Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, will be a hive of activity, as UNESCO prepares to hold a Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (MIL), which will include an International Conference on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue.
Scheduled from 26 to 28 June, the Conference is a joint initiative of UNESCO and other key stakeholders, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Federal Government of Nigeria, which is hosting the conference, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Other partners include the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, the UN Alliance of Civilizations and other local Nigerian organizations in the public and private sector.
The Forum and Conference, seek to provide a mechanism for articulating key strategic partnerships to drive MIL development and impact globally. Also high on the agenda is the need to enable the MIL community to harmonize their approaches on policies, in addition to deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite whole. Journalism education will feature prominently as a key aspect of popularizing MIL as a means for enhancing cultural and linguistic diversity.
An estimated 250 participants will be attending the Forum from public and private organizations running the whole gamut of MIL and journalism education activities. These include non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, associations, networks, training/academic institutions, media organizations, broadcasting commissions, libraries, information providers, public or private entities, research institutions involved in MIL-related activities from all over the world.
The inaugural session will be addressed by, among others, the honorable Minister Labaran Maku, Federal Ministry of Information of Nigeria, and Dr Naif Al Romi, Deputy Minister of Education for Development of Saudi Arabia.