(Member of MIL University Network of India (MILUNI)
Media and Information Literacy (MIL) provides citizens with critical competencies to survive in the 21st century era of knowledge. In association with UNESCO, FORMEDIA collaborated multi-sectoral stakeholders to promote MIL in India. The project entailed holding a National Consultation at the India International Centre, New Delhi. Followed by conducting MIL trainings in co-operation with Uttarakhand Open University for development stakeholders and M.Ed students, translating the UNESCO TOT (Training of Trainers) Curriculum into Hindi.
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a major initiative of The Global Alliance for Partnership on Media & Information Literacy (GAPMIL) was launched by UNESCO 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. This is part of the larger context of the UNESCO-UNAOC MIL and Intercultural Dialogue Network (MILID) and the UNESCO-led GAPMIL.
Discussions in India led to a path-breaking co-operation between Punjabi University - Patiala, Uttarakhand Open University and Foundation for Responsible Media (FORMEDIA). This was the core start-up group of the MILUniversity Network of India (MILUNI). They were joined by University of Calcutta, Pondicherry University and Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University for Journalism & Communication. In association with FORMEDIA, UNESCO initiated a National Consultation in India to build awareness and access to Media & Information Literacy (MIL), with the objective of enabling a global environment for national MIL policies. Key stakeholders participated in the deliberations with the aim of to developing a Position Paper with recommendations for a national MIL policy.
Further to the National Consultation, Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, conducted two Entry-level pilot MIL trainings in association with FORMEDIA. One General Training for a group of M. Ed scholars and one Targetted Training of Trainers (TOT) for development stakeholders and senior academics. This pioneered MIL training in India in 2015, including developing the first pilot Entry-level Basic and Extended Curricula. Note: the full UNESCO TOT Manual and the pilot curricula are available in a translated version in Hindi.