Language Resources Release during Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019

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Do you use media for further the rights of individuals? How well-equipped the communities you work with are with resources that they need to function independently to take the correct information to each member? As UNESCO and its partners get ready to celebrate the seventh Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week—an annual celebration to educate individuals and communities the use of the information and media for ensuring public good, and also contribute in the media development for furthering the rights of people—we are gearing up to organize a sprint for creating resources for indigenous communities.

Not many communities are well-versed in the majority languages like Arabic or English or French or Japanese. We truly believe that the access to information and media in one’s own language is a human right. This year’s MIL week for us will be spent in working closely with the members of our Marginalized Community Council and beyond to list the essential resources required for media and information development for different languages, especially the indigenous ones. This year’s theme for the MIL week is “Media and Information Literate Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered” cannot be truly fulfilled if communities are unaware of the available resources to share information in meaningful ways.

You can help us further this collective goal too!

Please help us aggregate the media and information literacy resources in your own language and/or the languages you work with.

  1. Fill up the form below. We will contact you soon and will help publish it on our website with the blog attributed to you.
  2. Promote about this activity on social media and in your network, and encourage other indigenous language speakers to submit more resources

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FAQs

1. What exactly I am supposed to submit?

A: The form is self-explanatory. It’s intended to collect information about the resources that are required for disseminating information and developing media. Some typical examples include links to news publications a language, digital tools like input methods or mobile apps that are useful for sharing information in the said language online, etc.

2. What will be the use of these resources after I submit?

A: We will publish the resources on our website in your name as an author. The published blog can serve as a place for others to find information regarding many valuable resources in your language. Some of them might be native speakers of your language who are unaware of how to exchange knowledge online. Maybe these resources that you submit will be of use for them and they will be able to write a blog or tweet in your language.

3. How this resource page will benefit my language?

A: A language only grows when the native speakers use it widely. The Internet gives people the freedom to easily exchange knowledge. But not many native speakers are aware of the ways of accessing and sharing knowledge online. Our goal is to aggregate these resources for everyone—for the native speakers and others who might be researching on the language.

4. What if there is already a resource page on your site or elsewhere?

A: Please mention about the same while filling up the form. You can always check this link to see if our site has a resource page already. Mention about the same in the form so that we amend your submission to the existing page. We will attribute to all the authors/compilers in the same page.

More questions not answered above? Write to us!

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