From 27 to 29 June in the National Library of Latvia the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO II) will happen. It is organized by UNESCO, the European Commission, the Latvian government and the Sub-Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), under the theme "Media and Information Literacy In Europe: Citizens' Critical Competencies for a Rights-Based, Transparent, Open, Secure and Inclusive Information Environment".
The world is at a crossroads. Faced with growing levels of migration, increasing inequalities and gap between rich and poor; violence and intolerance and more sustainable development goals than years to achieve them – calls for new ways of thinking about information and communication.
Tackling these challenges require effective communication and access to information among peoples, communities and countries to sustain dialogue.
Media and information literacy can help to make all citizens understand how media and information enables dialogue as well as issues such as human rights online and offline, ethical use of information, privacy, radicalization, propaganda, manipulation of identity regardless of their levels of education or socio-economic background.
The objectives of the forum are:
- To deliberate the current situation of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Europe and to foster the creation of a framework for joint action;
- To explore co-operation among the European initiatives and with other initiatives around the world, including a common research agenda on MIL in Europe.
Participants will include NGOs, researchers, information and media professionals, educators, private sector, development organizations, governments and policy makers.
Media and information literacy is for all citizens. Yet the perspectives of youth on media and information literacy and their interaction with adults remain a potent strategy to bring about change. Therefore, the EU-MILINFO II makes deliberate effort to give ear to and highlight the voices of youth on some of the critical issues to be addressed in the conference.
The Forum will be one of the key regional PrepCom meetings leading up to the GAPMIL Global MIL Week feature event, the Sixth Media and Information Literacy & Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the First GAPMIL General Assembly, 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. Read more on Global MIL Week HERE.