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In the ever-evolving digital landscape, the first International Media Literacy Festival, hosted by ACS Athens on March 26th - 28th, marked a seminal moment for dialogue and learning in media literacy. The festival's core mission was to empower the youth with the essential skills of critical thinking, creativity, and conscious citizenship, necessary for navigating today's complex media environment.

Across three days, the festival explored three pivotal themes: The News, Women Empowerment, and Entertainment. Each theme served as a foundation for discussions led by a global ensemble of media and education experts. Their collective wisdom underscored the festival's commitment to fostering an analytical and creative mindset among attendees.

The festival concluded with a powerful call to action: to prioritize media literacy education for crafting a more informed and equitable society. The insights from the panels serve as a beacon for future initiatives aimed at enhancing the public's critical engagement with media. As we advance, the legacy of the 1st International Media Literacy Festival will continue to inspire educators, students, and communities to champion the cause of media literacy, ensuring a brighter future for all digital citizens.

This event would not have been possible without the dedication and expertise of our esteemed panelists, moderators, and organizers. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to: Dr. Julie Crain, Elinda Labropoulou, Alexia Tasouli, Thomas Alexopoulos, Fanis Papathanasiou, Dr. Yanna Darili, Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dora Panteli, Darine Abdel Samad, Steve Vranakis, Dr. David Nelson, Afroditi Panagiotakou, Michael Nickles, Tom Hiotis, George Makris, Mark Wolper, Dr. Evangelos Syropoulos, Sophia Soseilos and Hercules Lianos. Your contributions enriched our discussions, inspired our participants, and left an indelible mark on the festival.

A special note of appreciation goes out to the organizers of the event: The ACS Athens Media Studio, Theater Crew, and Communications Department. Their tireless efforts behind the scenes ensured the smooth execution of every aspect of the festival, from logistics to technical support. A very special thanks is reserved for Dr. Peggy Pelonis, President of ACS Athens, whose unwavering support and advocacy for Media Literacy Programs have been instrumental in making events like this possible.


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