be agents of change in their professional fields.
“The new project is a lifelong learning tool for young people to assess and verify messages, fed and received on social media platforms and the Internet,” said Yang Wang, head of the information to Unesco.
According to Wang, the project enables participants to be aware of the business model, political, business and societal agendas of content providers, and to interpret and disseminate reliable information through an agency of their informed choice.
“Finding, interacting and sharing information online also involves privacy concerns, which are closely associated with the transparency of Internet companies regarding data collection and algorithm; digital citizenship education is therefore another essential component of media and information literacy, ”she added.
As part of the project, the Unesco office in Windhoek, NYC, and its partners will organize workshops with youth-led organizations to strengthen their capacities in MIL and possibly contribute to recommendations for mainstreaming of NDE in the daily operations of the youth organization.
“At the individual level, online trainings and webinars on Unesco’s MILCLICKS initiative and MIL-related topics, such as combating hate speech and online disinformation, are open to all young Namibians. aged 16 to 35, ”Wang noted.
The development of MICLICKS micro-learning infographics and videos is expected of young participants, with guidance from trainers to ensure active engagement.
Youth organizations wishing to participate in the workshop are advised to complete an online survey, and young people interested in online training and webinars can complete the registration form available on the Unesco website and New York.
Registration closes June 11 and participants are encouraged to register for the MIL MOOC course as complementary learning material, and will receive an online certificate once they complete the course.