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04.04.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

UNESCO partners with European Commission to launch European Media and Information Literacy Forum

European MIL Forum poster

The first European Media and Information Literacy Forum will be held from 27 to 28 May at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This conference is co-organized by UNESCO, the European Commission, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and other partners.

The citizens of the 21st Century live in a digital, connected and media saturated world. Cultural and religious exchange, peace among nations and efforts to eliminate inequalities are all mediated by media and technology.

Faced with the choice between privacy and safety on the Internet, between freely expressing themselves and to ethically use information, the media and technology - women, men and young boys and girls need new types of competencies.

Media and information literacy (MIL) offers these competencies. Education for all must therefore include media and information literacy for all.

This European  MIL Forum is being organised within the frame of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on MIL and will bring together experts, teachers, media, information and technology professionals, industry, schools,  audio-visual authorities, researchers,  foundations, civil society organizations as well as political and regulatory authorities with the aim to promote the need for national MIL policies in Europe and globally.

The main objective of the forum is to contribute to the proposal of recommendations for the inclusion of Media and Information Literacy in European school curricula and the development of initiatives in the field of informal education and education for disadvantaged groups.

The findings of the European Media Education Research (EMEDUS) and the COST/Translit projects, both supported by the European Commission, will be presented during the Forum.

Resulting from in-depth research in 27 European countries, the EMEDUS project has proposed recommendations to improve MIL among the citizens of the region. This conference will foster debate in order to discuss and readjust recommendations.

The event will also enable discussion about the creation of a collaborative platform that constitutes the European Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnership on MIL.  

To participate, please register through the Conference website by 28 April.

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