Media literacy in action: experts, government, society

9 June 2022

On 9-10 June 2022, Internews Central Asia will organise an International Research and Training Conference - Media Literacy in Action: Experts, Government, Society. UNESCO will present new curricula on media and information literacy vision strategies and resources, to promote the right to information, promote intercultural dialogue and harmony, combat misinformation and hate speech.

Nearly 60%of the worlds population is using the Internet, yet wide-scale and sustainable media and information literacy training for all is still missing.

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Central Asian states have accumulated interesting experiences in promoting media and information literacy, created learning and game resources, and developed informal approaches to developing critical thinking and the resilience of the whole society to misinformation.

However, this work is being done by non-governmental civil society organisations. There are still no national strategies for the development of media and information literacy covering all stakeholders, and foreign experience in promoting MIL is practically insufficiently studied.

The conference aims to create a theoretical basis for the development of national strategies for the promotion of MIL in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Staff from UNESCO Almaty Office and UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, international experts from Finland and USA, ministry officials from 3 countries will participate in the conference, as well as teachers, scientists, media trainers, journalists, cultural workers, civil activists promoting MIL.

Key Outputs / Elements

Information Literacy

  • Define and articulate information needs
  • Locate and access information
  • Assess information
  • Organize information
  • Make ethical use of information
  • Communicate information
  • Use ICT skills for information processing

Media Literacy

  • Understand the role and functions of media, and Internet communications companies in democratic societies
  • Understand the conditions under which media can fulfiel their functions
  • Critically evaluate media content in the light of media functions
  • Engage with media for self-expression and democratic participationReview skills (including ICTs) needed to produce user-generated content

Digital Literacy

  • Use of digital tools
  • Understand digital identityRecognize digital rights
  • Assess AI issuesImprove how to communicate digitally
  • Manage digital health
  • Practice digital security and safety


There is an obvious relationships between the converging fields of media literacy, information literacy, and digital literacy. Globally, many organizations use the term "media education," which covers both media literacy and information literacy. UNESCO use of the term "media and information literacy" seeks to harmonize different notions and approaches in the light of converging delivery platforms.

The Five Laws of MIL are intended as guides, together with other UNESCO resources, for all stakeholders involved in the application of MIL in all forms of development.

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