The Information and Media Literacy for Rwanda: Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Age

When, local time: 
Thursday, 10 December 2015 -
8:30am to 5:30pm
Where: 
Kenya, Northern Provice, Rwanda
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: j.dutoit@unesco.org)

UNESCO will support Media High Council of Rwanda to organize a national dialogue themed: “The Information and Media Literacy for Rwanda: Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Age” on 10 December 2015 in Rwanda. The national dialogue aims at identifying key trends, challenges and opportunities that the Internet poses for the media and media workers in the digital age and also outline policies and professional strategies that would guide advocacy of information and media literacy in Rwanda, based on existing policy and strategy guidelines.
During the workshop, participants will discuss issues related to Access to Information and Knowledge, Universal access and ability to seek and receive information online, respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, diffusion of New Media and Information Literacy and skills, and ethical dimensions of the media and its role in shaping emerging practices and policies among other issues.

The meeting will attract 200 participants from the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), UNESCO, Rwanda Governance Board, Media High Council (MHC), Media Practitioners working in the media sector in Rwanda and the civil society organizations (NGOs and INGOs).

The national dialogue session is foreseen to help empower citizens and the media industry in Rwanda to be able to access and harness the vast amounts of information and knowledge, by encouraging the adoption and integration of the information and media literacy (MIL) into national policies and strategies.

This activity falls within the framework of Main Line of Action 1 of promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media, and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions.