The 2014 Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Week (MILID Week) will be hosted by the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and will be held from 27 - 28 September. This annual event is led by UNESCO and the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) within the framework of the Media and Information and Intercultural Dialogue University Network (MILID University Network).
For the third time, MILID Week will be uniting diverse actors committed to promoting media and information literacy (MIL) as a way to foster social inclusion and inter-cultural dialogue. Stakeholders, international organizations, universities, associations, research groups and teachers from all around the world will attend to give momentum to the dialogue at a global level.
MILID Week offers opportunities to draw worldwide attention to how MIL helps empower citizens. It seeks to foster synergies among experts, academics, and other civil society actors and practitioners of MIL by encouraging them to work together. MILID Week is a platform for cooperation, debates and exchanges of experiences.
Stakeholders of MILID Week are interested in the fundamental link between Media and Information literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue. In an age of constantly changing technologies and evolving information and media, enhancing access to media and information literacy has never been more relevant to social policies. These competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) contribute to social inclusion and cohesion, and mutual understanding which are essentials for peace and good governance and democracy.
The MILID University Network and MILID Week are part of a large global movement, the Global Alliance for Partnerships in MIL (GAPMIL). GAPMIL was designed to push for MIL for all, to raise global awareness and to jointly develop and implement concrete MIL initiatives in line with its Framework and Plan of Action. Follow the link to read more and to join GAPMIL.
We can all learn from our diverse experiences and together, we can initiate change. That is why UNESCO encourages all of those who will not be able to attend the conference to put into action the 10 ways to celebrate MILID Week at the local and regional level.
MILID Week lies within the framework of the UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on Media and Information Programme Literacy that brings together eight member universities and over a dozen associate universities. The MILID University Network includes partners such as the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), University of the West Indies (Jamaica), Cairo University (Egypt), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Temple University (USA), Beijing Tsinghua University (China), Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco) and Queensland University of Technology (Australia).