Kutaisi, 19 July 2022 (TDI): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continues its media literacy training throughout Georgia. It is aided by the USAID and Media Development Foundation (MDF) for Georgia.

Throughout Georgia, media literacy training has been carried out by UNICEF. Its most recent training was held in Kutaisi. It provided the young people there with information and skills to help them identify misinformation about COVID-19.

Purpose of Training

UNICEF with the help of USAID and MDF has launched this series of training to educate young people and children. Its purpose is to counter disinformation, dispel myths, and spread correct information, especially about Coronavirus.

The aim of this training is to help the youth learn about the correct things for COVID-19 protection and prevention and COVID-19 vaccines. In the modern world, information flow is rising especially through the use of technology.

It is necessary that people learn how to identify correct information and dispel the wrong one. Media Literacy has gained much popularity in Georgia.

The youth of Georgia has expressed much interest in learning how to defend themselves from misinformation.

Tools of Training

“Do not get the virus of disinformation” was the initial name of the campaign. The campaign includes media literacy training for people ranging from children to adults throughout Georgia.

People are equipped with skills to access, analyze, and critically evaluate the information they get through different websites through webinars and on-site sessions.

Moreover, Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia also said that media literacy is a crucial 21st-century skill and it develops analytical thinking in youth.

Henceforth, he said that UNICEF has started a great initiative to help the youth. They will learn to spread evidence-based information on different issues like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Role of USAID

The project is part of the USAID-supported project “Preventing and Responding to COVID-19 in Georgia”. It aims to support the government in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, it will help the state in minimizing the impact of the pandemic through risk communication and community management.