16 November 2020
UNESCO regards Media and Information Literacy (MIL) education as one of the central domains in fostering critical thinking, respect for cultural diversity, and open dialogue. To support Member States in formulating education policies on MIL that respond to the current trends and challenges, UNESCO Bangkok Office published a new study Media and Information Literacy Education in Asia: Exploration of policies and practices in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.The study critically reviews the MIL education policies and practices in formal, informal and non-formal settings in the five countries above, and explores how MIL education could address the emerging and pressing issues such as political extremism, false news, online harassment and discrimination. The publication further attempts to synthesize the current MIL policies and practices in Asia and provide suggestions, in light of the global concerns over eroding democratic values and the rise of populism.
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