Connecting the Dots aims at mapping out current challenges and creating strategies to tackle the difficulties encountered by the young information consumers in South Sudan. The program is focused on how to cultivate the skills needed for creating a healthier and safer online experience devoid of toxic ideologies, hate speech, misinformation, disinformation, and fake news. It targets the youth between the ages of 20 and 35 who have an influential presence on Traditional Media and/or Social Media.
Since April 2018, we have held training in five countries; Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Cameroon.
The program hopes to create conditions that make it difficult for hate speech and fake news to proliferate by helping learners to develop the resilience and knowledge needed to tackle such vices. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) will be used as an approach to enable young people in South Sudan and the diaspora to prevent inciting hate and violence” and “immunize youth against manipulation and to challenge their own beliefs effectively and critically engage in these topics, and thus the integration of MIL in formal, non-formal and informal settings.
At the end of the program, the participants will create ideas on how to develop media content that will be shared on online and on traditional media channels with the aim of reaching the wider South Sudanese audience with hate free content. The aim is to occupy the media space with hate-free messages and create an environment for trust among stakeholders and citizens.