Developing MIL Policy and Strategy
In the evolving knowledge societies of today, some people are overloaded with information, others are starved for information. Everywhere, people are yearning to freely express themselves, to actively participate in governance processes and cultural and religious dialogue. Media and information literacy (MIL) provides all citizens with critical competencies to survive in the 21st Century.
Achieving media and information literacy for all will require the formulation of national policies and purpose driven programmes. As part of its overall MIL strategy, UNESCO has published Media and Informational Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines. These guidelines offer a harmonized approach, which in turn enables Member States to articulate more sustained national MIL policies and strategies.
On the basis of this resource UNESCO supports its Member States to adapt these guidelines to local realities through open and inclusive national consultations. The end goal is preparation of national MIL policies and strategies that are integrated with policies, regulations and laws relating to access to information, freedom of expression, cultural and religious freedoms, media, libraries, education, and ICTs.
This resource is part of a comprehensive MIL Toolkit being developed by UNESCO and partners. The full MIL Toolkit will include:
- MIL Curriculum for Teachers;
- Global MIL Assessment Framework;
- Guidelines for Broadcasters on Promoting User-Generated Content and MIL;
- Online multimedia MIL teaching resources tool; and
- Online MIL and intercultural dialogue courses.