Youth 4 Media & Information Literacy (MIL) Nigeria

Youth 4 Media and Information Literacy (MIL) [Nigeria]
Through this project, the idea was to engage young people, along with members of existing traditional community networks, to tackle misinformation by enhancing their media and information literacy. The participants will be drawn from different faiths and ethnicities to work together and understand the danger of misinformation and social media misuse while acting as interfaith youth champions who encourage pluralism, inclusivity, and diversity. They will also serve as mentors and ambassadors of the campaign to tackle community-led media misinformation, manage the spread of rumors, and encourage media inclusivity; this network of local community-based influencers will be called Youth 4 MIL.
Eight schools
Community leaders, both traditional and religious
Political Figures
2-day training on MIL
3 radio programmes
Members of NGOs community including faith-based organizations
5 lawyers,
2 teachers,
4 journalists,
2 musicians.
10 High School Students.
Christians and Moslems
Men and Women
Almost 900 Direct participants
Targeting diversity and gender equity
All x-raying Fake news using
Appreciative Inquiry, looking at Meaning and Assumptions; the Information Cycle;
COVID19 and Fake News.

Understanding the COVID19 Pandemic, conflict and conflict Dynamics, the Conflict Handling Styles, Communication, Conflict and Conflict Management
Conflict Analysis.

New Mind setting on Information, Destructive Violence and its Consequences
Localization of the theory of conflict, and understanding communication, the practical consequences of destructive violence and exploration of practical conflict handling styles and the options available to community members to use.
Trainings were robust, and participatory, using role-play, with brainstorming questions and answers sessions.
Participants across appreciated the new knowledge gained in the understanding the causes of conflicts, conflict analysis and how not to engage information in conflict because of its negative impact on the individual and society and the economy.
Feedback from Participants
* The project is timely as it will serve as a response to the Jos lingering conflict
* The involvement of the youth in the project is valuable as this will help them realize the impact of such involvement in their lives and the economy of the community
* Many now believe they have new understanding of COVID19 and pandemics and how misinformation and fake news spread more fear than care.
* Involving women in the project will encourage them to become involved in more direct ways in peace building initiatives
* The project should be extended to the nocks and crannies of the local government and other local governments that have experienced conflicts of recent like Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Bassa.
* Some participants confessed their involvement in spreading information that incite, and raise the conflicts and pledge to work for peace.
* Project is enabling ambassadors to go home to form local groups in their localities.
More Feedback
This training is timely and very necessary for us here in Jos because now we understand the concepts around fake news, COVID19 and conflict and how they are so related. And that how we manage information counts as conflict mediators and we can now communicate amongst ourselves to see how to tackle them.’
My colleague persuaded me to come here and I do not regret it. I hope to use my platform for sharing information effectively and also pass this knowledge down to my fellow workers and mates within my community.
‘If Jos must be at peace through this kind of intervention, then the influencer and donors need to spread it in all the local governments for it to reach those people who spread false information.
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