Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The AoC book on media education

"UNESCO joined the UN Alliance of Civilizations to produce – in partnership with the European Commission and Grupo Comunicar - a comprehensive publication Mapping media education policies in the world: visions, programmes and challenges.
According to Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, ‘this publication comes at an important juncture when media education is increasingly recognized as an important item on the development and policy agendas in developed, developing and emerging economies’.
Mapping media education policies in the world offers a comprehensive approach to media education, considering it from three inter-related dimensions: its national, regional and global contexts; its value to citizens and civic participation; and the crucial role of collaboration among governments, civil society and the private sector in the process.
UNESCO expects that the information contained in this collection will inspire readers to take action that is informed by expert knowledge. Each reader can be a catalyst for change, and purpose-driven media education programmes can aid this change.
Marc Scheuer, Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, believes that the goal of this publication is ‘to generate a trusted source of reference for policy makers, researchers and educators looking for information on best practices that will encourage the implementation of media education programs in their respective countries and regions’.
The publication can be downloaded here.(pdf)"

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