02.11.2006 -

Personal information culture on the agenda of Moscow conference

A two day meeting entitled "Personal Information Culture: Information Society Challenges", organized by the Russian National Committee for UNESCO's Information for All Programme, starts today in Moscow, Russian Federation.

"As one of the priorities of UNESCO's Information for All Programme, Information literacy is essential for awareness-raising at all levels of the education process - basic education, primary and secondary education, technical and vocational training and lifelong education", says Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, who will represent UNESCO at the Moscow Conference.

Information literacy is a concept of the pursuit of knowledge by equipping individuals with the skills and abilities for critical reception, assessment and use of information in their professional and personal lives.


An important research on the information literacy has been made in Russia in the framework of the IFAP implementation. Methods of creating personal information culture have been elaborated and tested in schools and libraries of Kemerovo Region, Siberia. Basics of more extensive use of those methods in the educational routine in Russia and other UNESCO Member States have been elaborated.


The organizers of the Moscow conference intend to discuss the issues of personal information culture in dynamic, rapidly changing world of global information society.

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