Under the theme 'A Culture of Dialogue - Communication and Information in a Digitalizing World', this 3-day conference will focus on current approaches and perspectives related to media and information literacy (MIL) in Africa. "Media and Information Literacy (MIL) includes competencies to access, critically analyze, create, and use information and media in various forms. It is increasingly crucial to all citizens in changing media and information environments, whether we are looking at traditional or new media. These competencies, in the 21st century knowledge society, become even more important when we consider how they can stimulate effective participation in dialogue as well as the democratic and governance processes."
The conference is being hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Deutsche Welle Akademie, Germany’s leading organization for international media development, in collaboration with the Pan-African Alliance on Media and Information Literacy (PAMIL) and the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). It aims to build on the ongoing efforts of PAMIL, and will feature hands-on presentations and participatory workshops based on key media and information literacy related areas.
This 2nd Pan-African MIL conference comes seven years after the 1st African Media Literacy Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria, in July 2008, which focused on empowering children and youth and advancing the benefits of information and communication technologies.
The 2015 conference aims to:
- "create a forum for debate on a continental position on MIL education in order to encourage national policies and strategies for integrating media and information literacy into school and teacher curricula;
- give a voice to students and youths by sharing good practices regarding the development and implementation of continental youth MIL initiatives; and
- create an awareness of the importance of MIL, and promote the relevance of MIL as a catalyst for peaceful communication – particularly in social networks – and as a culture of dialogue."
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Participants for the 2nd Pan-African MIL Conference will be drawn from MIL stakeholders across Africa and beyond, including MIL organisations, media and information providers, government agencies, schools, universities, non-governmental organisations, libraries, development partners and youth organisations.
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