Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy
Organisations for over eighty countries have agreed to join forces and stand together for change as a Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). GAPMIL is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies. This pioneering initiative was launched during the Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) which took place from 26 to 28 June 2013.The forum was held under the theme “Promoting Media and Information Literacy as a Means to Cultural Diversity”.
Drawing upon over 40 years of UNESCO’s experience in MIL, it has become absolutely essential to establish more enduring partnerships that are necessary to amplify the impact of MIL. To this end, GAPMIL is a joint initiative of UNESCO and other key stakeholders such as the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), UNICEF, Open Society Foundation, IREX, European Commission and other UN agencies and international development partners who agree to come on board in future.
UNESCO, as part of its ongoing work, has a lead role in the GAPMIL, in cooperation with the organizations just mentioned and in consultation with a central/core group of partners- made up of regional and international organizations that are actively involved in MIL actions and have agreed to be a part of the alliance.
The GAPMIL was established through a call for interest which was distributed to stakeholders groups globally. Close to 300 organizations responded and agreed to be associated with the GAPMIL . This was followed by a three-month online debate and culminated with the gathering of partners and further debates in Nigeria from 27 to 29 June during the Global Forum for Partnerships on MIL, incorporating the International Conference on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue.
Speakers and participants discussed, amended and adopted a framework and a plan of action for the GAPMIL. An eleven-person steering committee comprising two people from each region was established. It includes six women (one a youth representative) and five men. Click to view the details of the GAPMIL Framework and Action Plan.
This process was necessary to enhance co-ownership and galvanize consensus on what shape the GAPMIL should take.
GAPMIL seeks to globally reposition MIL around the core objectives of:
- Articulating key strategic partnerships to drive MIL development globally and its application to eight key development areas:
- Governance, citizenship and freedom of expression;
- Access to information and knowledge for all citizens;
- Development of media, libraries, Internet and other information providers;
- Education, teaching, and learning – including professional development;Women, children and youth, disabled and other marginalised groups;
- Linguistic and cultural diversity as well as intercultural and interfaith dialogue;
- Women, children and youth, persons with disabilities and other marginalised social groups;
- Health and wellness;
- Business, industry, employment and sustainable economic development;
- Agriculture, farming, wildlife protection, forestry and natural resources conservation as well as other areas.
- Enabling the MIL community to speak and address, with a unified voice, certain critical matters, including the need for policies; and
- Further deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite concept by providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations globally that will ensure convergence of regional and international initiative and amplification of global impact.
Your organization can join GAPMIL through this link: Complete survey to be associated with the Global Alliance for Partnerships on MIL.
UNESCO’s mission is to foster media and information literate societies through a comprehensive strategy, which include preparation of model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers, the facilitation of international cooperation, development of Guidelines for Preparing National MIL Policies and Strategies, articulation of a Global Framework on MIL Indicators, creation of a MIL University Network, articulation of and establishment of an International Clearinghouse on MIL in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and provision of Guidelines for Broadcasters on Promoting User-Generated Content and MIL.