UNESCO recently in its attempt to advance the media and information literacy (MIL) and civic participation released a model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers. This Curriculum is aimed at helping Member States in their continuing efforts towards achieving the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) – all related to MIL.
The Curriculum is continuation of the strategy by UNESCO to treat information literacy and media literacy as MIL and a combined set of competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) necessary for citizens living in the 21st Century. According to Janis Karklins, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the MIL Curriculum for Teachers is pioneering for the following reasons:
It is forward looking, drawing on present trends toward the convergence of radio, television, Internet, newspapers, books, digital archives and libraries into one platform – thereby, for the first time, presenting MIL in a holistic manner.
It is specifically designed with teachers in mind and for integration into the formal teacher education system thus ensuring a catalytic effect.
At UNESCO, it is believed that the curriculum will help significantly increasing the number of media and information literate teachers worldwide who will in turn train students, thus leading to media and information literate societies. Therefore the starting point is to partner with UNESCO Member States and other stakeholders to adapt and integrate the MIL Curriculum into teacher training institutions globally.
This publication is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides the MIL Curriculum and Competency Framework, which gives an overview of the curriculum rationale, design and main themes. It is complementary to the UNESCO ICTs Competency Framework for Teachers (2008). Part 2 includes the detailed Core and Non-Core Modules of the curriculum. The MIL Curriculum for Teachers will be translated into Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish and, eventually, other languages.
The MIL Curriculum was launched during the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy, the first of its kind at the international level to examine media and information literacy as a combined set of competencies. Over 200 participants representing all regions of the world, including educators, information and media experts, civil society actors and social scientists gathered to discuss MIL and share experience and knowledge. The participants adopted the Fez Declaration of MIL.
UNESCO’s global action to promote media and information literate societies has at its basis the development of knowledge societies and free independent and pluralistic media, and information providers.
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