The technology giant Google and several social organizations announced the launch this Wednesday of “DigiMente”, a program to promote media education in Latin America and thus combat misinformation.
Aimed at students from schools in vulnerable communities throughout the region, the initiative will offer lessons to “train in how to create and share content ethically and strengthen critical thinking to face the challenges posed by technology,” the company explained in a statement. sent to Efe.
Initially, this program will start with a pilot in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, and then expand through an online education platform to all of Spanish-speaking Latin America.
“This responds to an initiative by Google to promote the availability of truthful and quality information, because we recognize that in the digital age a significant part of the learning of our young people occurs online, in a vertiginous way and without many controls,” said the giant of internet searches.
“DigiMente: media education for Latin America” is led, precisely, by the social laboratories Movilizatorio, Teach For All, Enseñá por Argentina, Enseña por Colombia and Enseña por México, under the support of the Google News Initiative, the dependence of technology in favor of journalism and transparent information.
The goal is “to generate a curriculum in Spanish that is freely available and open to teachers and students throughout the continent,” Google completed in its note.
The Mountain View (California, USA) company confirmed that, as part of the schedule, project development is expected to be concentrated throughout 2020 and 2021.
During the first semester of the year, it has already focused on researching and gathering information on media consumption and management and on evaluating the “level of critical and socio-emotional analysis” that Hispanic American children and young people between 12 and 17 have. years.
According to Google, this collection has been carried out in rural and urban educational institutions in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico through an online questionnaire, telephone interviews and focus groups.
On the basis of these results obtained, the first version of the curriculum is currently being built for its implementation in the second half of the year.
“We know that education has the power to transform the reality of young people across the continent. For this reason, and recognizing that information moves through hundreds of channels every day, we are committed to creating a series of tools and activities of learning that allow us to empower teachers and students inside and outside the classrooms, “the company closed.
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