24 to 31 October 2019 is UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week. The theme - Media and Information Literate Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered.

UNESCO says that education for all must include media information and literacy for everyone. Informal education is important – but classes are important too.

To increase access to MIL training, UNESCO has launched two online courses – one for youth, providing basic media and information competencies to become critical citizens; and another which explores the relationship between MIL, intercultural dialogue and gender representation, how to evaluate the information found in libraries, publications and virtual spaces, how to produce one's own content, and how to understand and evaluate the world of advertising and how it is regulated and controlled.

UNESCO and partners are also producing a toolkit which will include;

  • MIL Curriculum for Teachers
  • Global MIL Assessment Framework
  • Guidelines for Broadcasters to Promote MIL and User-Generated Content
  • An online multimedia MIL teaching resources tool
  • MIL Policy and Strategy Guidelines.