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Global Media and Information Literacy Week: 24-31 October

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Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2022 is observed from October 24 to October 31. The Global MIL Week 2022 focuses on trust and solidarity as it relates to people, media, digital platforms, governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. It highlights some promising actions in connection with media and information literacy in the last year and how media and information literacy helps with nurturing trust and countering mistrust.

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Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2022: Theme

UNESCO has announced the theme for this year’s MIL week as “Nurturing trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative.” The eleventh Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week is hosted by Nigeria and is taking place in Abuja, as well as online. Highlights include the twelfth Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the seventh Youth Agenda Forum.

What is Media and Information Literacy?

Our brains depend on information to work optimally. The quality of information we engage with largely determines our perceptions, beliefs and attitudes. It could be information from other persons, the media, libraries, archives, museums, publishers, or other information providers including those on the Internet.

People across the world are witnessing a dramatic increase in access to information and communication. While some people are starved for information, others are flooded with print, broadcast and digital content. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) provides answers to the questions that we all ask ourselves at some point. How can we access, search, critically assess, use and contribute content wisely, both online and offline? What are our rights online and offline? What are the ethical issues surrounding the access and use of information? How can we engage with media and information and communications technologies (ICTs) to promote equality, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, peace, freedom of expression and access to information?

Through capacity-building resources, such as curricula development, policy guidelines and articulation, and assessment framework, UNESCO supports the development of MIL competencies among people.

Global Media and Information Literacy Week: History

The first Global Media and Information Literacy Week was held in 2011 in Fez, Morocco. The concept for this initiative arose from the need for each individual to be equipped with media and information literacy abilities so that it assists in proper communication and availability of the right information, as well as to reduce misinformation. Media serves as a source of information, allowing people to connect and make better decisions.

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  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945;
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • UNESCO Members: 193 countries;
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.

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