22.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Ramallah

Media and Information Literacy for all citizens, I am one of all!

Photo by Meriem Chikirou

"It is worth it to travel to a different part of the world. It was an enriching experience for me to be in São Paulo, Brazil, for the first time and to take part in the main conference celebrating Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016. That was a unique opportunity for me to strengthen my knowledge in MIL," says Sondos Faqeeh, member of the media working group within NET-MED Youth in Palestine.

Along with other young women and men members of NET-MED Youth representing youth and media organizations, Sondos participated in the Global MIL Week Feature Event for four days (2-5 November 2016) in São Paulo. The event offered several activities: plenary sessions, round tables and a full day devoted to youth to foster networking opportunities and speak up about their successful local initiatives of promoting MIL.

"I met other NET-MED Youth members from Algeria, Lebanon and Tunisia, as well as peers from other regions. We exchanged ideas on human rights, youth civic engagement, radicalization, today's youth problems, youth’s image in the media in Arab countries, the impact of social media and many other topics," says Sondos. "This intercultural dialogue opened my eyes to how vital it is for citizens around the world to acquire the necessary skills to find information that is both accurate and relevant, and to be equipped with the media literacy tools to actively participate in the creation of media content to disseminate their views and concerns."

Sondos' peers in Gaza also got to express themselves at the event through a video prepared especially for the occasion.The video to be added

Global MIL Week 2016 was led by UNESCO in cooperation with the General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Media and Information and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network. The Global MIL Week 2016 Feature Event was celebrated from 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil, with the aim to promote MIL-focused connections across educational institutions, organizations, policies, professions, initiatives and nations.

" I am an employee of an organization that works in the field of youth and media and focuses on the empowerment of young women journalists, and my organization and I will relay our newly acquired knowledge,” says Sondos with determination. “We will make the MIL content I accessed about through this experience available to our network and we will raise awareness among youth about the practical skills they need so they can better understand and play a more active role in the national media landscape”

Read more about UNESCO’s work on Media and Information Literacy and access useful resources on the topic here , and find out about NET-MED Youth’s support to MIL in Palestine here

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