OCTOBER 2, 2020
Join AfLIA virtually to promote Media and Information Literacy in Africa by enrolling in the 2020 Global Media and Literacy Week: Call to Action course. The free 5day course which is open to African librarians in all library types will be accessible on AfLIA’s Moodle platform from 25th – 29th October, 2020.
The 8th annual celebration of the Global Media and Literacy Week will take place from 24th – 31st October, 2020 with the theme – “Resisting Disinfodemic: Media and Information Literacy for everyone and, by everyone”. Initiated in 2012 by UNESCO in cooperation with GAPMIL, UNAOC and the MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, the Week is an avenue for uniting the different organizations that promote Media and Information Literacy (MIL) all over the world so that everyone will join hands to uphold MIL as a veritable pathway of engendering social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.
The African Library and Information Institutions and Associations (AfLIA) sees this as a clarion call to African librarians to take the lead in curbing the spread of COVID-19 by taking on the fight against the misuse of information. With a below average literacy rate globally, Africa is disposed to be affected more by disinfodemic about the cure and spread of COVID-19 rather than being infected by the virus itself. AfLIA taking cognizance of the vulnerability of African communities who may not easily have access to correct information to counterbalance disinfodemic is rallying African librarians to action during the Week.
Also, Certificates will be awarded to participants.
‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’ – John Lewis (1940 -2020)
Let’s make librarians visible in the fight against disinformation about COVID-19 in Africa.