Digital Literacy in Lebanon

Between April 2018 and April 2019 Project Someone partnered with five NGOs in Lebanon to design and deliver a series of workshops. The workshops focussed primarily on critical digital literacy and social pedagogy in an aim to build capacity and empower Lebanese communities.

 

 

The partner organisations work with different minority groups including special needs individuals (Youth Association of the Blind and the Inclusion Network), women (Collective for Research and Training Development Action), Syrian refugees (Basmeh and Zeitooneh), Palestinian refugees (Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation), and youth in K—12 settings as represented by Heritage College.

After a rigorous needs assessment, the heads of the partner organizations, co-developers, and co-facilitators from the fabric of the Lebanese community worked together in the development, implementation, and the contextualization of the workshop materials. This strategy ensured that the voices of the minorities were heard through local case studies and storytelling that participants would be able to relate to easily. The pedagogical materials were modified from existing Project Someone resources, from the Hate to Hope MOOC, and some created from new.

There were 4 types of workshops, 16 in total, held locally in Lebanon.

This project was funded by Global Affairs Canada (2018–2019).

Workbooks

Digital citizens of Tomorrow

This workshop targets school teachers and is titled Digital citizens of Tomorrow. Five workshops took place from July to October 2018 with teachers who have an impact on secondary stakeholders in schools all over Lebanon.

The learning objectives of this workshop were:

  • the characteristics of digital citizens, their rights and responsibilities
  • critical digital media literacy skills
  • how to communicate and collaborate online while being respectful of diversity
  • how to use social media for civic engagement

Digital Citizens of Tomorrow (Workbook for school teachers)

Digital Citizens of Tomorrow  (Workbook for school teachers in Arabic)

Digital Empowerment

This workshop targets social workers and is titled Digital Empowerment. Four workshops took place in September and October 2018 with participating social workers.

The learning objectives of this workshop were:

  • the characteristics of digital citizens, their rights and responsibilities
  • about the dark side of social media
  • critical thinking skills for enhanced online resilience
  • how to develop a sense of digital empathy
  • how to use social media for civic engagement

Digital Empowerment (Workbook for social workers in Arabic)

Online Media and the Critical Thinker 

This workshop targets social media activists and aspiring journalists and is titled Online Media and the Critical Thinker. Six workshops were conducted in October and November 2018.

The learning objectives of this workshop were:

  • the characteristics of digital citizens, their rights and responsibilities
  • about the dynamics of online hate
  • how to identify online propaganda and manipulation techniques
  • critical digital media literacy skills
  • how to use social media for advocacy and resiliency

Online Media and the Critical Thinker (Workbook for media activists in Arabic)

Web 2.0 : A platform for Peace (not Hate)

This workshop targets university professors and it titled Web 2.0: A Platform for Peace (not Hate.

One workshop took place in October 2018.

The learning objectives of this workshop were:

  • the characteristics of digital citizens, their rights and responsibilities
  • about the dynamics of online hate and how to build resiliency against it
  • critical digital media literacy skills
  • peace education strategies to tackle online hate

Web 2.0 – a Platform for Peace (Workbook for university instructors)

Team

Jihan Rabah PhD

Jihan Rabah is currently Vice President, Research and Analysis at eConcordia/KnowledgeOne. She was a Mitacs postdoctoral research fellow at Project Someone from 2016 to 2018. Her research interests are grounded in the affordances of digital technologies in education, specifically the intersections of liberating and/or oppressing roles social media can play in learning environments.

Randa Khalaf

Randa Khalaf is a curriculum designer and workshop trainer specializing in global citizenship and preventing online hate with a passion for empowering young children and teens to recognize and realize the need to affect change.

Downloads

Digital Citizens of Tomorrow (Workbook for school teachers)

Digital Citizens of Tomorrow  (Workbook for school teachers in Arabic)

Digital Empowerment (Workbook for social workers in Arabic)

Online Media and the Critical Thinker (Workbook for media activists in Arabic)

Web 2.0 – a Platform for Peace (Workbook for university instructors)