The latest annual report of the European Union on Serbia’s progress towards membership in the European Union recognizes the commitment of the Ministry of Culture and Information to improve media literacy through the development of recommendations and guidelines for improving and developing media literacy in pre-university education.
The Ministry of Culture and Information has been working for years on the development and improvement of this area through the creation of media literacy policies, intensification of cooperation with international development partners, through programming and implementation of projects in the field of information and media. In 2018, the Ministry also initiated the networking of the main actors in the field of media and information literacy through the format of donor coordination meetings, at which the great need for embedding media literacy in the formal education system was mapped.
The EU project “Support to Media Reforms” from 2018 supports the Ministry in the systematic introduction of media literacy in pre-university education and the development of the Manual for Media Literacy for educators, teachers and professional associates. The manual, which will be published in November, has its own digital portal, as well as a digital didactic tool. At the same time, the Ministry, in cooperation with the EU Info Center, launched a series of webinars that follow the topics from the manual and are intended for parents and teachers entitled “Digital immunity – from digital soother to digital rebel” deals with educating parents of children from kindergarden to high school.
The Ministry of Culture and Information will continue to work diligently with all international partners to implement activities that raise public awareness and strengthen citizens’ capacities in the field of media literacy, and will mark UNESCO’s Global Media Literacy Week at the end of October.