Closing date: 22 September 2018
UNESCO is inviting written proposals from local or international organisations for this work assignment.
The “Youth Empowerment” project advances Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a holistic response to foster a more ethical and critical use of media and Internet, therefore contributing to prevent hate speech through them. The action builds on over 40-years experience that UNESCO has in MIL worldwide. Moreover, the project will build upon the pilot initiative experienced under the EU funded project “Support to Media in Jordan”. The project will strengthen capacities of public institutions (universities and schools), media and education professionals and civil society organizations to strengthen MIL in four governorates: Irbid, Zarqa, Ma’an, and Mafraq.
To build inclusive knowledge, societies require the active engagement of all young women and men through information and communication technologies, drawing on relevant quality content, on the basis of human rights and dignity. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is among the most effective responses to that. Since the Project aims at strengthening youth and equipping them with more in depth critical thinking and other tools, to be more aware of the risk of being influenced by and engaged in hate speech content, the project targets the key institutions that gather youth. UNESCO will convene and mobilise national authorities, schools, local radio stations and civil society organizations with a view to empower youth with MIL skills so that they are better equipped to recognize and respond to the risks.
The overall objective of the assignment is to support professors and students in two Universities radio stations in Irbid and Ma’an to produce and broadcast content that promote Media and Information Literacy concepts. In particular, the radio stations will inform student communities on what MIL is, what the difference is between professional journalism and strategic communication and how the strategic communication could be used to channel human rights principles or, in opposition, hate speech and misinformation. Radio volunteers will be engaged in the production and will learn by doing how to deal with key aspects of freedom of expression. Also, the audience will learn through the radio broadcasting how to protect themselves from hate speech and will be asked to engage with the radio programs. Moreover, the listeners will learn how to develop critical thinking vis-à-vis the flow of information we are all exposed to nowadays, through the MIL content the radios will produce.
The expected results are:
1. Eight Radio members (professors and staff) and 50 students in two Universities are trained on MIL skills;
2. At least 30 radio shows are developed by professors and students and broadcast by two University radios and other radio stations.
The assignment is expected to start in October 2018 and be concluded not later than November 2019.
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