USAID-Funded Central Asia Media Program Hosts Third Annual Media Literacy Eduthon
February 8, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – From February 8-12, 2022, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Central Asia Media Program is hosting its third annual Innovative Media and Digital Literacy Seminar, MediaCAMP Eduthon 2022. The online event brings together university professors, teachers, media trainers and experts in the field of media and digital literacy from Central Asia and beyond to promote media literacy in the region. Over five days, 30 participants from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will learn new skills and be mentored to develop projects to promote media literacy.
Opening the event, USAID Regional Mission Director for Central Asia, Lawrence Hardy, said, “An informed population equipped with the skills to sort out what is true and what is false is one of the most important ways to combat the spread of misinformation. He added, “Through media literacy initiatives, like this one, we encourage critical thinking so that you, as educators, can in turn positively influence your students to become savvy media consumers.” .
This year’s Eduthon focuses on creative forms of media literacy, with an emphasis on promoting media literacy through art. Experts will discuss advertising, film culture, games and visualization to teach media literacy and create engaging content. Anyone interested in media literacy is invited to attend the open sessions which will be broadcast on the Internews Facebook page on February 8 and 9, 2022. The sessions will cover advertising semiotics and film culture. For more details, visit this link.
“We hope this Eduthon will help media literacy experts meet the growing demand for compelling content that is accurate, timely and objective. We look forward to seeing what innovative and creative projects will come out of the Eduthon,” said Internews Central Asia Representative Office Chief and Central Asia Media Program Party Chief Marat Bigaliyev.
The Central Asia Media Program will provide financial support to some of the most promising projects developed at Eduthon for further implementation in 2022.
The Central Asia Media Program is funded by USAID and implemented by Internews. The Central Asia Media Program aims to develop a more balanced information environment in Central Asia in order to increase the openness of young people and adults to diverse ideas, opinions and perspectives, and thus increase their engagement in the civic participation. USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalyst for development results. For more information, please visit: USAID in Central Asia: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regionalCentral Asian Media Program: https://ru.internews.kz/mediacamp/Internews Global: https://internews.org/about-usand Internews in Kazakhstan: http://start.internews.kz/.