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Media education vital for students

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, July 17, 2014

A COMMUNICATIONS specialist believes media education is necessary for students to enable them to have an objective view of the media.

Mary Rokonadravu, who was the chief guest at yesterday's Fiji Media Watch 20th birthday celebration and workshop, said even before entering the formal classroom, children (and toddlers) were exposed to, and participated in media use.

"The Year 12 — 13 school curriculum is taught to a generation of children who receive staggered and systematic education formally but are informally participating in media use of an unprecedented level in human history," Ms Rokonadravu said.

"We are faced with information overload but have never as a people, paused to take stock of our situation, identified issues and map a way forward.

"We have done very little to prepare both ourselves and our children to be able to navigate the media to glean truth.

"We have done next to nothing to build into ourselves the skills for analysis of information and the approaches used to influence our thinking and behaviour."

Ms Rokonadravu, who has been a consultant with various government and academic, institutions, said "for the first time in human history, we have brought the entire world's information literally to our fingertips, yet we have not prepared ourselves and our children to process this labyrinth".

She said failing to do so, led to confusion and a lack of readiness to participate in the full, vibrant journey of life.








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