UNESCO's Second Edition of the Media and information Literacy Curriculum: “Think critically, click wisely”

Author: Žikica Stevanović

Second Edition of the UNESCO Model Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Educators and Learners was launched on 23 of April, with a new resource Media and Information Literate Citizens: Think critically, click wisely.

 

During the online presentation of the Curriculum that was hosted by the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade, prime minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić said that the Curriculum is a tool for people to acquire skills to better interpret and value information.

 

Brnabić assessed that Serbia would achieve more in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic if it didn't have to fight the fake news about the virus.

 

"Fight against COVID-19 and parallel fight against the fake news everyday, both from the media and social networks - all of that means that the fight is twice as hard", she stressed.

 

Brnabić added that the state should invest in younger generations and teach them how to re-examine information and think critically.

 

Think before you click 

 

Vice President and Commissioner of European Commission Vera Jourova said the pandemic changed the way people communicate, so it is crucial to educate people to acquire skills to think critically about the content they share.

 

"In other words, 'to think before they click'", she added.

 

Jurova stressed that disinformation during the pandemic threatens health, but also the society and democracy so, she added, media and information literacy is included in European Democracy Action Plan in order to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the EU.

 

Deputy Chairperson of African Union Commission Monique Nsanzabaganwa said that literacy is a key factor for young people to participate in building a knowledge-based society.

 

She said that literacy during the pandemic enabled citizens to play an active role in protecting their health, and the health of the community.

 

Media and information literacy for new global challenges 

 

UNESCO began the process of updating its Model MIL Curriculum during the International Consultative Meeting on MIL Curriculum, on 12-13 September 2019, hosted by the Republic of Serbia. 

 

The international consultation was followed by a series of regional consultations that spanned over one year. 

 

The organisation issued its Model Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Curriculum in 2011, the only international curriculum to date that harmonises information, media, and digital competencies under the umbrella term of "MIL". 

 

The current edition is highly demanded, exists in twelve languages, and has informed the development of further MIL resources by various partners across the world. 

 

"Notwithstanding, it is necessary to update this flagship resource ten years after its publication. This is increasingly needed in light of new developments in the digital domain including artificial intelligence, emergence of new concepts such as digital citizenship education, and exponential rise in disinformation and online hate speech", UNESCO stated.

 

This Second Edition of the Curriculum followed a series of global consultations on MIL in all regions of the world, which spanned over one year and began in the Republic of Serbia.