An Evidence-Based Approach to the Use of Social Media to Promote Political Literacy among Youth in the Sultanate of Oman

An Evidence-Based Approach to the Use of Social Media to Promote Political Literacy among Youth in the Sultanate of Oman

Mohammed Nasser Al-Suqri (Sultan Qaboos Univeristy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Al-Khoud, Oman), Salim Said AlKindi (Sultan Qaboos Univeristy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Al-Khoud, Oman) and Abdullah Khamis Al-Kindi (Sultan Qaboos Univeristy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Al-Khoud, Oman)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/IJEP.2017040103
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Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a review of literature to understand the issues facing the Sultanate of Oman in this area, and to identify international examples of best practice in the use of social media to promote political literacy among young people. Evidence-based recommendations for the Government of the Sultanate of Oman are developed, which include the provision of social media literacy training at school and university level, as well as the establishment of an online citizen engagement portal. By adopting international best practice in the use of social media to promote political literacy and citizen engagement among young people, it is believed that the Sultanate of Oman can provide a model for other Middle Eastern Arab states, helping to reduce the potential for political conflict in these countries and promoting participatory approaches to policy-making which reflect the growing demands of young citizens.
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Objectives And Methods Of Study

This paper is intended to provide evidence and insights that will assist the Government of Oman to gain a better understanding of how social media might be used to promote political literacy among youth in the Sultanate. A review of relevant recent literature was carried out in order to identify the main issues and challenges facing Oman in relation to political literacy among young people, and the potential use of social media in this area. The review was also used to identify examples of initiatives and recommendations from other countries for use in developing recommendations for the use of social media to promote political literacy among youth in Oman.

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