Namibia launches Media and Information Literacy Week

24 Oct 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) launched the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week here on Tuesday.
MIL Week is celebrated globally to highlight the importance of digital media and information literacy as a key component in the education of children and the youth.
This year it is celebrated from 24 October to 01 November under the theme ‘Revolutionising the learning processes’.
In her keynote address, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka said the aim of MIL Week is to create a platform for Namibians to understand and manage their rights online, combat cyberbullying, prevent online hate speech, and engage with information and communication technology to promote equality, free expression, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and peace.
“The National Development Plan (NDP5) projects that by 2022, all Namibians should promote critical thinking and media literacy with a focus on the use of the internet and social media,” she said, adding that this will help them resist racial discrimination, gender-based-violence and marginalisation.
Nghipondoka pointed out that this was achievable as long as learners are taught media and information literacy skills by committed and qualified teachers.
Unesco Representative to Namibia, Dr Jean Pierre Ilboudo said young people’s voices will resonate loudly in the commemoration of Global Media and Information Literacy Week.
“It is important that young people learn to read content with a critical eye and not take everything that is said at face value,” said Ilboudo.
MIL Week will be celebrated with public lectures taking place at the University of Namibia and International University of Management as well as visits to some local high schools.