The Fifth UNESCO regional consultation, to collect contributions to the revision of the “Teacher training program for Media and Information Literacy (EMI)”, was organized online this 07 July 2020, with the participation of several stakeholders including teacher training institutions, media organizations, youth organizations and several young people and specialists, from French-speaking countries of West and Central Africa .
The MIL Teacher Training Program was developed by UNESCO in 2012 and has since undergone several translations, adaptations and pilotings around the world. However, the social and technological developments of recent decades which have a lasting impact on practices, relationships and interactions with the media and information require a review of this program. UNESCO has opted for a participatory process with the organization of a series of regional consultations. The one organized on Tuesday 07 July 2020 by the UNESCO multisectoral regional office for West Africa-Sahel, in collaboration with the UNESCO regional office for Central Africa and the national offices of the two regions, for the benefit of the French-speaking countries of West and Central Africa, is one of them.
The main objectives of the meeting were, on the one hand, to collect contributions for updating the teacher training program, and on the other hand, to formulate recommendations for the promotion of media and media literacy. information in French-speaking Africa. Situating the MIL in the fields of competence of UNESCO, Mr. Moez Chakchouk pointed out that it participates in particular "to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 11, 16 and 17, by promoting civic policy of all ”. He also cited the emergence of new concepts and technological advances, including artificial intelligence, global citizenship, and digital citizenship, to justify the need to revise the curriculum. For his part, Mr. Dimitri Sanga recalled that she (the EMI) “provides a response to several major challenges in our society, including the centrality of citizen participation in public debate; democratization of the processes of creation, dissemination and access to information; the ever increasing flow and co-presence of disinformation, misinformation and information; etc. ". Read more