Welcome to Global Media and Information Literacy (GMIL) Week 2023! Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2023 | UNESCO This year’s theme focuses on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Digital Spaces. In today’s ever-connected digital world, its crucial to highlight the growing need for MIL globally. If you’ve never heard of GMIL week, buckle up! We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the occasion, why you should care, and how every one of you can get involved this year!
What is GMIL?
Global Media and Information Literacy Week is an annual initiative organized by UNESCO, with events to be hosted in Jordan this year. It aims to raise awareness and mobilize stakeholders to promote MIL as a key skill for education in the 21st century. MIL refers to the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and communicate using various forms of media and information sources. It helps us navigate the complex and fast-changing information environment, recognize and resist misinformation and disinformation, foster critical thinking and civic participation, and to nurture trust and solidarity.
The History of GMIL
GMIL Week was first celebrated in 2011 as part of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), a network of organizations and individuals working together to advance MIL around the world. In 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming GMIL Week as an official international observance. The theme for this year’s GMIL Week is “Media and Information Literacy in Digital Spaces: A Collective Global Agenda”, reflecting the importance of harnessing the power of technology for good, and advancing our collective capabilities to disseminate misinformation and disinformation online, transforming digital spaces for good.
During GMIL Week, various events will take place online and offline to showcase good practices, share experiences, exchange ideas, and inspire actions on MIL. Some of the highlights include:
- The GMIL Week Feature Conference (24-26 October) will bring together experts, practitioners, policymakers, educators, youth, and media professionals from different regions to discuss and debate the essential issues related to MIL in digital spaces. Plenary Sessions | UNESCO
- The Youth Newsroom will provide an opportunity for young journalists and media students to cover the GMIL Week events and produce multimedia content for different platforms. The Youth Newsroom at Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2023 | UNESCO
- The Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon will challenge young innovators to develop solutions for promoting MIL in their communities. Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon | UNESCO
- And The Global MIL Awards will recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing MIL.
These are just a few of the many great events taking place throughout the week. You can find more information about these events and how to register or participate on the official GMIL Week website. You can also follow the hashtag #GlobalMILWeek on social media to stay updated on the latest news and activities.
Stay Involved with us!
Here at KnowledgeFlow, we work tirelessly to create high quality resources designed to educate individuals of all ages about digital media literacy and online privacy. You can find hundreds of FREE resources on our website, but today were proud to offer two key resources we know you’re going to love!
- Our team, in partnership with ICTC, proudly presents ‘CyberBytes,’ a series of free courses designed to address the digital literacy needs of K-12 educators. This program places a strong emphasis on individual teacher development, offering three proficiency levels in four key digital technology areas. Our courses are expertly crafted to elevate educators from foundational knowledge to a level of comprehension, practical application, and analytical skills. Discover the power of ‘CyberBytes’ today! CyberBytes – KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation
- ICTC’s National CyberDay 2023 was a massive hit! The online event featured lesson materials and resources for all teachers. With carefully curated lesson plans from grades K-12, you won’t want to miss out. Register now to gain access to our lesson plans and materials for in-class and at-home cybersafety education! National CyberDay 2023 – KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation
We hope you learned something new about GMIL Week. Please join us in celebrating this occasion by spreading the word about MIL, sharing your own experiences or stories related to MIL, and taking part in any of the events or activities throughout the week. Together, we can make a difference by nurturing digital trust through MIL.