USAID-funded Central Asia Media Program hosts international conference on media literacy

ALMATY. KAZINFORM On June 9-10, 2022, the Central Asia Media Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting an international media literacy conference at the Kazakhstan Hotel in Almaty, the Embassy of the United States informs of its website.

Opening the event, USAID Regional Mission Director for Central Asia, Lawrence Hardy II, said, “Media literacy is neither ideological nor political, but it is the ability to decipher messages and to think critically about information. Critical thinking is one of the key life skills that must be mastered by all citizens as active participants in a democratic society. It helps to promote stability and avoid social polarization, thereby increasing public trust in government.”

The conference, which will be joined by representatives of government agencies and education-related ministries from the region, will showcase best practices from Central Asia and beyond, with a focus on creative approaches. The event notably includes the premiere of a musical on media literacy by young Kazakh author Annas Baghdat, finalist of the regional Internews MediaCAMP Eduthon in 2022.

Participants will also discuss trends in promoting media literacy, such as the interdisciplinary approach, gamification, mobile technologies and engagement with the performing arts. Another important theme of the conference is society’s resilience to disinformation in times of crisis. Several sessions will be devoted to the specific challenges that Central Asia currently faces in this regard and ways to address them.

“Each year we become more and more convinced that media literacy skills are vital in the information age in which we live. There is still a lot of work to do. We will move faster if civil society, NGOs and government support each other. We hope that the MediaCAMP international conference on media literacy will lay the foundation for future cooperation,” said Marat Bigaliyev, Head of Internews Central Asia Representative Office and Head of Central Asia Media Program Party. .
Anyone interested in media literacy is invited to attend the open sessions which will be broadcast on the Internews YouTube channel on June 9 and 10, 2022. Topics include the national strategy to promote media literacy in Finland, the new standards of media literacy and challenges regarding disinformation in Central Asia. The agenda of the open sessions is available on the following link.

The Central Asia Media Program is funded by the US Agency for International Development (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.

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Donnie J. Milburn