Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018
Youth Agenda Forum
Special emphasis will be placed on the youth, at the Global MIL Week Youth Agenda Forum, to take place on 26 October, 2018, at the University of Latvia, in Riga, Latvia. Young people’s voices will resonate loudly in the global commemoration of MIL Week as well as the feature events. Youth will be engaged not just as target groups for MIL training but also as actors and as part of the solution to achieve media and information literate societies.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION
For all participants who will register to attend both the Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum - the transportation from Kaunas to Riga and back will be organized and covered by the organizers of the event.
The Global MIL Week 2018 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum are co-organized by UNESCO, University of Latvia (Latvia) and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). The two universities are both members of the UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network.
The Global MIL Week Youth Agenda Forum will include thematic panels and hands-on workshops by various young people and youth organizations and leaders. Workshops will be innovative and creative, incorporating music, memes, poetry etc. The GAPMIL Youth Committee will lead certain actions including activities on social media via MIL CLICKS.
Youth Agenda Forum Host
The University of Latvia, founded in 1919, is the largest university in Latvia. It has 13 faculties and 20 research institutes offering more than 130 accredited study programs in a range of natural and social sciences as well as humanities. The University of Latvia has more than 15 000 students; it has accumulated vast experience in the preparation and implementation of national and international research projects. In 2015, the University Of Latvia Faculty Of Social Sciences, through the Department of Communication Studies, established the UNESCO Chair on Media and Information Literacy. Its mission is to conduct research, develop educational activities and policy guidelines in the MIL sphere for different target groups – policy-makers, educators, families, the private sector – as well as to develop study programs, trainings and practical materials for MIL mediators (teachers, librarians) and young people to promote their competencies in media and information literacy.
Bachelor and Master Thesis Competition
As part of the Youth Agenda Forum, graduates & students all across the globe in the fields of Media, Communication, Information, Library Science, Education, Psychology, Computing, Technology and other MIL-related fields are invited to send their applications for the 2018 International Bachelor and Master Thesis Competition on Media, Information and Digital Competencies related subjects.