#ThinkFirst campaign launched to advocate for media and information literacy in the Philippines

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As part of the 8th Global Media and Information Literacy Week October 24-31 led by UNESCO, Google and its partners launched the #ThinkFirst campaign to raise awareness and unite various stakeholders to promote media and information education in the country.

Google also announced a grant to the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications (AIJC) as part of the Google News Initiative’s goal to tackle disinformation in global and local news.

“Media and information literacy is a key priority for Google. Working with partners from the public sector, NGOs and the private sector, we hope to play an active and leading role in helping Filipinos acquire the critical thinking skills and knowledge necessary to identify unverified news and disinformation. », Declared Yves Gonzalez, head of government and public affairs. , Google Philippines.

The campaign began with a forum held at Far Eastern University in Manila, bringing together media, educators, student journalists and key opinion leaders.

AIJC will spearhead a program to educate teachers on what information literacy means in the digital age.

AIJC plans to train around 300 secondary teachers in public and private schools across the country to prepare them to teach 9,000 students to recognize disinformation and disinformation through literacy classes by December 2019. Educational videos will be available on YouTube for use by teachers. as documentary resources.

“We look forward to working with Google and other partners to tackle disinformation and disinformation in the country,” said Ramon Tuazon, president of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications. “We must rekindle interest in current affairs and help citizens, especially young people, to rediscover its importance. Teachers play a central role in helping their students to use good judgment in “reading” news on different media platforms.

The program is designed to make students aware of the relevance of Information Literacy in their day-to-day lives and to equip them with the knowledge to verify news and other information they access online. The AIJC also wants young students to actively engage in the fight against disinformation and disinformation on social networks and to champion the creation of a better Internet space for all.

In addition, the campaign aims for the Ministry of Education to include information literacy as part of the basic media and information literacy course across the country.

The grant is part of a $ 10 million Google News Initiative global media literacy campaign funded by Google.org. Google intends to continue to partner with various organizations around the world to raise awareness of the importance of media literacy.

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