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Knowledge Societies

"Upholding cultural identity and diversity, democratic freedoms and full access to information is a key issue for the information and knowledge society of the 21st century. The participation of civil society is a precondition for the sustainable observance of human rights."
(Prof. Dr. Verena Metze-Mangold, President of the German Commission for UNESCO)

Knowledge societies can only be built if people acquire the skills to use the new technology meaningfully and with a sense of responsibility. Teaching information literacy is a precondition for this. The flood of information on the internet makes clear how important it is to be able to find the information you need, evaluate it critically, check it for usefulness and pass it on. An important component of this is media competence.

The promotion of information and media literacy is a significant task at all levels of education. Thus, the German Commission for UNESCO supports innovative projects helping children, parents and teachers to use the internet safely and responsibly

Information literacy includes media competence – the ability to deal with media independently and critically, especially on the internet.

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