Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 - Website launched and registrations open

2017-06-02

The sixth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week will take place from 25 October to 1 November, 2017, under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-Imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments”. The Global MIL Week 2017 highlights include its feature event, namely the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference. The feature conference will be hosted by the University of the West Indies, and will take place from 24 to 27 November, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 2017 week takes place in the context of rapid changes in politics, economics, development and social life. On one hand, people have not fully grasped the increasing value of media and information in all forms. On the other hand, it has become more difficult than ever before to make sense of the growing abundance of information and the proliferation of content posing as authentic news.

Against this backdrop, an understanding of the media and information environments, which is made possible by MIL, becomes an essential aspect of the learning and education of everyone.

Global MIL Week and its feature conference enable the sharing of the latest research, projects, new ideas, and information with a diverse connection across stakeholders and countries involved in MIL, and in print, screen-based and digital media. In addition, this year’s Global MIL Week feature conference will underline how MIL can bridge the gap between learning in formal education environments and learning in other information environments.

One key feature of Global MIL 2017 is the Youth Agenda Forum that will take place on 24 October 2017. The Youth Agenda will creatively engage youth in MIL through music, poetry, debates, collaborative work etc.  UNESCO and partners encourage young persons to see registration information below.

We also call on stakeholders globally to plan local activities online or offline to celebrate Global MIL Week and register these on the official website at: https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2017/register-your-event.

The Global MIL Week 2017 official website has been launched. The link is: https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2017.

The online registration for the Global MIL Week 2017 feature conference is now open. Persons who plan to attend the conference/Youth Agenda should register at: https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-media-and-information-.... The deadline for registration is 20 August 2017.

We invite all stakeholders across the world who are interested in speaking in the feature conference to submit paper or presentation proposals about MIL-related research, initiatives, programs, policies and other types of work and new ideas. Online submission is now open. Authors can submit their proposals at: https://en.unesco.org/feedback/global-mil-week-2017-papers-a.... The deadline for submission is 20 June 2017.

For more information, please visit the Global MIL Week 2017 official website.