10.03.2019 - UNESCO Office in Amman

EU, UNESCO and Jordan Media Institute deliver radio broadcasting training

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During the past few weeks in Irbid and Ma’an, youth have been provided with intensive training focused on radio broadcasting, linked to human rights and media information literacy (MIL). The training falls under the umbrella of the “Youth Empowerment” project, funded by the European Union (EU). The project works to advance MIL as a holistic response to foster safe and ethical use, consumption and production of media and internet among youth in Jordan. Implemented by the UNESCO Amman office, with strong collaboration and generous funding from the EU, the project is being carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of State for Media Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the media community and civil society in Jordan.

Twenty-five trainees from Yarmouk FM in Irbid and a further 25 participants from Sawt al Janoub Radio in Ma’an, each undertook the four-day training program at their respective radio stations. The sessions focused on how to cover sensitive topics responsibly during radio broadcasts. These issues ranged from gender to human rights to hate speech and more. The workshop was conducted in partnership with Jordan Media Institute (JMI).

Ms. Eliana Mehdawi, a volunteer at Yarmouk FM, has been impressed by the training. “I did not expect that the training would be so comprehensive; it covered many aspects of radio work. I thought it would be limited to concepts of MIL but we actually learnt a lot about the methods of using MIL, how to verify sources, prepare for radio programmes, and devise alternative plans in critical situation. I will employ the acquired skills in my upcoming work in producing, preparing and presenting radio programmes”. Ms. Mehdawi recommends that all citizens be equipped with MIL skills, which are directly linked to critical thinking skills. “I have broadened my perspective since the training workshop; I have increased my awareness about some concepts that I previously thought I had sufficient knowledge of”.

Mr. Bisher Ruwwad, a fourth-year student from the faculty of engineering at Al Hussein Bin Talal University in Ma’an, sees MIL as a culture that respects human rights and gender. “I look forward to employing the skills I have acquired to both my radio work and in my everyday life. I won’t hesitate to pass on my enhanced knowledge of MIL to my friends and family”, he shared. “I have experienced a shift in my perspective and the way I see media. Now I believe that not all news should be shared on the internet and that I am responsible for checking the credibility of news”.

Strengthening MIL skills falls within UNESCO’s mandate of encouraging freedom of expression. The objectives of the “Youth Empowerment” project align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically targeting Sustainable Development Goal 16, which strives to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. UNESCO strongly believes that MIL supports the development of inclusive knowledge societies, encouraging the active engagement of youth through information and communication technologies, drawing on relevant quality content, based on human rights and dignity.




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