“Media and information literacy is important in the rapid growth of media and ICTs. It sees media and information literacy as vital to the empowerment of people. ICTs in education and equitable access to information knowledge” – UNESCO
In light of globalization and the growing force of technological advancements particularly of the ICTs, it is essential that everyone hold media and information literacy. This enables people to use, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and make logical judgments as users of information and media, as well as to become responsible and intellectual producers of information and media. In a digital world, media and information literacy is a basic human right and a great equalizer – it provides us the freedom of expression and the access to information. With information literacy, comes the ability to become effective users and producers of media and information. With media literacy, comes the competencies necessary to engage with traditional media and new technologies.
The rise of mass media and new technologies has brought about significant changes in our society and sometimes it has directed us to the proliferation of false beliefs and misleading facts. In response to this, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aims to contribute peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication. The media can be an instrument of this realization only if we, as users and producers, hold media and information literacy in our daily lives.