Are you ready for the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018?

Media and information literacy (MIL) is a concept that comprehends all necessary strategies and competencies to address the large amount of information we are exposed to in the digital world, especially social media. It teaches, for instance, how to search, critically evaluate, use and contribute information and media content wisely.

It also encourages young people to get to know their rights online, understand how to combat online hate speech and cyberbullying or engage with media and ICTs to promote equality, free expression, intercultural/interreligious dialogue, peace, etc.

Every year the Global MIL Week features several activities, conferences and meetings where stakeholders can review and celebrate the progress achieved towards the process of "MIL for all". This year’s Global MIL Week 2018 will take place from 24-31 October 2018.

Special attractions such as The Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum are co-organised by UNESCO, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia). The Conference will be held in Lithuania from 24 to 25 October 2018, whereas the Forum will take place on 26 October 2018 in Latvia.

UNESCO also supports the call for the best and brightest answers to social opportunities and challenges through media and information literacy in connection with the launch of the first Global MIL Youth hackathon. Winners of the three-day hackathon will be eligible for seed funding from an investment pool sponsored by UNESCO and the MiSK Foundation(link is external). For more information check the UNESCO MIL website.

The purpose of Global MIL Week is to promote MIL connections across cultures, peoples, educational institutions, organizations, policies, professions, initiatives and nations around the globe.

Stakeholders are encouraged to organize online/offline local events or activities related to MIL in their community or region, taking place around the period of Global MIL Week in October or November 2018. If you do not know how to celebrate the Week, UNESCO proposes theses 10 ways:

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1. Organize a MIL Day

2. Organize relevant events or activities in your city

3. Mainstream MIL topic at universities

4. Use social media to raise awareness about MIL in civil society

5. Send a letter

6. Give a voice to the youth

7. Join the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL)

8. Promote UNESCO’s publications and actions

9. Promote or enroll in the media and information literacy online course

10. Participate in global online debates

More detailed information about these ideas and how to execute them can be found on their webpage. Get inspired and participate!

Begoña Trujillo