Ghunaimat: The government has prioritized “Media Literacy”

21 Oct 2019

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat has affirmed the importance of the role of the national team handling the media and information literacy project. The team provides concepts and ideas for enriching the project which aims to create awareness among the youth on required digital knowledge, and strengthening them against the risks inherent in social media platforms. 

During a meeting with the team members at the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday, and with the attendance of Jordan Media Institute (JMI) Dean Dr. Basim Tweissi, Ghunaimat pointed out to the significance of cooperation among all relevant parties to serve the project’s executive goals. It is noted that JMI is considered the executive arm of said project.

Minister Ghunaimat took into consideration the comments of the national team regarding the executive plan. On his part, JMI Dean Dr. Basim Tweissi stated that JMI introduced a number of activities relating to households in accordance with the concerns and feedback received from the national team. Tweissi pointed to the importance of media and information literacy due to its overlap with various basic sectors in society. He added that the project underwent multiple phases prior to taking its current form, and that the JMI held intensive consultations with the partners involved, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Youth.

The Ministry of Education’s media spokesperson Walid Jallad stated that the Ministry has begun -via cooperation with JMI- in training teachers on media and information literacy, in addition to establishing media-oriented clubs distributed throughout education directorates in various governorates.

Also, in collaboration with JMI, Jallad pointed out that during the current academic year, the Ministry has introduced lessons on media literacy concepts in the textbooks on national and social education for grades seven and eight, and the computer textbook of grade ten. He added that the Ministry is also implementing a number of media literacy activities during extracurricular events.  

It should be pointed out that Prime Minister Dr. Omar Razzaz has assembled a governmental team headed by the Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson to follow up on the media and information Literacy project. The team includes the secretary general of the Ministry of Education, the secretary general of the Ministry of Youth, the assistant secretary general of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the executive director of the National Center for Curricula Development, the media spokesperson for the Ministry of Education and the director of curricula administration at the Ministry.

Source: Petra (adapted)