Chioma Amaechi, Head Media Literacy for National Film and Video Censors Board and Prof. Nalia Hamdy Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.
NEWYORK ― Chioma Amaechi, Head of Media Literacy for the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) attended the 8th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) held on Monday 19 to Tuesday 20, November, 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters.
Themed: Commit2Dialogue: Partnerships for Prevention and Sustaining Peace, the forum brought together valid international actors from diverse fields to build productive partnerships and networks.
Amaechi has been active with promoting the Media Literacy Program—one of the initiative of the censors board aimed at educating the public on media contents, catching them young not only in the nation but also in Diaspora.
The National Film and Video Censors Board in collaboration with Google and other agencies have been able to pass the message across.
Furthering the promotion, Amaechi writes on the need to promote the initiative.
Below is the write up…
THE NEED TO PROMOTE MEDIA LITERACY
The Production of News and Information does no longer remain in the capacity of Journalists, but within everyone’s capacity. Without the necessary skills, the creation of information and News is not always done in a responsible way or in a professional manner. As people spend more and more time on the internet engaging in digital Media, educating them to use the internet properly helps to build resilience against discrimination and indoctrination, and ensures that everyone uses media in an informed and responsible way.
Media Literacy often help people to avoid becoming victims of Fake News, Cyber-bullying, Hate Speeches etc. Without Media Literacy, People especially from disadvantaged groups miss out in social opportunities or are stuck in a limited environment which most often conforms and amplifies biased opinions.
Violent Extremism, Tribal, Ethnic or Racial Ideologies is often times aided by digital media which play major role in helping Its spread. Amplifying the Voice of Love and Tolerance via constant online engagement goes a long way to help curb hate speeches, fake news and Violent extremism which most often come from none inclusion.
Media is a very strong key to spread common values, Creating positive messages and countering Narratives. The amount of information available to everyone at the click of a Mouse is overwhelming and as such Today’s citizens need to acquire new skills to manage New reality. Digital Skills, Critical thinking and Media Literacy are key skills and competences needed by Today’s Modern Citizens.
“To this end, UN encouraged Member States to empower Youths through the Promotion of Media and Information Literacy, by including young People in decision making processes and the development of relevant Programs and initiatives aimed at preventing violent extremism”.