Presentation on theme: "Thematic Debate Invited experts addressed four key questions:"— Presentation transcript:
1 Information literacy for lifelong learning Abdelaziz Abid Information Society Division
2 Thematic Debate Invited experts addressed four key questions: What is Information Literacy?What are people’s needs?What education programmes are needed to meet these needs?What strategies and actions can UNESCO and IFAP implement?
3 Information LiteracyWSIS declared “common desire to build a people-centered, inclusive… Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge…”
4 What is Information Literacy? The concept not well understood by Governments or societies;The term does not translate easily into French or other languages and this makes it difficult to promote at an international level;
5 What is Information Literacy? Of particular relevance in a digital world are the abilities to evaluate information critically and to create information;The latest definition of Information Literacy, produced by CILIP (2004) is: “Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.”
6 What are People’s Needs? Information literacy- concern to all sectors of society;Developing countries need a more proactive role in determining solutions most appropriate to needs;The 2005 EFA Report revealed there are 799 million adult illiterates and 64% of these are women;Information literacy enables people to access information about their health, their environment, their education and work;People require ICT literacy to access digital information; in information societies this is a necessary pre-condition for information literacy.
7 What Education Programmes are Needed? Migration from “unconscious incompetent” to “conscious incompetent” and only then to “conscious competent”;An Information Literacy curriculum (at all levels) accepted by Governments and education administrators;Educationalists to change focus from information technologies to information;
8 What Education Programmes are Needed? Teachers are a barrier in creating more information literate students and therefore education programmes must be directed at them in the first instance;Opportunity for information literacy to become a cornerstone in programmes developed as part of the United Nations’ Decade for Literacy, especially for women and out-of-school girls.
9 Strategy Develop international policy guidelines Support curriculum development and distance learning initiatives- training in IL should be included in initial and in-service training programmes as part of teachers’ ongoing professional development.Promote models of best practice that can assist in the adoption of information literacy skills.Support exchange of experiences and professional development