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Media and Information Literacy
Empowerment of people through information and media literacy is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge, and building inclusive knowledge societies.

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Media and Information Literacy

Empowerment of people through information and media literacy is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge, and building inclusive knowledge societies.
Information and media literacy enables people to interpret and make informed judgments as users of information and media, as well as to become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages in their own right.

UNESCO’s mission in this area consists of fostering information and media literate societies by encouraging the development of national information and media literacy policies, including in education.

A particular focus will be on training teachers to sensitize them to the importance of information and media literacy in the education process, enable them to integrate information and media literacy into their teaching and provide them with appropriate pedagogical methods and curricula.

An essential element of the strategy is the integration of libraries into the programmes as they provide an environment with resources and services for free and open learning and play a key role in people’s life-long learning.
  • 20-07-2011 (Paris) 
    University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue launched by UNESCO and UNAOC
  • 05-07-2011 (Paris) 
    UNESCO launched model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers
  • 01-07-2011 (Fez) 
    Declaration on Media and Information Literacy adopted by Fez International Forum
  • 15-06-2011 (Fez) 
    UNESCO supports First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy
  • 18-03-2011 (Windhoek) 
    Training on user-generated content to improve media and information literacy of Namibian youth
  • 08-03-2011 (Paris) 
    UNESCO supports broadcasters to foster user-generated content, and media and information literacy
  • 03-03-2011 (Windhoek) 
    UNESCO supports survey on media and information literacy among teachers
  • 25-02-2011 (Paris) 
    UNESCO launches Women Make the News 2011
  • 22-02-2011 (Windhoek) 
    Improving access to information by Okanguati community in Namibia
  • 23-11-2010 (Pretoria) 
    UNESCO and University of Pretoria collaborate to improve information literacy of teachers
  • 22-11-2010 (Manila) 
    UNESCO supports 5th APIN Meeting and ICT Literacy Workshop
  • 12-11-2010 (Paris) 
    UNESCO convened expert meeting on media and information literacy indicators
  • 05-11-2010 (Quito) 
    A series of workshops on ICT literacy for community radios concluded in Latin America
  • 04-10-2010 (Windhoek) 
    Empowering rural communities in Namibia through ICT
  • 07-06-2010 (Zithobeni) 
    UNESCO-supported training on information literacy for rural teachers from South Africa
  • 18-05-2010 (Rabat) 
    Conference in Morocco marked World Information Society Day
  • 26-03-2010 (Windhoek) 
    Increasing awareness about women's rights through multipurpose access centres
  • 18-12-2009 (Colombo) 
    Teacher trainers from South Asia discussed media and information literacy
  • 09-12-2009 (Paris) 
    UNESCO-supported Yearbook on youth, media and social change just published
  • 25-11-2009 (London) 
    UNESCO and CBA launch new guidelines for broadcasters
  • 06-11-2009 (Tokyo) 
    Ethiopian children's TV wins again
  • 30-10-2009 (Paris) 
    Workshop in South Africa to assess media and information literacy in teacher education
  • 15-09-2009 (Paris) 
    IFAP Information Society Observatory successfully launched
  • 11-09-2009 (Padua) 
    IASL Conference focuses on role of school libraries in preparing pupils for the future
  • 24-06-2009 (Pretoria) 
    Community development project gets off the ground in South Africa
  • 19-06-2009 (New York) 
    Everyone must help eliminate cyber hatred, says UN Secretary-General
  • 17-04-2009 (Moscow) 
    UNESCO supports Media Literacy at School project in Russia
  • 05-03-2009 (Kingston) 
    Caribbean information literacy programmes discussed at international conference
  • 09-02-2009 (New Delhi) 
    UNESCO-supported international conference on knowledge networking concluded in India
  • 01-08-2008 (Bangkok) 
    UNESCO Bangkok releases new publication on ICT literacy in the Asia-Pacific
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