In the evolving knowledge societies of today, some people are overloaded with information, others are starved of information. Everywhere, people are yearning to freely express themselves and actively participate in communication processes. Media and Information Literacy (MIL) provides citizens with critical competencies to survive in the 21st century era of knowledge.
FORMEDIA is now closely associated with the MIL sector.
UNESCO has launched a major initiative of Global Alliance for Partnership on Media & Information Literacy (GAPMIL) following the paradigm created by the World Summits for Information Societies (WSIS). For over one year, FORMEDIA was engaged in a global online process of discussions to formulate the framework and action plan for GAPMIL.
Enhancing MIL as a tool for open and inclusive development fosters free, independent and pluralistic media and universal access to information and knowledge for good governance. It is part of the larger frame of the UNESCO-UNAOC MIL and Intercultural Dialogue Network and the UNESCO-led GAPMIL.
Discussions in India have led to a path-breaking co-operation between Punjabi University - Patiala, Indira Gandhi Open University, Uttarakhand Open University and Foundation for Responsible Media (FORMEDIA). This is the core start-up group of the MIL University Network of India (MILUNI). Co-operating members will work together and in their individual capacities through various fora on activities that promote MIL.
Further to building networks at various global levels, UNESCO is now initiating national consultations to build awareness and access to Media & Information Literacy (MIL), with the objective of enabling a global environment for national MIL policies.
MILUNI is now preparing for a UNESCO-led Indian National MIL Consultation, November 11 to 13, 2014 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Key stakeholders are expected to participate in the deliberations. The aim is to develop a Position Paper with recommendations for a national MIL policy and core content for MIL curricula.
FORMEDIA is happy to collaborate with interested stakeholders to carry forward the MIL agenda in India, Asia and globally, through dialogue, discussions, debates and development of MIL skills. Those interested, please contact Neelima Mathur, Trustee & Trainer, FORMEDIA, via email : neelima.mathur[at]gmail.com or phone +91 805720 3333.
For further information on UNESCO’s MIL initiative please see the following links: