New schools’ campaign ‘A Bit Sus’ launching in association with Tohatoha NZ
29 September 2021 - The School Library Association of NZ Aotearoa is seeking librarians to train in best practice for supporting youth in countering misinformation and preventing its spread, as part of a new project launching this week in partnership with Tohatoha NZ.
The initiative, called ‘A Bit Sus’, is funded in part by a NZ Libraries Partnership Programme grant and will be delivered to New Zealand schools in the coming year. It will offer a high-quality visual exhibit alongside workshops, parents’ nights, and educational materials on misinformation.
SLANZA wants 15 school librarians from a diverse range of Aotearoa New Zealand schools – intermediate and secondary, city and rural, big and small, low and high decile – to participate in a 10-week professional development programme to support the initiative.
As part of the programme, school librarians and Tohatoha staff will work together to develop and test out evidence-based interventions and resources in New Zealand school libraries.
Each participating school library will then be invited to independently host the localised travelling exhibit, including a teacher professional development session and a community night.
“SLANZA is very excited to be partnering with Tohatoha to deliver this counter-misinformation programme, which will focus on young people and school librarians,” says Sasha Eastwood-Bennitt, the ‘A Bit Sus’ SLANZA project lead.
“If you are an intermediate or secondary school librarian who is passionate about developing resources to focus on understanding online misinformation, hate-driven narratives and effective counter responses, then please do apply.”
“This programme will be a relatively in-depth resource development opportunity that will require you to interact with staff and students, so we suggest you notify your Senior Leadership Team in the first instance before applying,” says Eastwood-Bennitt.
The criteria for selection are as follows:
For more information on SLANZA, visit http://www.slanza.org.nz/
For more information on Tohatoha and its work in New Zealand, visit https://tohatoha.nz