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"PYALARA" conducts the 2021 MIL Competition for Journalists.

On the occasion of the Media and Information Literacy Week.

The Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation- PYALARA, in cooperation with the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the German Deutsche Welle Academy, held a competition for journalists in its headquarters in the village of Jaba’ and its office in the Gaza Strip.

MIL week, which is approved by the United Nations General Assembly, falls between 24 to 31 of October each year.

The competition activities were held simultaneously between the PYALARA’s headquarters in Jaba and its office in the Gaza Strip, with the presence of a group of journalists and media professionals who met the conditions of the competition.

Abu Bakr praised PYALARA's pioneering role in educating Palestinian youth and media professionals with skills related to media and information literacy, stressing the importance of the partnership between the Syndicate and youth and media institutions for the purpose of developing skills, especially with the rapid development of communication.

In her opening speech, Nasser El-Din welcomed the journalists who came from various governorates of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, pointing out the importance of promoting awareness of media and information literacy, and affirming PYALARA's keenness to strengthen partnership with all official and civil institutions.

Tannous referred to UNESCO's keenness to support MIL projects and initiatives, and stressed UNESCO's important role in promoting the literary and academic legacy on MIL at the level of public education, university education, and institutions at the international level.

 In turn, Al-Bitar welcomed the attendees, and reviewed the stages in which PYALARA contributed to the dissemination of media and information literacy at the level of school and university students and the rest categories of the society. Al-Bitar praised the pivotal role of the Ministry of Education in supporting the implementation of activities in schools, as well as the continuous cooperation with the Syndicate of Journalists, universities and many institutions working in this field, stressing the importance of dealing with media and information literacy as a way of life, and providing individuals with the necessary skills to deal with the huge amount of information.

 The competition included 50 questions (multiple choices), focused on media and information literacy issues, including: false news, digital security, cyberbullying, critical thinking, and general cultural questions. The Kahoot application was used, which calculates points based on the accuracy and speed of answers.

In turn, Alaa Moqbel, director of PYALARA office in Gaza, stressed that the competition aims to integrate journalists into efforts to spread the culture of media and information literacy, whether through publishing or verifying news and fighting rumors, noting that this competition comes within a number of activities implemented by the PYALARA during this period.

The results of the competition were as follows:

First place:

  • Jamila Mansour, from Roya Media Production in Ramallah.
  • Nidal Al-Wahidi, from the office of Al-Najah satellite channel in the Gaza Strip.

Second place:

  • Ahlam Dawoud, from the Department of Public Relations and Media in the Directorate of Education - Jerusalem Suburbs.
  • Hana Al-Jarusheh, from the radio of the Ministry of Education in Gaza.