MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY: CURRICULUM FOR TEACHERS

UNESCO elaborated “Media and Information Literacy: Curriculum for Teachers” to support the efforts towardsachieving the objectives of the Grünwald Declaration (1982), the Alexandria Declaration (2005) and the UNESCO Paris Agenda (2007) – all related to Media and Information Literacy (MIL).

Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, stated that the curriculum is pioneering for two reasons: first, 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. Second, it is specifically designed with teachers in mind and for integration into the formal teacher education system, thus launching a catalytic process which should reach and build capacities of millions of young people.

UNESCO curriculum for teachers is aimed at developing the framework of competences and helping to design a programme about media and information literacy in different country contexts. It helps teachers to explore and understand MIL through defining media and information functions and their role in democratic discourse and social participation, explaining media ethics and info-ethics, instructing how to understand, organize, and assess information. The MIL curriculum is flexible to be adapted to different educational and institutional systems.

The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education has translated and published the UNESCO curriculum "Media and Information Literacy: Curriculum for Teachers" in Russian. Localization of the UNESCO “Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum for Teachers” with regard to the needs and current state of development of ICT in Russia was discussed at the International expert meeting held in Moscow (12 December, 2011)and the International Conference on Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies(24-28 June, 2012). 

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