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UNESCO panel in Yerevan to discuss information literacy

29-09-2006 (Paris)
UNESCO panel in Yerevan to discuss information literacy
A UNESCO expert panel at the Pan-European Forum on “Human Rights in the Information Society: Empowering children and young people”, in Armenia’s capital Yerevan next week will discuss good practices of effective information and literacy skills for children, young people and their educators.
The Forum is organized by the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia on 5 and 6 October 2006 in Yerevan.

The session on information literacy, to be moderated by UNESCO’s Abdelaziz Abid, will focus on best practices of meaningful and effective information and litreacy skills for children, young people and their educators. The panel will be addressing issues such as children information literacy, good practices, transferability and scaling up, what is meaningful and effective empowerment? And how to measure and evaluate the efficacy of empowerment practices and policies?

The two-day multistakeholders meeting in Armenia will consider ways to best inform and equip children and young people, as well as their educators with skills needed to exercise their human rights. It aims to encourage dialogue and action on the responsible dealing with online content and behaviours carrying a risk of harm. Interested delegates of states and other organizations and institutions will participate as well as representatives of media, civil society and concerned industry, e.g. internet service providers, mobile phone industry and gaming industry.

Since several years, UNESCO raises awareness on the importanc eof information literacy, a concept that aims at providing people with the skills and abilities for critical reception, assessment and use of information in their professional and personal lives.

UNESCO’s main strategy in the area of Information Literacy consists of awareness-raising about the importance of information literacy at all levels of the education process – basic education, primary and secondary education, technical and vocational training and lifelong education – and of establishing guidelines for integrating information literacy issues in curricula.
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      · Armenia
      · Information and Media Literacy: News Archives 2006
      · Youth and ICT: News Archives 2006
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