UNESCO and the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), with a deep commitment to promote media and information literate societies on a global scale, have launched the first international University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (UNESCO/UNAOC-MILD).
The MILID Network is the research arm of GAPMIL
Underpinning the Network is the need to give impetus to research that can inform policies on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue. To this end, the focus will be on maximazing the contributions of its members at both policy and operational levels. The UNESCO/UNAOC-MILID will seek to ensure that the collective knowledge and expertise are not only shared, but are also reflected in the elaboration of strategic projects at national, regional and international levels.
The activities to be carried out by the UNESCO/UNAOC-MILID are summarized under the following broad areas:
- Research: in addition to research actions mentioned above, act as an Observatory for the critical assessment of the role of MILID, contribute to the development of the joint UNESCO/UNAOC International Clearinghouse on MIL and preparation of related publications;
- MILID and Education: help to diffuse MILID at all levels of the formal education system and to advocate for the same in related media production practices; this will include partnerships to adapt and pilot the recently published Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers;
- Participation: promote actions aimed at encouraging citizen participation and at involving different stakeholders, such as community-based MIL projects and youth-media initiatives.
The UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Programme Literacy that brings together eight member universities and over a dozen associate universities. The MILID University Network includes partners such as:
- the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain),
- University of the West Indies (Jamaica),
- Cairo University (Egypt),
- University of Sao Paulo (Brazil),
- Temple University (USA),
- Beijing Tsinghua University (China),
- Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco),
- Queensland University of Technology (Australia),
- University of Guadalajara (Mexico),
- Western University (Canada),
- University of Gothenburg (Sweden),
- Punjabi University, Patiala (India),
- University of the South Pacific (Fiji),
- University of South Africa (South Africa),
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Nigeria),
- Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria),
- Hosei University (Japan).
The UNESCO/UNAOC-MILID Network was set-up within the framework of the UNESCO University Twinning and Networking programme (UNITWIN), which serves as a platform for building the capacities of higher education and research, and for facilitating the integration between academic world, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.
The launch of the initiative took place during the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy, held from 15 to 17 June 2011 in Fez, Morocco.Back to top