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6. Education and Training

6.8 Media literacy and safe use of new media

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  1. National strategy
  2. Media literacy and online safety through formal education
  3. Promoting media literacy and online safety through non-formal and informal learning
  4. Raising awareness about the risks posed by new media

National strategy

The national strategy on media and information literacy (MIL) does not exist; however the concept of MIL is included into education policy documents: the Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education (these are national guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science on skills and competences for secondary schools) have media literacy integrated. The concept and content of MIL are planned to be fully included in the curricula regulating documents (primary, basic and secondary education standards, educational plans and common programmes) by 2020.

Media literacy and online safety through formal education

The Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education are supplemented by methodological help (books, guidelines, lesson plans) for teaching media literacy at secondary schools (all grades) and in non-formal or informal education. This methodological help was the result of the project of Critical Thinking and Media Literacy implemented nationally by Education Development Centre together with Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and Ministry of Education and Science and project partners: Nordic information Centre for Media and Communication Research NORDICOMSwedish Media Council, universities and other national actors in the field of media literacy education. This project aimed to create a platform for a dialogue and cooperation among Lithuanian stakeholders and their Nordic counterparts and to create systemic preconditions for development of media and information literacy education based on the best Nordic experiences in integrating MIL into general and non-formal education. 

All in all 15 MIL workshops organized for about 600 teachers. MIL was included into agenda of other events, organized by Education Development Centre, attended by 150 teachers; MIL tools were presented to the public during the biggest annual event for schools – Exhibition/Fair ”School”. Recommendations for the Ministry of Education and Science on MIL education in schools and school cooperation with the social partners (NGOs, libraries etc.) have been prepared. The Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education has been supplemented with MIL competencies and in cooperation with participating schools, description of pupils’ achievements  have been prepared and tested in schools. Special methodological material, based on the identified needs within MIL education, organizing innovative forms of competence building, using the best examples of the Nordic countries is available. 

Promoting media literacy and online safety through non-formal and informal learning

The Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education are supplemented by methodological help (books, guidelines, lesson plans) for teaching media literacy at secondary schools (all grades) and in non-formal or informal education. This methodological help was the result of the project of Critical Thinking and Media Literacy implemented nationally by Education Development Centre together with Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and Ministry of Education and Science and project partners: Nordic information Centre for Media and Communication Research NORDICOMSwedish Media Council, universities and other national actors in the field of media literacy education (see section above: Media literacy and online safety through formal education).

Raising awareness about the risks posed by new media

As the the result of the project of Critical Thinking and Media Literacy implemented nationally public awareness was raised by promoting the concept of MIL among teachers, students and other stakeholders in the field of education as the concept of MIL in Lithuania is still not so widespread. The methodological help (books, guidelines, lesson plans) for teaching media literacy at secondary schools (all grades) and in non-formal or informal education are available.