Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018

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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.

Co-organizers

The Global MIL Week 2018 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum are co-organized by UNESCO, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia). The two universities are both members of the UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network.

Objectives

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.