Media and Information Literacy Policy and Strategy
Achieving media and information literacy for all requires the formulation of national policies and strategies that are purpose driven. As part of its overall media and information literacy strategy, UNESCO has published Media and Informational Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines.
Based on 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 dialogue, media, libraries, education, digital technologies, and the empowerment of young women and men.
This comprehensive Media and Information Literacy Policy and Strategy Guidelines resource is the first of its kind to treat Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept, unifying information literacy, media literacy, digital competencies as well as considering the right to freedom of expression, access to information through ICTs, and intercultural dialogue. These guidelines offer a harmonized approach, which in turn enables all actors to articulate more sustained national MIL policies and strategies, describing both the process and content to be considered.
The Guidelines are divided into two parts. Part 1, MIL Policy Brief, is designed for policy or decision makers and can serve as a summary of the publication. Part 2 is divided into several comprehensive chapters discusses: 1) how to enlist MIL as development tool; 2) conceptual frameworks for MIL policies and strategies; and 3) model MIL policy and strategies that can be adapted by countries globally.
Global Media and Information Literacy Assessment Framework
In line with developing MIL policy and strategy, UNESCO encourages and supports Member States to gather valid and reliable data on the status and availability of competencies on media and information literacy.
The UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Assessment Framework enables Member States to carry out comprehensive assessments of the information and media environment, and to monitor at the national level the extent to which citizens have acquired MIL competencies, particularly targeting educators in service and training.
The UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Assessment Framework offers UNESCO Member States methodological guidance and practical tools for conducting an assessment of country readiness and competencies, particularly of educators in service and in training, regarding media and information literacy at the national level.