In cooperation with the DVV International Armenia office, "Aren Mehrabyan" Foundation conducted Media Literacy courses
Within the framework of “Media Literacy for Disadvantaged Adults” project, the six-day training course on “Media Literacy for Participants of 44-days War ”was held at “Aren Mehrabyan” Charitable Foundation. Those courses aimed to build a media-literate society and minimize the influence of media on people, caused by disinformation, and wrong, incomplete information.
On the first day of training Mr. Mher Mehrabyan, director of “Aren Mehrabyan” Charitable Foundation welcomed participants of the training, specifying the significance of issues related to media and media literacy, particularly during the war. Misha Tadevosyan, Program Coordinator of DVV International in Armenia gave an opening speech, by introducing participants of training the objectives and results of “Media Literacy for Disadvantaged Adults” project.
During the training, media experts Tirayr Muradyan and Lusine Grigoryan also took part in training, who spoke to participants and discussed the rules of media literacy, critical thinking, privacy of personal life in digital environment, the requirement to receive information, disinformation and propaganda, control of facts.
The “Media Literacy” game was conducted in a warm and active atmosphere, the key purpose was to develop media literacy and critical thinking of adults.
The participants in training watched the documentary film “Trust me”. The film was about disinformation and the struggle against it. The film presents cases that demonstrate the consequences of the influence of disinformation in terms of public opinion and changing public behavior. The film presents the stories of people who had fatal life changings by believing false information. The watching of the film was interrupted from time to time, during which participants discussed the different episodes of the film.
During the last sixth course of training, the participants recalled the previous topics of the total course, and the course was concluded by filling out a crossword puzzle. By filling out the crossword, the knowledge of participants in the field of media was verified. At the end of the six-day training course, Satik Nairyan, deputy director of “Aren Mehrabyan” Charitable Foundation congratulated all participants of the training and gave them certificates.
It should be noted that “Media Literacy for Disadvantaged Adults” project is implemented by the joint efforts of DVV International in Armenia and the Public Journalism Club (PJC) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.