In order to provide tools and strengthen the communication and digital activism skills of adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean, Save the Children and Chicos.net launch the virtual course “Activism for your rights” with the support of Discovery and Ormusa.
This initiative seeks to strengthen the communication skills of adolescents from organizations that are part of Save the Children’s Civil Society Support Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (PASC) and in turn promote their right to freedom of expression, access to information and participation.
This new edition of the course will focus on the collaborative development of a regional digital campaign focused on the right to Comprehensive Sexual Education, a topic of interest to adolescents.
“Schooling challenges or social isolation as a consequence of COVID-19 has made us look for creative and viable alternatives so that children and adolescents can strengthen their channels of communication, expression and voice, and as a result we have this initiative adapted to the new normal,” commented Victoria Ward, Save the Children’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Through an online modality, nine meetings will focus on the role and functions of the media in democratic societies in order to critically evaluate the contents consumed. In addition, the importance of making an ethical and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be discussed and tools will be provided for the strategic development of the campaign and the design of the communication pieces that will be part of it.
“The pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need for young people to develop digital skills so that their voices can be heard, even behind masks and lock-ups,” says Marcela Czarny, director of Chicos.net.
The course will be attended by adolescents and young people from Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It is expected that, at the end of the course, participants will make a qualitative leap in the use they make of digital media, for the exercise of their rights and the good of society as a whole.
As Julieta Goldsmidt, one of the workshop leaders, says in a video that will be part of the classes: “let’s make the most of the technologies, so that we can use the networks and the networks do not use us”.
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