Experts and parliamentarians from Latvia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine shared their experience of the media literacy process in these countries and discussed key issues affecting the field. The discussions took place in the context of the launch of the study “Comprehensive Approach and Advancing Media Literacy in Georgia, Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine” on December 10 by the Baltic Center for Media Excellence.
The IJC is CBEM’s partner in this project.
At the conference, researcher Solvita Denisa-Liepniece from the Baltic Center for Media Excellence, co-author of the study, spoke about the most important findings of the project. In her opinion, media literacy needs to be introduced into the formal learning process.
Arvils Ašerādens, Chairman of the Latvian Parliament’s Committee on Education, Culture and Science, presented research data showing changes in information consumer behavior. Society’s demand for the quality of information provided has increased and in this context the role of media literacy has also increased.
Her counterpart in the Georgian parliament, the chair of the Education and Science Committee, Shalva Papuashvili, spoke about the importance of digital literacy on the one hand, and media literacy for those who create media content, including in terms of ethics, on the other.
Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei, head of the parliamentary committee for media in Moldova, said that one of the major problems in implementing media literacy is to provide this course in all educational institutions in the country, including among ethnic minorities.
And their colleague in the Ukrainian legislature, Mikita Poturaiev, chair of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy, called for the introduction of media literacy in pre-school education.
It is recalled that the challenges of media literacy in the Republic of Moldova have been previously analysed in the study “Comprehensive approach and advancement of media literacy in Moldova.” The author of the research, Angela Vacaru, argued then that it is necessary to identify an institution responsible for the field of media literacy, as well as to take over good practices from countries with a similar profile to Moldova.