The virtual workshops are part of an on-going program aimed at equipping youth leaders with crucial responsible digital citizenship skills and media literacy awareness.
Thanks to a series of webinars and workshops held by Media Civics Lab, youth leaders around the country who signed up for the program, can now impart vital media knowledge to their youth constituents. The participants who mostly comprised of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders, closely followed the wide-ranging discussions that tackled several topics covering social media, digital citizenships, filtering information, and other issues related to the new media.
More than 20 online courses and webinars with subjects ranging from Fake News in Social Media, Women and Gender in Media, Copyright and Fair Use, Social Media Etiquette to the Influencer Phenomenon, attracted participants from all over the Philippines.
On to the Next Phase
After arming the SK leaders with ample knowledge about the new media, Media Civics Lab will now turn their attention on grooming them by conducting a series of Media and information literacy (MIL) training between the months of February and March of this year.
Apart from the training, the next phase of the program includes the distribution of offline media literacy toolkits to different localities all over the Philippines.
To expand the program, Media Civics Lab will once again call for participants from the community of SK Leaders to join the training program.
Another series of virtual Seminar-Workshops planned at the end of February is expected to be graced by known personalities in the Media and the Law such as Atty. Chel Diokno, Atty. Ernesto Neri and Dr. Sharmila Parmanand to serve as lecturers and speakers.
Participants who will graduate from the Media Civics Lab will be given a Certificate of Completion from Break the Fake Movement and Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) and the U.S. Embassy of the Philippines and will be eligible to compete in the Small Grants Competition; the winners of which will launch their own media literacy projects in their respective communities.
About Media Civics Lab
A joint project of the U.S. Embassy of the Philippines and Break the Fake Movement, and in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), the Media Civics Lab is a Media Literacy and Awareness Training for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and other emerging community youth leaders all over the country, with the goal of equipping them with crucial responsible digital citizenship skills and grooming them to become the next breed of media literacy and awareness champions in their respective communities.