The Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Consultative Workshop by UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting took place at Coco Palm Hotel from July 23–24.
The Information for All Programme (IFAP) an inter-governmental programme, created in 2000 with the aim of harnessing new opportunities of the information age to create fair societies through better access to information, was a key focal point of the media meetings.
Vice Chairperson of IFAP for Latin America and the Caribbean, Eric Nurse, explained the role of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) within the programme’s mandate.
“Media and information Literacy is about ensuring that persons can use media and information for their own development; in terms of information for development, information ethics, creating a better society based on how you use the information, so that the information you put out there would do more good; it will have more positive than negative. That is what we are trying to do. This is what Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is about, so that to ensure persons can use media for learning,” Nurse explained.
Nurse also discussed how the programme is attempting to provide impartial access to opportunities for all.
“What IFAP tries to do is to ensure that there is a small gap in information accessibility, thereby making sure that low income persons or persons within the community have the necessary information so that they can gain access to things that they can benefit from, so that they can have self employment, so that they can gain information to do their research, for education purposes and so on. So that is what IFAP tries to do,” he added.
Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in everyday life. UNESCO’s strategy brings together these two fields as a combined set of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
MIL considers all forms of media and other information providers such as libraries, archives, museums and Internet irrespective of technologies used.