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International information literacy workshop in India

06-10-2005 (New Delhi)
An international workshop to promote information literacy in South and South East Asia is presently being held at the Punjabi University, in Patiala, India, with the supportof UNESCO and other partners.
In her message to the workshop participants, Elizabeth Longworth, Director of UNESCO's Information Society Division, stressed that this workshop is a step ahead of technological and other issues that normally dominate the discussions on the Information Society. To achieve full potential of Information Society, information literacy is required. This is the basic entitlement of every citizen of the world including freedom of expression and right to information. Information literacy should be introduced within national curricula at all levels including lifelong learning programmes.

UNESCO and its partners consider that the workshop is a big step in the right direction as it aims at developing information skills for learning among the stakeholders at school level to make them independent learners and critical thinkers.

Around 65 delegates representing: Bangladesh, India Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand are participating in the workshop which was inaugurated by the Punjab governor General S F Rodrigues. The Governor, who is also Chancellor of the university, impressed upon the academic fraternity the need to combine the pursuit of knowledge with a sense of social responsibility, to meet modern needs and to leverage the benefits of higher education for the under-privileged.

The workshop, that is running from 3 to 7 October 2005 is being organized by Jagtar Singh, Director for the South Asia Region Section of the International Association of School Librarianship, IASL) under the title: “Empowering 8” – Applying A Problem-solving Model in South and South East Asia to Promote Information Literacy. Support was provided by by UNESCO, the Department of Library & Information Science, and the Action for Development through Libraries Programme Core Activity of the International Federation of Library Associations in institutions (IFLA/ALP), under the patronage of S. Swarn Singh Boparai, Kirti Chakra, Padma Shri awardee, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University.

The conference continues until Friday, including a visit to a school in Chandigarh; workshop sessions on Cooperative Planning Teaching and Evaluation; Rubrics for Learning and Assessment; Strategies for Influencing Stakeholders; and Personal Action Plans.
Related themes/countries

      · Information and Media Literacy: News Archives 2005
      · India: News Archive 2005
      · Asia and the Pacific: News Archive 2005
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