UNESCO Integrates Media and Information Literacy into Jordanian schools
UNESCO Office in Amman, in cooperation with the Jordan National Commission for UNESCO and Arab Women Media Center has implemented a project targeting high school students with the aim of fostering media and information literacy among youth in Jordanian schools. The main objective of the project is to teach youth to collect, assess and use information through new and traditional media, providing them with the skills to express themselves in a professional manner.
The project, which was executed throughout the second scholastic semester 2012-2013, targeted four UNESCO Associated Schools from Amman, Ajloun and Aqaba. 40 male and female students aged 16 and 17 from Princess Taghreed School and Modern Systems Schools in Amman; Prince Faisal the First School in Aqaba; and Kufranja Secondary School in Ajloun, took part in this project.
The selection of participating schools was done by the Jordanian National Commission for UNESCO in consultation with UNESCO Office in Amman. The schools were chosen to represent the southern, northern, and central parts of Jordan. The commission conducted visits to the concerned directorates and schools, presented the project and highlighted its significance, and provided guidelines for the selection of teachers and students.
The project titled “Integrating Media and Information Literacy into Jordanian Schools” consisted of two phases. The first phase comprised a training of trainers (TOT) workshop for teachers, where the key principles of the project were identified as part of the overall training to enable them to assist specialized trainers from Arab Women Media Center (AWMC) in teaching the students the basics of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
In the second phase of the project, AWMC trainers, supported by the teachers, provided a hands-on training for the students on journalistic writing skills, debating techniques, web search, and website development, in addition to management and dissemination of information through modern media tools.
On May 13, a closing ceremony will be held under the Patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Mohammed Al-Wahsh, at Al Hussein Cultural Center where the schools will compete in a debating competition on “Freedom of Expression via Modern Tools”. The students will also display electronic newsletters that they produced as part of the project including articles they wrote to highlight vital issues in their communities with a special focus on youth and gender. A brief presentation on the project including students’ testimonies will be featured as part of the event.
This project comes under the SIDA funded Global Action with special focus on the Arab Region “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Freedom of Expression”.
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