UNESCO releases Portuguese version of Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers
Published by UNESCO in 2011, this publication has now been identified as a valuable resource to be translated into Portuguese in order to serve as a reference for the integration of media and information literacy (MIL) in teacher education in Brazil. The Portuguese translation has been produced in cooperation with the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro (UFTM) and will be officially launched at a UFTM seminar in Uberaba.
In 2012, UFTM, which offers a Master’s Degree Education Research Programme titled “Teacher Education and Digital Culture”, identified the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teachers as a key resource to be translated into Portuguese. UFTM financed the translation, printing and distribution of the publication, while UNESCO was in charge of proofreading, editing and design. Both institutions will disseminate the publication among partners, educators, teachers, students, networks and other stakeholders.
The development reflects the work by the UNESCO Office in Brasilia to enhance teachers’ ability to incorporate MIL in the classroom. MIL is needed if students are to be equipped with competencies to enjoy the full benefits of freedom of information and access to information through media and information and communication technologies (ICT). MIL can contribute to giving greater context to ICTs in education, taking ICT training beyond technical skills.
In 2008, the UNESCO three-volume publication on ICT competency for teachers was translated into Portuguese during 2011-2012, the UNESCO Office in Brasilia monitored the interest of Brazilian teachers in improving their competence in MIL and in technology applied to teaching.
During the period, the number of visits to the Office’s web page on ICT in education in Portuguese reached almost 30 000, while the series on ICT competency for teachers registered 23,627 downloads.
The UFTM planned local seminar to launch the publication will gather teachers and professors from various regions of Brazil to reflect on how MIL promotes social inclusion, as stipulated in the Alexandria Declaration. It is expected that participants of the seminar will recommend to the Brazilian government to pursue policies and programmes that promote MIL and lifelong learning, which are essential for the development of knowledge societies.
UFTM professors will also advocate the greater integration of educational and communications systems for more effective education, as indicated in the Grünwald Declaration.
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