International Youth Day

Tue, 12/08/2014

On International Youth Day, the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) reiterates its commitment to supporting children and youth in their efforts to engage in meaningful participation in our world which is driven by information, media and technology. 

Media and information literacy (MIL) is concerned with developing citizens’ critical understanding of information and media, as well as the roles these play in all aspects of their daily lives and in society as a whole. 

MIL is also concerned with supporting young people as they navigate the plethora of information and media messages that they encounter, and as they explore the potential positive and negative aspects of information and media content. 

This year's International Youth Day focuses on “Youth and Mental Health,” under the motto, “Mental Health Matters”.

MIL can be a catalyst for raising awareness about the difficulties facing young people, including such issues as cyber bullying and discrimination, and can help young people achieve their full potential.

The mental health of young people truly does matter, and we urge all MIL enthusiasts around the world to use the occasion of the International Youth Day to highlight the role of MIL in this regard.

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