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USA supports training of 1000 young people in media literacy project

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The United States government has announced its support in training 1,000 young people and 170 radio journalists in media literacy.

A statement titled “The US Supports Media Literacy Project To Build The Capacity Of 170 Radio Journalists And 1000 Youngsters” revealed the start of the media literacy project.

The US Consulate General in Lagos has teamed up with the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy and the Enugu Literacy Society to launch the project called Project Fact Check Nigeria.

At the opening ceremony of the workshop in Lagos on Monday, Stephen Ibelli, the US Consulate Public Affairs official, noted that accountable media is necessary for healthy democracy.

Ibelli said, “By promoting media literacy, we are strengthening the principles of transparency, good governance and the rule of law that serve as the essential cornerstones of our democratic system.”

Based on the existing curriculum on media skills of the Young African Leaders Initiative, the project would also teach 1,000 young managers the basics of digital fact checking.

As part of the project, WABMA and ELS entered into a partnership with 17 participating radio stations over the next 12 months to produce and broadcast media literacy and to combat misinformation broadcasts.

“In the coming months, we ask that you promote media literacy and educate your audiences and the people on your various social networks and communities to be vigilant about the threat of false information,” Ibelli said.

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