By Yunus S Saliu
The Premium Time Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) launched a three-day training program for 40 young leaders on Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
The MIL training which takes place at Senegambia Beach Hotel, Kololi was organized by UNESCO to strengthen the capacities of young Gambian leaders to research, critically assess and contribute with confidence to media and information, online and off. line.
In his online opening address, Dr Tobi Oluwatola of the Premium Time Center for Investigative Journalism welcomed the young leaders participating in the UNESCO PTCIJ training, while emphasizing the importance for them of media training and information (MIL).
Dr Oluwatola, among others, explained and briefed on the risk of misinformation and misinformation, including information clouding, especially in the age of modern technological devices.
As the country prepares for the elections, “the first general elections after Jammeh,” he noted, urging them to follow the standard to allow them access to the information needed to consolidate democracy.
He therefore thanked UNESCO for carrying out the training and in extension the PTCIJ which provided the training.
Caroline Anipah, program officer for the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, said the goal of the three-day training is to build the capacity of young people with MIL skills to enable them to engage ethically with the ‘information and media’ especially social media, for a positive community development through peaceful and democratic public discourse.
Commenting on the importance of training, she said that media and information skills equip young people with the skills to participate ethically in public debate, demystify fake news and tackle hate speech. .
She added that the development of a young population knowing the media and information is essential for the sustainable development of any society.