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Media and Information Literacy as a Composite Concept

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A reader's response to the blog post 12 Recommendations for Building Media and Information Literate Knowledge Societies. 

"I read your post with much interest. UNESCO promotes Media and Information Literacy(MIL) as a composite concept, a combined set of interrelated competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) necessary for the media and 
technology mediated world of today.

I encourage you and other readers to visit this link to see UNESCO's official description of MIL, 
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/

MIL empowers citizens with competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) related to media, information, ICT and other aspects of literacy which are needed for 21st century. These competencies include the ability to: find, evaluate, use the information they need in ethical and effective ways,  understand the role and functions of media and other information providers such as libraries, Internet, museums and archives, in democratic societies; understand the conditions under which media and information providers can  fulfil their functions; critically evaluate information and media content; engage with media and information providers for self-expression, life-long learning, and democratic participation; and updated skills (including ICTs skills)needed to produce content, including user-generated.

You may also view the Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers published by UNESCO on this link, 
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-curriculum-for-teachers/

The video on the following link summarises our work in this area for over 40 years - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhQQEUBLdRc

This other video about the UNESCO/UNAOC MIL and Intercultural Dialogue University Network may also be of interest, 
http://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/index.php?s=films_details&id_page=33&id_film=2148

We have several strands of work and many resources on MIL. Please visit our MIL website at, www.unesco.org/webworld/en/mil"

Alton Grizzle, UNESCO
 

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