With the constantly increasing flow of information received through the media and other information channels, the abilities to find information, understand and critically evaluate it, use it and also express one become more and more important. Children and young people are the ones who are most exposed to new media and at the same time the ones that often lack abilities to independently and critically evaluate what they encounter in the flow of media and information.
Taking into account todays’ political context in Europe, media and information literacy (hereinafter MIL) as such and especially MIL education for children and youth becomes an extremely important field to focus on. Although not all the Nordic countries have an overall national policy regarding MIL issues, the aspects of MIL seem to be in much higher degree contained within respective policy areas than in Lithuania, where unless some progress and valuable, although sporadic, initiatives, awareness on the importance of MIL and MIL education still is at the early stage of development. Although there have been attempts to spotlight the importance of MIL education, there is a big need for increased awareness on MIL in general. Appropriate decisions on the national policy are still lacking. There is a need for curricula, methodologies, practical tools for MIL education at schools and higher education institutions, and competence building for teachers. A broader dialogue between the actors on the national level as well as internationally would contribute to an effective impulse in the development of MIL education.
This project is initiated by the NCM Office in Lithuania and aims to create a platform for a dialogue and cooperation among Lithuanian stakeholders and their Nordic counterparts, and in a broader view to share the Nordic values such as importance of an open society, respect to and nurturing of tolerant, critically thinking and responsible citizens. The purpose is to create systemic preconditions for development of media and information literacy education based on the best Nordic experiences in integrating MIL into general and non-formal education, to create a basis for further Lithuanian (and Baltic) – Nordic cooperation in developing Media and Information Literacy education in an even broader scale.
The initiative in linked to the themes of the Strategy for Nordic Cultural Cooperation 2013-2020 (The Young Nordic Region and The Digital Nordic Region), to the Icelandic Chairmanship Programme 2014 (New Knowledge and focus on children and youth), and NCM programmes Green Growth and Sustainable Nordic Welfare.
In order to achieve the purpose, the following activities are planned:
Accordingly, the planned project activities, based on these needs, are described in more detail hereinafter.
1. Methodological material for teachers’ competence building in the field of MIL.
2. Methodological material for teachers and other educational parties concerned (parents, librarians, high school lecturers, and others) to use in MIL education.
1. 15 MIL workshops organized for about 350 pers.;
2. MIL is included into agenda of other events, organized by Education Development Centre, attended by 150 teachers;
3. MIL tools are presented to the public during the biggest annual event for schools – Exhibition/Fair ”School”.
1. The concept of MIL is included into education policy documents;
2. Developed and tested MIL achievement description;
3. Initiated networking of MIL participants in the field of MIL education.
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