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Debate on Information Literacy at UNESCO

24-03-2005 (Paris)
A debate on "Information literacy”, a basic skill empowering people to benefit fully from the Information Society, will be held on 5 April at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. The one-day debate that is open to Permanent Delegations of UNESCO Members States, is part of the 8th meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme.
The meeting is intended to provide a platform for discussion on UNESCO's role in promoting Information Literacy and also to share information on UNESCO's further actions in this regard. It will provide an opportunity to discuss Information Literacy from a variety of viewpoints and disciplines such as education, science, ICT, media and the library and information community.

Information literacy aims to develop both critical understanding and active participation. It enables people to interpret and make informed judgments as users of information sources; but it also enables them to become producers of information in their own right, and thereby to become more powerful participants in society. Information literacy is about developing people’s critical and creative abilities.

Information literacy is one of three priority areas for the selection of projects for which the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme will grant funding from the Programmes Special Fund in the allocation process in 2005.

The meeting will take place on 5 April 2005 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room IX (Fontenoy Building).
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