Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021: history, significance and celebrations

0

Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2021 will mark the event’s 11th annual celebration. The whole week (October 24-31) is dedicated to Global Media and Information Literacy Week. Ahead of this crucial international event, here’s a look at details related to Global Media and Information Literacy Week:

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021: history

The host of Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 will be South Africa. UNESCO will co-organize the event. (Representative image: Shutterstock)

It was in Fez, Morocco, that the first World Media and Information Literacy Week was held in 2011. The idea for this initiative arose from the need for each individual to be equipped with media and information literacy skills in order to be able to communicate correctly and availability of the right information and mitigate the threats of disinformation.

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021: significance and celebrations

On the one hand, although one part of the world has easy access to the internet, there is also another section in which millions of people lack it.

There have been cases of misinformation, political polarization, conflicting messages that spread fear, confusion and unrest – like the one we witnessed during the pandemic with incorrect information circulating everywhere.

Keeping in mind the welfare of the public with the need to give them the right information, such an event was designed. The MIL effort is aimed at securing and evaluating the development towards media and information literacy around the world.

The aim is to skillfully alleviate the challenges encountered with misinformation and lack of information. Stakeholders review progress and formulate plans to achieve the desired outcome. Although the initiative has been implemented since 2011, the infodemic observed following the Covid-19 pandemic makes the importance of such an event all the more relevant.

The host of Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 will be South Africa. UNESCO will co-organize the event.

MIL is celebrated through the organization of various relevant activities or events. By using the power of media and technology, awareness of media education is enhanced. Short webinars and discussions / debates within youth networks are organized to encourage young people to blog about media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue.

The theme of this year’s MIL is Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good.

Read all the latest news, breaking news and coronavirus news here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.

Share.

Comments are closed.