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AFV launches films in education media literacy campaign

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The Abuja Film Village (AFV) has launched a films on education media literacy campaign and training of secondary school students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and how to identify fake and real news on social media.

The convener of the event and CEO of the Abuja Film Village, Dr. Francisca Ibezim, during the launch which was held at Government Secondary School, Garki in Abuja, weekend lauded the federal government’s decisive actions against fake news, while soliciting sustained and determined action because of the plethora of information on the internet which can be used maliciously.

He stated the need to inculcate and promote media literacy and films in education awareness training into the national curriculum to ensure access for every Nigerian child.

“Because 21st-century kids are growing up in a digital world and media change, they must be educated on the consequences of the change is presenting. The internet and social media have given our youth access to lots of information both real and fake,” he stated.

‘According to him, teaching media literacy provides relevant skills to detect what information is fake, misleading, or real. This enables them to think critically about all the information they process,” he said.

The event was coordinated in partnership with the, ‘I Am the Future of Nigeria Youth Initiative’ (IFON), the Actors Guild of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Film Corporation.

The speakers at the event emphasized the need for media action to sensitize the Nigerian populace on the scourge of fake news.

Chief executive officer of ‘I am the Future of Nigeria Youth Initiative’, Mrs. Noni Okocha, during the event, delivered a ‘Spot the Fake News’ training to 100 students of Government Secondary School which elicited positive reviews from all guests and participants in attendance.

The students received further training in film production and photography to enable them to develop an interest in media as a future career path.

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