The International Conference “Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies” was organized in Moscow on 24−28 June, 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, UNESCO Information for All Programme and UNESCO Secretariat, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme(IFAP), and the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre. The principal objectives of the Conference were to identify key challenges and outline policies for promotion of MIL worldwide. Delegates from 40 countries took part in the Conference. They expressed their views and shared best practices in development of MIL indicators, application and advocacy, capacity building, integration of MIL in educational system.

A round table Instruments of MIL Promotion. Challenges of the Localization of the UNESCO MIL Curriculum for Teachers was held within the conference with the support by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. The primary goal of the round table was to provide a platform for discussing the UNESCO MIL Curriculum for Teachers as one of the important instruments of MIL promotion, to identify key challenges of the Curriculum’s localization with due account for regional and cultural peculiarities. Russian and foreign experts discussed how the MIL Handbook developed by the UNESCO IITE in cooperation with the Finnish Society on Media Education can be introduced in the educational process.

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