We are pleased to announce the launch of GAPMIL Europe!
We are grateful to UNESCO for convening the meeting in partnership with the European Commission and majors stakeholders from the various fields that enrich Media and Information Literacy (MIL). The meeting was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, on 8-9th October 2015. We convened an interim board meeting following up on the first European GAPMIL forum of May 2014.
GAPMIL Europe is one of two sub-chapters for our region (by UNESCO standards), the other one being North America. GAPMIL Europe will have an interim board for one year, in charge of coordinating actions and operations. It will be in charge of preparing the terms of reference and the elections of the first full governing board. It will also start to develop an action plan and take steps towards implementation.
The membership is open to individuals and institutions, as long as they join GAPMIL. We will be communicating among ourselves and the membership via a Facebook page: GAPMIL Europe.
Wishing us all many opportunities for networking, exchanging experiences and enriching the field of Media and Information Literacy
The interim committee
GAPMIL seeks to globally reposition Media and Information Literacy around the core objectives of:
- Articulating key strategic partnerships to drive MIL development globally and its application to eight key development areas:
- Governance, citizenship and freedom of expression;
- Access to information and knowledge for all citizens;
- Development of media, libraries, Internet and other information providers;
- Education, teaching, and learning – including professional development; Women, children and youth, disabled and other marginalized groups;
- Linguistic and cultural diversity as well as intercultural and interfaith dialogue;
- Women, children and youth, persons with disabilities and other marginalized social groups;
- Health and wellness;
- Business, industry, employment and sustainable economic development;
- Agriculture, farming, wildlife protection, forestry and natural resources conservation as well as other areas.
- Enabling the MIL community to speak and address, with a unified voice, certain critical matters, including the need for policies; and
- Further deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite concept by providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations globally that will ensure convergence of regional and international initiative and amplification of global impact.