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Apr 29, 2009

UNESCO supported publication, Mapping media education policies in the world, gives a comprehensive view on the subject. It stresses on the involvement of policymakers in the implementation of media education programmes in their respective countries.

Mapping media education policies in the world: Visions, Programmes and Challenges

Publisher: UN-Alliance of Civilizations, 2009

Media education has become quite prominent with a new learning culture building up in the society. Educators around the world have been championing media education and media literacy. But in most countries policymakers shaping national education programmes have just recently become aware of the need for media literacy.

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Media literacy is one of the principal new tools that provide citizens with the critical knowledge and the analytical tools that empower media audiences to function as autonomous and rational citizens, enabling them to make informed use of the media.

With the rapid growth of ICTs and the resulting convergence of new and traditional media, it is necessary that media and information literacy be considered holistically and applied to all forms of media, regardless of their nature and the technologies used.

Use of Information

The document explores a new aspect of the information competencies development to see how individuals become effective information user. Information professionals involved in user education must also learn how to facilitate information and mass media user’s development.

ICT literacy

Developing information skills or information literacy is a core element to many models of competencies for adults. To have ICT literacy is to have a constellation of skills that are fundamental to modern life. The document throws light on the communication skills constellation that includes information literacy, media literacy, oral communication and reasoning.

Media education issues for professionals and students in the South

The document also looks at the advent of an inclusive information society in the countries of the south with the emancipation of journalism. Citizen could become full stakeholder, producing content and opinions, having access to all means of information and communication, with the help of ICTs.

Media education as developing project in India

One of the chapters looks into the significance of media education as a field of enquiry and a subfield of education in India. Media education as a distinctive pedagogy in its own right has been rarely realised and understood in Indian society.

The sudden haste for initiating ICTs in school can be explained by the state eagerness not to miss the requirements of ICT skilled manpower for future demands in the world. However the recent explosion of communication tools and services within the last two decades has posed new questions that are beyond the comprehension of existing pedagogy in Indian communication studies.

Source : UNESCO
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