Webinar Announcements: “Unlocking the truth with digital literacy” & “The common language of Sports”

DCN SEE HubDigital Communication Network and World Learning are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar Unlocking the truth with digital literacy”, which will take place in the 6th of October at 20:00 (Athens Time).

Africa, like all continents, is profoundly impacted by modern communication technologies. The information space is being reshaped, presenting both tremendous opportunities for the democratization of communication but also challenges materialized in disinformation and other malign forms of influencing. While media outlets attempt to keep up with technological advancements and trends, fact-checking alone is not sufficient to combat disinformation. The filters of information, such as social media platforms and other influencers, also play a role in shaping today’s media landscape.

The capacity of the population to process information, apply critical thinking, and make an educated assessment is the most important variable in preventing malign influence in the information space. Without this, no amount of fact checking will be able to keep up with the flood of disinformation. The need for primarily—but not only—young people in Africa to take an active interest in media and information technology and to develop a keen understanding of its impact on their lives is the motivation for this webinar.

This webinar will introduce the Digital Communication Network Africa, a coalition of digital influencers from a variety of professional fields working together to put digital information technologies to good use.

Tuesday, October 6 1:00 pm -2:30 pm Washington, DC time. Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOyrqTkiEtCnRmxBbVq2rs0olsrrTPMo?fbclid=IwAR1Pjd7WAgJcj7zeqJ8oLZ9UA8IdS7gc1iDIK0ppNPSzf2Pxro3LgYYaYmk

Joan Chirwa, Founder and Coordinator, Free Press Initiative, Zambia

Dr. Sam Kamau, Lecturer, Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communication, Kenya

Prossy Sheila Kawala, Director for Media Initiatives, Center for Media Literacy and Community Development, Uganda

Amanda Strydom, Program Manager, Senior Program Manager: CivicSignal and Engagement, Code for Africa. South Africa

Nikos Panagiotou, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network Global, Greece

Aurra Kawanzaruwa, Director, Africa is Digital

DCN SEE HubDigital Communication Network and World Learning are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar Common Language of Sports“, which will take place in the 8th of October at 18:00 (Athens Time).

As millions of people flow across international borders every year, the concerns about migrant and refugee integration into communities and local cultures have become a prominent feature on public policy debates around the world and will continue to be so in the future. While there are many important challenges surrounding refugee integration, the focus of this webinar will be on how sports can mitigate some of them.

Sports as a tool for promoting human rights, encouraging peace, and fostering international understanding in a spirit of mutual respect can play an important role in helping both host societies and new arrivals in a community to come together and build social connections. Common interests and values can be shared through sports, bringing people together to overcome differences and reduce intolerance. The webinar will address several issues connected to sports and refugees:

• What is the role of sports in integrating refugees and immigrants into communities, trying to achieve
cultural immersion and build useful skills?
• Which problems, difficulties and challenges these programs are faced with?
• What are the best strategies, attitudes and practices when working with refugees?
• Which kind of support sports instructors need, if they offer sports to refugee children and young adults,
in different institutional setting?
• What motivates the administrators and instructors to engage with refugee/immigrant communities?

Click here https://bit.ly/33tTCt0 to register.

Dr. Ayat Jebril | Social Work Professor, Yarmouk University | Jordan

Seren Fryatt | Executive Director, Life and Change Experienced through Sports | U.S.

Luma Mufleh | CEO and Founder, Fugees Family | U.S.

Nick Sore | Senior Refugee Sports Coordinator, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |Switzerland

Edema Wilson | District Sports Officer and Refugee Education Coordinator | Uganda

This webinar is part of World Learning’s International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) —Virtual Together
program, a series of virtual events, launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. ISPI is a program of U.S.
Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy division.

The series aims to engage the sports community globally, to creatively problem solve, share digital tools and work together, follow health guidance, and continue to promote active, healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally throughout this crisis. Additional modules related to these objectives are being developed and will be announced.

The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.

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