The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media & Information Literacy (GAPMIL)
GAPMIL was launched during the Abuja conference to give greater impetus to fostering media and information literate citizenries in the governance and development agenda, GAPMIL was established through a call for interest which was distributed to stakeholders groups globally. Close to 300 organizations responded and agreed to be associated with the GAPMIL.
This was followed by a three‐month online debate and culminated with the gathering of partners and further debates in Nigeria from 26 to 28 June, 2014, during the Global Forum for Partnerships on MIL, incorporating the International Conference on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue.
Cooperation with Member States
As part of its action plan, GAPMIL will:
- Assist Member States to articulate national MIL policies and strategies – integrating these with existing national ICTs, information, media and communication, and education policies, strategies, and regulatory system.
- Encourage and support Member States to develop relevance in local projects and government partnerships, particularly in countries and regions where MIL is a novel or developing concept. This will include encouraging Ministries of Education to develop a standard MIL curriculum to be incorporated into education systems at the elementary/primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Furthermore, national governments will be supported to monitor and evaluate MIL initiatives through the use of the UNESCO Global MIL Assessment Framework developed by UNESCO for informed decision making at policy, teacher training and development levels.
- Encourage Member States to welcome representation from the GAPMIL at relevant important national, regional, and international policymaker meetings such as the Global Meeting of Ministers of Education and other relevant institutions organized by UNESCO as well as other regional structures, processes and economic communities.
- Assist and support Member States to set and monitor MIL goals and targets in respect to MIL providing MIL training for all citizens at the country and regional levels.
- Encourage Member States to appoint focal points for MIL in all ministries of education, communication and information, and technology.
- Support and encourage Member States to develop training programmes on MIL for government officials.