Communications Commission will Train over 1000 School Pupils to Identify Fake Information
The Communications Commission is conducting media literacy trainings for over 1000 high school pupils from 50 schools in Tbilisi and the regions. The training sessions are part of the “Truth or Fiction?” contest and have been devised using the learning materials from the BBC Academy. Together with representatives from the Media Literacy Department of the Communications Commission, winners of the previous contest shared their experiences with 9th, 10th and 11th grade pupils. The knowledge gained by the pupils will help them to successfully participate in the media literacy competition.
The first edition of the “Truth or Fiction?” contest for bachelor’s degree students also took place in 2020. The best entrants received certified training from the Communications Commission to help them improve their qualifications.
As part of the training, representatives of the Media Literacy Department helped the pupils in developing the skills that are necessary to identify false information. These skills will help pupils to distinguish between true and fake news and navigate the internet safely. The knowledge obtained by the 9th, 10th and 11th grade pupils will help them to successfully participate in the “Truth or Fiction?” contest, which is due to continue until 30 June.
The “Truth or Fiction?” contest, which aims to develop critical thinking, analysis and fact-checking skills among young people, has been held successfully on four occasions. Around 500 school pupils and university students took part in the competitions. The fourth edition of the media literacy contest for school pupils has been announced. The deadline for the submission of entries is June 30.
For safety reasons, most training sessions take place online. However, representatives of the Media Literacy Department also implement on-site trainings in schools that meet the appropriate safety standards.