Strengthening media, information and digital citizenship literacy

MIL has a fundamental dimension for building a civic culture and knowledge, giving students the ability to recognize the responsible use of digital technology, to call a critical mind in an intelligent way. , to understand and interpret information flows, identify knowledge and belief, information and error. information.

Consistent with the conclusions of the Estates General of Digital organized in 2020 and following the report of the group of experts, formed after the assassination of Samuel Paty, on “strengthening EMI and digital citizenship” submitted on 1 July 2021; Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, today announced a number of measures aimed at strengthening EMI.

A circular relating to the generalization of MIL within the education system specifies:

  • The appointment of each academy to an EMI referent placed under the authority of the rectors;
  • Making each academy an EMI unit that promotes policy for 1st and 2nd degrees;
  • Strengthen the resources allocated by CLEMI academic coordinators;
  • Dissemination of an EMI reference vademecum aimed at school teachers and educators of all disciplines, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture;
  • Distribution of a vade mecum for the implementation of web radio projects in establishments, especially in college.

To restore this EMI consolidation plan, a plan for the deployment of web radios in colleges was actually launched as part of the policy in favor of college media productions, based on practices. to librarian teachers and teachers from all over. the disciplinary areas involved in these MIL projects.

Launched as a priority within the framework of the new Educational Digital Territories (TNE) system, this national deployment plan was made in partnership with Arcom (French public authority for the regulation of audiovisual and digital communications), Radio France, Sirti (Syndicate independent radio stations), the CNRA (national confederation of associative radio stations), the SNRL (national union of free radio stations), with the support of Réseau Canopé and CLEMI.

These steps are part of two contexts:

  • The transformation of our societies through digital, the question of production and access to reliable information has emerged in an important way due to the widespread creation of information flows and their immediate availability. distribution on a planetary scale, without adequate regulation and often inconsistent with the rights of States. ;
  • The need to prevent misuse, illegal use, with a view to prevention, and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital media in terms of information.

They also sought to address some of the conclusions of the commission’s report “The Enlightenment in the digital age”, submitted on January 11, 2022 by the President of the Republic, and recommended the development of critical thinking and EMI a good national cause of. :

  • Systematize critical thinking and MIL training around the school, for students from elementary and through to post-secondary and for teachers in pre- and post-secondary training;
  • Significantly strengthening the network of academic referents and coordinators in these areas and raising awareness of school authorities on MIL issues;
  • Promote training in critical thinking and EMI in civil society, in territorial and urban education projects, and in fellowship schemes, from young civic service volunteers to retirees and in continuing education.

Finally, in the context of France’s leadership of the Council of the European Union (PFUE), these actions regarding the recommendation aimed at promoting and advancing digital citizenship education were adopted on November 21, 2019 and made it a priority for government, through ministers in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.

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