The Communication Commission, the Ministry of Education and Science and UNICEF start integrating media literacy into formal education
Tbilisi, Georgia, 13 July 2022. The Communication Commission has initiated a process of integrating media literacy in formal education in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, UNICEF and with the financial support from USAID to address the misinformation related to COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the factors that contribute to the spread of misinformation and identifying the solutions to tackle this issue is critical to support effective public health responses and save lives.
At the initial stage of the project, media literacy needs will be assessed in school communities. In close cooperation with the Teachers’ Professional Development Centre, a media literacy education standards, a training manual, and a training module for teachers will be developed for all stages of a general education. Trainers from the Teachers’ Professional Development Centre and teachers will go through the training based on the new resources.
“Media literacy is one of the crosscutting competencies of the National Curriculum and it empowers children and young people to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens” - Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
”Integration of media literacy in formal education will enable young people to be better prepared to navigate through the wealth of information they receive through various media. UNICEF is delighted to join efforts with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Communication Commission and USAID to support young people in this important journey”, added Khalil.
“The Communication Commission has supported the development of media literacy in Georgia for more than four years. Fake news is the biggest challenge of the 21st century and the modern world. The key weapon to counter it is a citizen equipped with media literacy and knowledge. I’m delighted at the opportunity to implement another critically important and efficient project in partnership with UNICEF and with the financial support of USAID. The project will certainly be implemented with the involvement of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, to whom we extend our gratitude. In close cooperation with the Ministry, GNCC has already implemented numerous successful projects for teachers and schoolchildren in cooperation with the Ministry. However, the effort to integrate media literacy in formal education is of paramount importance”, stated Natia Kukuladze, a member of the Communication Commission.
“In the modern digital era saturated with numerous and diverse media products, media literacy is one of the key competencies. According to the National Curriculum, media literacy as a crosscutting competency implies improving the quality of media literacy at all stages of a general education. Media literacy is crucial for a teacher’s social, emotional, and cognitive development and elaborating such functional component skills as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and citizenship. Based on the requirements of the National Curriculum, a whole range of learning activities are introduced in formal education, contributing to the improvement of the quality of media literacy and helping students to develop the skill of navigating through a complex and multifaceted media space. Partnership with the Communication Commission will add even more strength and sustainability to the support of introduction of media literacy competencies in the education process”, stated Tamar Makharashvili, First Deputy Minister of Education.
With support of USAID, UNICEF has already launched a series of digital literacy workshops for young people in different regions of Georgia to counter disinformation about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.
About USAID in Georgia: As the leading development agency of the U.S. Government, USAID supports Georgia to build the capacity to plan, finance, and implement its own solutions to development challenges. USAID has worked in Georgia since 1992, supporting the country’s transformation into a developing democracy that is increasingly integrated into Western political, security, and economic institutions. More than 30 USAID programs strengthen Georgia's resilience to malign influence, consolidate democratic gains through enhanced citizen responsive governance, and enable high-value employment through increased economic growth. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/georgia.
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