Why this forum?
- UNESCO Cairo Office has produced Media and Information Literacy (MIL) kit to be used as part of the curriculum materials in the education system at school and the universities of the Arab World. The kit includes learning materials/objects in terms of both text and videos. Well known experts from Egypt (Cairo University) and Spain (Autonomous University of Barcelona) produced this kit.
- A 2-day workshop was organized in Cairo in 2nd and 3rd December, 2014 to introduce/present the kit to all concerned stakeholders and raise awareness about it. 25 Participants from Egypt as well other MENA countries were invited to attend this workshop and actively participated in the proceedings. They were mainly policy makers, media professionals, educationalists and experts in the field. The workshop was launched by Director of UNESCO, Cairo Office, the representative of the Minister of Higher Education, the Secretary General of the National Commission of UNESCO in Egypt.
- A follow-up activity is recommended on hosting a Media and Literacy Forum for building partnerships on promoting media and information literacy in the MENA region and also be also open/create a new chapter of Global Alliance on Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) for the Arab region. GAPMIL as an alliance of organizations, media outlets, universities and any other organizations which are working on MIL is created in Abuja, Nigeria in June 2012 by UNESCO and still hosting it. GAPMIL has already opened its chapters in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America in the last two years.
What are the objectives of the forum?
The Forum will be a focused and permanent mechanism aimed at:
- Articulating concrete partnerships to drive MIL development and impact in the MENA region
- Enabling the MIL community to speak as one voice on certain critical matters related to MENA region, particularly as it relates to policies;
- Further deepening the strategy for MIL by providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations in the MENA region
What are expected outcomes of the forum?
- Increased awareness in the MENA member countries of UNESCO about MIL
- Possible integration of MIL in educational curricula in the MENA countries.
- Launch of the Arab Chapter of Global Alliance on Partnerships on Media and Information literacy
- Exchanged experiences among MENA and foreign experts in the area of MIL
Target groups: Policy makers from Ministry of education, Curriculum experts, MIL educators and experts
Which countries to be invited? 15 countries of MENA region (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, UAE)
What are the expected numbers of participants? Around 80 (10 MIL experts from outside the MENA region, 20 Participants from 14 MENA countries: Local Egyptian participants: 50)
Who are the Key Partners?
- UNESECo Cairo Office
- Ministry of Education, Egypt
- Egypt National Commission for UNESCO
- Arab League
- Al Ahram Canadian University
- Mentor International Association for Media Education
Venue: The Premises of the Arab League