The Break the Fake Movement is proud to support the ASEAN Foundation’s new initiative called ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme, which was launched to further combat misinformation and disinformation in the region. With the support of a US$ 1.5 million grant from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, the ASEAN Foundation will lead the implementation of the two-year program, equipping 1,000+ trainers across ten ASEAN countries with media and information literacy skills who will in turn train 100,000+ end beneficiaries.
ASEAN Foundation, with support from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, officially announced the ASEAN Digital Literacy Programme on 28 October in conjunction with Media and Information Literacy week. This program aims to strengthen the digital literacy skills of ASEAN citizens, transforming them into agents of change that can combat online misinformation and disinformation.
Commenting on why they chose to fund this specific program, Google.org's Lead for APAC Marija Ralic, indicated that “At Google.org, we are always looking for gaps where we can make a real difference in impacted communities. UNESCO identified media literacy as key in fostering critical thinking, respect for cultural diversity, and open dialogue in the Asia Pacific region. But they also observed that one of the biggest hurdles to properly implementing media literacy education at scale was the lack of teacher training. That’s why we chose to support the ASEAN Foundation to fund “train the trainer” programs across the region to help deliver digital and media literacy to as many people as possible.”
In the implementation of the program, the ASEAN Foundation will work with local implementing partners in ten ASEAN countries to develop a tailor-made training curriculum and deliver them to the local trainers.
In the Philippines, the Break the Fake Movement will be one of the local implementing partners that will deliver the training to at least 70 master trainers nationwide.