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Facebook launches We Think Digital Program in Mongolia to cultivate responsible digital citizens

Facebook launches We Think Digital Program in Mongolia to cultivate responsible digital citizens

Free educational programs and awareness campaign to build safer online communities and to train 10,000 people in Mongolia this year

ULAANBAATAR – April 14, 2021 – Today, Facebook launched We Think Digital, a multi-phased awareness and educational campaign to help Mongolia internet users navigate the online world safely and responsibly, and cultivate responsible digital citizens with complete digital literacy. Created in partnership with Faro Foundation, Mongolia’s Ministry of Education and Science, and Communication and Information Technology Authority. We Think Digital features a wide range of online and offline initiatives over the course of this year, including free online training webinars, and educational content on the We Think Digital website. The program aims to train 10,000 local digital citizens by the end of the year.

As a response to the urgent need for stronger digital literacy and digital citizenship, Facebook is bringing the global program “We Think Digital” to Mongolia for the first time. The program aims to teach people how to navigate their privileges and obligations in today’s evolving digital space, how they should decipher and share information online, and most importantly, how they should interact with other people in online communities. Facebook’s We Think Digital Program is the expansion of Digital Literacy Library, which was also developed by Facebook and launched in Mongolia in 2019. We Think Digital is an extensive training program composed of eight modules covering topics such as digital citizenship, online safety, hate speech and bullying, privacy and cyber security, as well as misinformation.

Picture 1. Director of Public Policy at Facebook George Chan

“We know our job is never done when it comes to online safety, and we will continue to build better tools, improve our policies, and partner with experts to ensure our platforms offer a safe and positive experience for our community,” said George Chen, Director of Public Policy at Facebook. “The launch of We Think Digital in Mongolia today shows our long-term commitment in people, technology, programs and partnerships, such as reducing the spread of misinformation and minimizing incidences of online harassment, to keep our communities closer together.”

Picture 2. Prime Minister of Mongolia L. Oyun-Erdene

To commemorate the launch of the program, Facebook and its partners will hold a series of online webinars. For which, the Prime Minister of Mongolia L. Oyun-Erdene sent his regards and quoted, “We are excited for Facebook to launch its We Think Digital Program in Mongolia today. Mongolia has prioritized digital transformation this year, and this implementation is much timely as the government sought to foster digital literacy in its education system. We extend our sincerest appreciation to Facebook for this imperative investment for our people. I am confident that we will continue collaborating with Facebook in many other ways to support Mongolia’s economic and social development.”

Picture 3. Chairwoman at Communication and Information Technology Authority B. Bolor-Erdene

PM L. Oyun-Erdene officially delegated Chairwoman at Communication and Information Technology Authority B. Bolor-Erdene to represent the Government of Mongolia and quote him during the event.

Apart from Faro Foundation, Facebook is also proud to have many supporting organizations for We Think Digital launch in Mongolia, including Faro Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science, Communication and Information Technology Authority, UNICEF and Fact Check Mongolia.

We Think Digital webinars 

Starting from April 14, 2021, Facebook will host a series of live webinars covering relevant topics. Each webinar will feature advice and tips from industry leaders, experts, educators and key opinion leaders to empower everyone to become a more informed and responsible digital citizen.

The first webinar will broadcast on April 4 at 1 P.M., hosting a representative of the Prime Minister of Mongolia L. Oyun-Erdene for opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion on “Digital Citizen” with four renowned community and industry leaders who will discuss the basics of what it means to hold a digital citizenship, and relevant topics to Mongolia’s digital transformation.

The second webinar will be on April 28 at 1 P.M. and the guest of honor will be the Mongolian Minister of Education and Science L. Enkh-Amgalan, followed by a panel discussion on “Online Safety”.

The webinar will be held on May 12 at 1 P.M. with opening remarks delivered by the U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, His Excellency Michael S. Klecheski, followed by a panel discussion on “Misinformation”.

And the final webinar will be held on May 26 at 1 P.M. with the Guest of Honor Chairwoman at Communication and Information Technology Authority B. Bolor-Erdene, followed by a panel discussion on “Online Privacy”.

All webinars can be viewed on the We Think Digital Mongolia Facebook Page.

Picture 4. From the right: A.Byambajargal, B.Ider-Od, B. Bolor-Erdene,  P. Nayar-BayarOnline resources on wethinkdigital.fb.com

In collaboration with experts, academics, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, Facebook has designed a set of modules and resources for educators and members of the public to download for free. To download the resources, please visit: https://wethinkdigital.fb.com/mn/mn-mn/resources/.

Trainings for the Public

From April to May, Facebook will implement a Digital Literacy program to provide training and support for teachers to implement digital literacy lessons at their own schools. The program is also open to the public. Stay tuned for more details through We Think Digital Mongolia Facebook Page.

For more information, please visit: https://wethinkdigital.fb.com/mn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wethinkdigitalmn/

Instagra https://www.instagram.com/wethinkdigitalmn

Media contacts:

Facebook’s lead partner for We Think Digital in Mongolia:

Byambajargal Ayushjav, Country Representative of Facebook and Founder of Faro Foundation Mongolia

byambajargal@faro.mn

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