JAYECAN Executive Director Abrahim Simmonds will address the youths of the First General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) – to kick start the youth agenda of MIL Week 2016. Simmonds is expected to share in a panel discussion on Youth Involvement in Media and Information production for Advocacy and Positive Social Change.
The yearly Global MIL Week, initiated in 2012, is led by UNESCO in cooperation with GAPMIL, UNAOC and the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network. It unites diverse actors committed to promoting media and information literacy (MIL) as a way to foster social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.
The Global MIL Week activities and conference are important opportunities for stakeholders globally, including members of GAPMIL and the International University MILID Network to meet and share the latest research, projects, new ideas and information with a diverse gathering of stakeholders involved in information and media literacy, and in print, screen-based and digital media.
JAYECAN plans to celebrate MIL Week locally with a live webinar on November 3 at 1:00 PM EST.
The Conference and General Assembly will, for the first time in Brazil, connect international organizations, universities, associations, research groups and educators, media professionals, information specialists and librarians, policy makers and regulators, NGOs and practitioners in MIL from around the world. The aim is to heighten public awareness of the importance of media and information literacy at a global level while fostering cooperation, mobility and sharing. This year, the event will also highlight artists, journalists, and professionals who work on after-school and community-based MIL programs.