Meta hosted an official launch event for its digital literacy flagship program at the Beirut Digital District to announce a partnership with its local partner “Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training (LOST)” to implement an adults’ pilot program. As part of this engagement, the forum explored the importance of digital literacy programs for creating a safer online experience for users and reducing the risk of misbehavior in the real world.
My Digital World – Adults Pilot program is designed to be delivered as a complete curriculum in both virtual and in-person learning environments. The program will include extensive training of the Trainer model to create a pool of 30 – 50 local community facilitators who will lead the training of more than 2000 beneficiaries and lead public awareness campaigns.
There are five learning modules in the program; privacy, security, avoiding scams, media literacy, and digital citizenship. Each module aims to teach attendees skills for interacting with others in online communities in a positive and safe manner. To assess the effectiveness of its approach and program design, it will also work with local partners to incorporate a behavioral change analysis process.
Rama Halaseh, Policy Programs Manager at Meta for the MENAT, commented, “As our society continues to grow, online education and training have become a critical resource in almost every aspect of life, be it personal or professional. It has become a fundamental component of people’s growth choices. Accordingly, we devote significant resources to ensuring our platforms provide people with a safe and positive experience, which is why we invest heavily in tools and programs to safeguard people. Our partnership with the Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training will allow us to localize the My Digital World-Adults curriculum to meet the needs of marginalized communities in the Bekaa, Balbeck, and Hermel regions.
Dr. Rami Lakkis, Founder and Manager of Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training (LOST), said, “LOST cares deeply about digital literacy. With our strategic partnership with Meta, we aim to implement the Mydigitalworld (MDW) curriculum to address the needs of the targeted marginalized communities in the country’s Bekaa, Balbeck, and Hermel and equip people with the skills needed to navigate digital spaces safely and responsibly and succeed in an increasingly complex and digitally connected world.”