According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alton Grizzle, with his colleague Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, both from UNESCO, will be speaking about:
Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept
Abstract: The presentation will outline the development of the concept of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) introduced by UNESCO few years and its integration into in a number of international, regional and country level projects and initiatives. UNESCO believes that traditional concept of literacy has been replaced by the concept that is a plural, dynamic and situational as well as closely linked to the ability of citizens both at individual and societal level to identify, understand, create, communicate and compute information. It is fundamental to ensure that all citizens have a key set of competencies – knowledge, skills and attitudes – needed to succeed throughout all stage of their life. The concept of the MIL is a part of UNESCO’s larger mandate to promote open, inclusive, pluralistic and participatory knowledge societies. In the first part of the presentation Alton Grizzle will introduce the recent work done by UNESCO in development of MIL Curriculum for Teachers published in 2011. In the second part of the presentation, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg will be speaking about the development of MIL indicators that would help to assess the MIL competencies at national level.
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Alton Grizzle, a happily married Christian, works at the UNESCO HQ in Paris as Programme Specialist in Communication and Information. He is co-manager of UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL). Alton has diverse education and experience in the fields of education, management, information systems and media and communication. He has conceptualized and spearheaded many projects in media development, communication for development and MIL. Prior to UNESCO, he was an educator/principal at secondary school and adult vocational training levels of the education systems in Jamaica for ten years.
He holds a Diploma in secondary education from the Mico University College where he majored in mathematics and music. He later pursued a Bachelors Degree with a double major in management and economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Masters of Science in Computer-based Management Information Systems at the UWI. Alton Grizzle is currently finalising a second Masters in media and communication – at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.