Are you part of a youth-led organisation? Is your organisation membership-based? Then, this is for you. UNESCO and the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) is planning a workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, for membership-based youth-led organisations.
The workshop will focus on giving participating youth a set of critical skills – comprehension, analysis, evaluation and production – to help them appreciate media messages and how they can use media and information to their own advantage in their work and bring about the required change in their environment.
Two people (with an eye on gender balance) will be invited from 20 youth organisations across Nigeria. This workshop is open to all youth organisations regardless of their areas of interest (environment, religion, sports, education, literacy, gender, human rights, etc).
Interested organisations (membership-based and youth-led) must be registered and get the approval of their boards that they would apply the Media & Information Literacy (MIL) strategy developed at the end of the workshop in their work.
Selected organisations will be expected to present a short report (one page) on how they will apply MIL in their work. UNESCO will offer financial support for the implementation of MIL-related activities of selected organisations.
Interested organisations should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joseph at 08067251727 or Runcie at 08036053866
What is Media & Information Literacy and why it matters
Media and Information Literacy emphasizes critical thinking and creative skills.
Media and Information Literacy is defined by UNESCO as “the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms”. It is about developing critical thinking and media production skills to promote global understanding. UNESCO promotes media literacy education through the development of reading, listening and visual decoding skills with the belief that all those components, combined, support life-long democratic citizenship.
Interdisciplinary by nature, media and information literacy represents a necessary, inevitable and realistic response to the complex, ever-changing electronic environment and communication cornucopia that surrounds us.
The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL): www.africmil.org
AFRICMIL is a non-profit organisation working for the empowerment of students and youth through the promotion of media and information literacy.
AFRICMIL aims to:
- Develop media and information capacity in students and young people to create a general understanding and appreciation of youth issues;
- Aid students and youth (using media and information) to work up to their full potential;
- Encourage media to include youth issues and perspectives in their contents by regularly providing them with stories and relevant information about young people;
- Disseminate widely the best of the results of the youth work in various media forms;
- Facilitate exchange of experiences and views of young people as a way of enhancing intercultural dialogue.