The schools, students, in particular, are one of the three important targets of Promoting Media and Information Literacy. YABONG, together with the country’s National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) conducted “𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗼 – 𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗦𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿-𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻" last August 18-20, 2021. NCCT provides free media education to children, parents and guardians, and educators through Media Literacy Orientation Services (MLOS) as part of its general functions. MLOS aims to equip them with the necessary skills to critically assess, evaluate, and create media content.
As one of the flagship projects of NCCT, YABONG led the conduct of the 3-day seminar-workshop to 10-17 years old, out of school youth, and students in Grades 5 to 12. It was to equip children to understand the concept of media literacy and create media content exhibiting actions to take for specific issues, using the Child-Friendly Television Content Standards. The MLOS was originally designed for face-to-face activities, but due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it shifted to an online learning system. YABONG team, being led by its founder, Dun Oliver Abiera and Executive Director, Patricia Lucena, together with the Secretary-General, Ryjean Quent Kamid, and Head of Research and Development, Kyle Aboy, extended their MIL expertise to over 30 children and their parents or guardians from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
At the end of the workshop, the students were paired and they were able to create digital campaigns on combating the spread of fake news and misinformation through their short video campaigns.