THEME: “A CULTURE OF DIALOGUE – COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION IN A
Media and Information Literacy (MIL) includes competencies to access,
critically analyze, create, and use information and media in various
forms. It is increasingly crucial to all citizens in changing media
and information environments, whether we are looking at traditional or
These competencies, in the 21st century knowledge society, become even
more important when we consider how they can stimulate effective
participation in dialogue as well as the democratic and governance
Having access to media and information is a necessity but the impact
of this access is magnified exponentially when citizens have the
competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) to critically and
effectively engage with the media, internet and other information
In an information driven world, information and knowledge become the
life blood to development and good governance. Achieving the UN’s
recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires that
people of all levels of society acquire the skills to access and
critically evaluate information, and to effectively engage with media
of all forms.
To this end, UNESCO and DW AKADEMIE, Germany’s leading organization
for international media development in collaboration with the Pan –
African Alliance on Media and Information Literacy (PAMIL) and the
Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy
(GAPMIL) will be holding the 2nd Pan – African Conference on Media and
Information from DECEMBER 1 – 3, 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The theme of the conference is: “A Culture of Dialogue –
Communication and Information in a Digitalizing World”
THE CONFERENCE AIMS buy cheap cipro in usa TO:
1) Create a forum for debate on a continental position on MIL
education in order to encourage national policies and strategies for
integrating media and information literacy into school and teacher
2) Give a voice to students and youths by sharing good practices
regarding the development and implementation of continental youth MIL
3) Create an awareness of the importance of MIL, and promote the
relevance of MIL as a catalyst for peaceful communication –
particularly in social networks – and as a culture of dialogue.
Participants for the 2nd Pan – African MIL Conference will be drawn
from MIL stakeholders across Africa and beyond, including MIL
organizations, media and information providers, government agencies,
schools, universities, NGOs, libraries, development partners and youth
The conference aims to build on the efforts of the continental MIL
platform, the Pan – African Alliance on Media and Information
Literacy (PAMIL), and will feature hands – on presentations that
provide current approaches and perspectives on the growing media and
information literacy field.
The conference will also include a number of timely participatory
workshops based on key media and information literacy related areas.
The theme “A culture of dialogue” is the conference’s core idea
and is reflected in the conference design; it will feature prominently
in conference deliberations.
This 2nd Pan – African MIL Conference comes seven years after the 1st
Africa Media Literacy Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria, from July 30
– 31, 2008, which focused on empowering children and youth and
advancing the benefits of information and communication technologies.