Best practices seminar on piloting media and information literacy curriculum in Central Asia

20 September 2018

The leap in the development of information and communication technologies, the convergence of radio, television, the Internet, books, newspapers, libraries and electronic archives into a single platform has caused an avalanche of growth in media content consumption and revealed new trends in media culture.

The countries of Central Asia support the development of knowledge driven societies and are working on new development strategies, carrying out comprehensive legislative reforms directed to improve their educational and media systems.

In this regard, UNESCO provides the necessary framework, taking into account the achievement of the goals set forth in the international declarations and summits - Grünwald (1992), Alexandria (2005), Paris (2007) for the introduction of media and information literacy (MIL).

UNESCO takes into consideration countries benefits by enhanced media contributions to diversity, gender equality and youth empowerment in and through media; and societies are empowered through media and information literacy programmes and effective media response to emergency and disaster.

In 2011, UNESCO published the Media and information literacy curriculum for teachers for the development of national curriculum strategies, and in 2012, the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) published the Pedagogical Aspects of Media and Information Literacy, for pedagogical audiences, identifying approaches to the practical application of the curriculum, evaluation and criteria for the quality of MIL education, as well as exercises for working in the classroom.

UNESCO Almaty Office is announcing a competition for the organization of a one-day seminar in Central Asia from 24 to 31 October 2018 in the framework of the Global MIL week. The workshop aimed to exchange the existing experience and strategies in piloting media and information literacy curriculum based on the UNESCO recommendations.

We invite teacher training Institutes, media NGOs, libraries and media associations interested in promoting MIL to send us the proposals for the organization of such a seminar by contacting Sergey Karpov, National Programme Officer for Communication and Information at the UNESCO Almaty Office, by e-mail: before 20 September 2018.

The participating organizations should demonstrate experience with:
  • introducing media and information literacy in non-formal education and on training platforms for young people and/or
  • open educational resources on MIL and/or
  • open solutions based on information and communication technologies, including websites and mobile applications and other innovations in the field of MIL
  • MIL project experience supported by external and internal donors

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