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DUBAWA’s Annual Week for Truth: Promoting Media and Information Literacy in Digital Spaces

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With support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), operating through its Fact-checking, Verification, and Media and Literacy Programme, DUBAWA is proud to announce the launch of its highly anticipated annual media and information literacy campaign, Week for Truth (#W4T).

Aligned with the core mandate of DUBAWA, which is to champion the dissemination of research-based and factually verifiable content in public discourse, public policy, and journalism practice, the Week for Truth campaign has become a vital platform for fostering media and information literacy.

This year, Week for Truth is part of the celebration of the United Nations’ annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week, with the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Digital Spaces: A Collective Global Agenda.”

Scheduled to run from Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27, 2023, this marks the fourth edition of Week for Truth since its inception in 2019. The campaign will span across DUBAWA’s countries of operation, including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.

Events and activities scheduled within the week online and offline include:

  1. Online campaign: DUBAWA will deploy its digital platforms to disseminate multimedia content, providing Media and Information Literacy (MIL) tips on how to engage with and responsibly create and utilise online information.
  2. X (Twitter) spaces: On Thursday, October 26th, DUBAWA will host an in-depth discussion on the intersection and disparities between digital literacy and media and information literacy. This dialogue will explore the relevance of both concepts and emphasise the imperative of their co-existence. The theme for the discussion is “Media and Information Literacy in Digital Spaces: The Situation and the Interventions.”
  3. Sensitisation campaigns in schools: DUBAWA is deploying over 100 trained volunteers to elementary, junior, senior, and tertiary educational institutions across Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia. These volunteers will educate students on the risks associated with social media usage, impart skills on identifying false information, and promote responsible media usage.

Commenting on the significance of media and information literacy in today’s world, the Programme Officer for DUBAWA Ghana, Roselena Ahiable, emphasised the importance of this global fight against information disorder.

In a world facing a multitude of global digital and information challenges, the imperative for all media users to become media and information literate has never been more vital. DUBAWA calls on the general public to actively participate in its week-long programme, Week for Truth, and join the mission to amplify a culture of truth in society.

For further information, inquiries, or to get involved, please visit Dubawa.org or reach out to us on WhatsApp.

About DUBAWA :

DUBAWA is a West African independent verification and fact-checking project, initiated by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) and supported by the most influential newsrooms and civic organisations in West Africa to help amplify the culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice. It has a presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia.

Signed 

Akintunde Babatunde

Director of Programmes, DUBAWA/CJID

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