12.10.2016 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO launches Media and Information Literacy Policy and Strategy Guidelines in Arabic and UNESCO MIL MOOC in Arabic at Jordan Media Institute

Amman, 12 October 2016 – UNESCO has launched an Arabic translation of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Policy and Strategy Guidelines and a new MIL Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Arabic.

Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist in the Media Development and Society Section, UNESCO HQ presented the Guidelines at an event organised jointly by UNESCO, Jordan Media Institute, and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) today. Mr Grizzle said the “sustainable implementation of media and information literacy at the national level necessitates policies across government institutions, media, libraries, NGOs, and internet intermediaries.” Mr Najem Chafic from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Media Studies program presented the MIL MOOC in Arabic.

The event was hosted by Jordan Media Institute, which is carrying out the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) component of the EU funded and UNESCO implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” Project. Media and information literacy includes a combined set of competencies to give persons the ability to access, critically evaluate, organize and produce information and media content in print, images, video, and sounds through all media and technological platforms. The program aims to contribute to capacity building of national educational institutions in MIL and transfer skills to young generations, in addition to mainstreaming MIL in the education system in Jordan and spreading awareness and knowledge among decision makers, opinion leaders and society.

Senior Project Officer, UNESCO Support to Media in Jordan Project, Biljana Tatomir said people who are media literate understand how crucial news and information are to creating pluralistic and accountable societies. “Media literacy programs teach the skills of critical thinking and analysis, the difference between news and opinion.”

In addition, the event also served as a launch of the joint UNESCO-UNAOC-Nordicom publication titled, “Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa.” The bilingual publication is meant to be a resource for educators in the MENA region looking for opportunities to bring to their classrooms elements of MIL education.

For more information, please contact:

Lidija Sabados

Associate Project Officer, Support to Media in Jordan project

UNESCO Amman Office


Tel.: +962 (6) 5929621 Ext 328

Mob.: +962 (7) 96830012




Alton Grizzle

Program Specialist in the Media Development and Society Section

Communication and Information Sector


Tel.: +33.1.4568.4211


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