Google is providing $ 1.5 million to expand media literacy in Southeast Asia
Google, through its philanthropic arm Google.org, will donate $ 1.5 million to the ASEAN Foundation to advance media literacy education in the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the company announced today at the ASEAN Digital Literacy Forum.
“Often times, people in Southeast Asia lack the skills to interpret the information they find online – and efforts to change that have historically been fragmented and inadequate. Since we’ve been 10 years old since UNESCO’s First Global Media and Information Literacy Week, we want to ensure more Southeast Asians – especially first-time users – can navigate the Internet with confidence, “wrote Stephanie Davis, Vice President, Southeast Asia, in one Blog post.
In addition to the $ 1.5 million grant, Google employees plan to donate their time and technical expertise to the ASEAN Foundation and its beneficiaries. The aim of the contribution is to equip more than 1,000 trainers with new skills and materials so that they can train more than 100,000 people – from young people to older Internet users – in the next two years.
As part of the ASEAN Digital Literacy Forum, Google and the ASEAN Foundation also released a comic book to illustrate how misinformation can spread and what to do to prevent it.
“Whether it’s updating Google and YouTube’s product guidelines, improving the work of fact-checkers, or helping organizations like the ASEAN Foundation, we will continue to do everything we can to promote media literacy in Southeast Asia and beyond,” added the Contribution.