On June 21, 2023, the first training course for trainers in the field of media education, part of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded project “The Inclusive Media Literacy Education in Palestine,” was successfully concluded at the Institute for Community Engagement and Partnership (ICP) – Bethlehem University.

Thirteen teachers from various departments at Bethlehem University, including the Department of Arabic Language, the Faculty of Education, and the Department of Software Engineering, actively participated in the intensive five-day course held from 15 to 21 June. The course encompassed a total of 30 training hours.

The training was supervised by media education experts from the Finnish Foundation, namely Kaiso Knyonen, Katrina Narhinen, and Muhammad Badawiyya. It covered a variety of media and educational topics, including critical reading of journalism, fact-checking and teaching, the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, methods for incorporating critical reading of photojournalism into teaching, the use of social media in teaching, and pedagogical skills.

Upon completing the course, the participants received certificates from Bethlehem University and the Finnish Foundation’s lifelong learning foundation, KVS.

This course is part of a four-year media literacy education project that aims to benefit Bethlehem University students and the local community.

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