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Media and Information Literacy Hackathon 2021


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What can youth do to harness Media and Information Literacy to build the post-pandemic world for public good? Hack Media and Information Literacy for  Better Futures – a Global Youth Hackathon led by UNESCO and South Africa, in cooperation with European Commission and IBM will seek to answer this question. The call for applications is now launched globally.
UNESCO strives to equip youth with media and information literacy competencies, which enhance youth’s capacities to access and verify information and media content and to harness the power of technology. When empowered, youth can be co-leaders and co-creators of MIL development and diffusion. Media and information literate youth can contribute to building a more resilient and better future, alongside their seniors.
Keeping this in mind, since 2016, UNESCO has been providing a platform dedicated to young people during the annual Global Media and Information Literacy Week, namely the Youth Agenda Forum. The Forum aims to highlight the importance of ensuring participation and co-leadership of youth in programmes, initiatives and activities on media and information literacy, and to engage youth in the creation and dissemination of media and information literacy knowledge and resources as leaders and peer educators.


  1. Media and Information Literate Youth to  promote peace building narratives and address hate speech 
  2. Media and Information Literacy within Youth Organizations: Innovative Ideas
  3. Media and information literacy in city spaces

Deadline: 3rd October 2021, at 00:00 CET

Call for applications