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UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy week 2017

The sixth annual Global Media and Information Literacy week gets underway this week, from Wednesday 25th October – Wednesday, 1 November.  

UNESCO MIL week poster
UNESCO MIL week poster

The Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week is led by UNESCO in cooperation with Global Alliance on Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy, UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network. The purpose of Global MIL Week is to promote MIL connections across cultures, peoples, educational institutions, organizations, policies, professions, initiatives and nations. It is billed as a global opportunity to celebrate the progress towards achieving “MIL for all”. MIL week activities facilitate connections and sharing of creative projects, research, and information across countries and stakeholders involved in MIL, and in print, screen-based and digital media.

Before the week kicks off, you can read up on some of UNESCO’s ongoing and upcoming Media and Information Literacy activities:

  • Check out UNESCO’s 10 ways to celebrate Global MIL Week.
  • Follow  the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference. taking place from 24th – 27th October 2017 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.
  • The GAPMIL Awards will recognize information/library, media and technology specialists, educators, artists, activists, researchers, policy makers, NGOs, associations and other groups integrating MIL (media and information literacy) in an innovative way in their work and related activities. Specifically, the awards will recognize excellence and leadership in five sectors: Education, Research, Policy, Advocacy, Media and communication/information industries.
  • MIL CLICKS (Media and Information Literacy: Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge and Sustainability) is a social media innovation led by UNESCO. The objectives of this strategy are to use social media to: 1) Expose people to become more media and information literate and 2) Raise awareness about the importance of media and information literacy.  A MIL CLICKS webinar will be held right after the feature conference, on Saturday 28th October.
  • View a map of Global MIL week events around the world.

Are you aware of any events organised by libraries in your region? Encourage colleagues to add their event to the map!

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