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06.10.2015 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

Training of Trainers on the Media and Information Literacy for Libraries and Information Centres in Uzbekistan

©UNESCO,Training of Trainers on the Media and Information Literacy for Libraries and Information Centres in Uzbekistan

From 6 to 15 October 2015, the UNESCO Tashkent Office and the National Library of Uzbekistan are organizing a training of trainers for the specialists of libraries and information centres on media and information literacy with a view to strengthening the information and library sphere in Uzbekistan.

The training is conducted in the framework of the UNESCO Tashkent Office’s efforts to promote media and information literacy in Uzbekistan. During the international conference “Central Asia – 2015: information and library resources in science, education and culture” in April 2015, the importance of media and information literacy (MIL) was highlighted and the participants called upon UNESCO to support the development of a special training programme on MIL for librarians and specialists of information centres.

Media and information literacy recognizes the important role of information and media in our lives. It is a human right, it empowers citizens to understand the functions of the media and to critically evaluate their content; it helps people take informed decisions and be active users and producers of information and media content.

Therefore, it is important for the children to be information and media literate. UNESCO recognizes the important role of teachers, educators and librarians in building these 21st century skills of students.

To support the further strengthening of the information centres and libraries in Uzbekistan, the UNESCO Tashkent Office invited Ms Natalia Gendina from the Russian Federation (Director of the Research Institute for Information Technologies in the Social Sphere of the Kemerovo University for Culture and Arts, member of the IFLA permanent committee for information literacy, and member of the Russian committee for UNESCO’s Information for All Programme) to design and conduct the 10 days’ training of trainers at the National Library. Upon the completion of the training, the 20 trained specialists will be able to share the knowledge, skills and competencies obtained with other librarians and specialists of information centres in Uzbekistan.

Media and information literacy is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge, and for promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

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