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Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is viewed as equipping teachers with enhanced knowledge to empower learners with the necessary competencies to participate fully in political, economic, and social life.

Kenyans Urge Government to Incorporate Media Education in New Curriculum

By Ogova Ondego
Published September 20, 2019

Kenyans Urge Government to Incorporate Media Education in New CurriculumPlayers in media, education, technology and development sectors have asked the Government of Kenya to include media and information literacy (MIL) in its new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) to jumpstart socio-economic development.

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The practitioners have further asked the Government to include digital literacy, critical thinking, global citizenship and life-long learning skills in the CBC being implemented in the country. MIL, they say, should be ‘mainstreamed in teacher training programmes and education curriculum’ to equip instructors with ‘more skills to implement the CBC curriculum in the classroom’.

Led by Centre for Media and Information Literacy in Kenya (CMIL-Kenya), the stakeholders converged at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in the capital, NairobiLed by Centre for Media and Information Literacy in Kenya (CMIL-Kenya), the stakeholders converged at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in the capital, Nairobi, to drum up support for media education for teachers on September 6, 2019.

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Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is viewed as equipping teachers with enhanced knowledge to empower learners with the necessary competencies to participate fully in political, economic, and social life.CMIL-Kenya, in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and KICD, has adapted the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for teachers to the country’s context out of the need for change in education approaches in the 21st century where the concept of literacy has expanded beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.

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According to the curriculum being adapted from UNESCO, MIL is viewed as equipping teachers with enhanced knowledge to empower learners with the necessary competencies to participate fully in political, economic, and social life.

The stakeholders, who said they had gone through the proposed MIL Curriculum for Teachers in Kenya and were satisfied that it is well conceived, recommended its adaptation and mainstreaming in the teacher training/education curriculum during the ongoing education reforms.Specifically, the MIL curriculum is aimed at equipping citizens with the knowledge and understanding of media and information for social participation and democratic discourses, evaluation of media texts and information sources, and production and consumption of media and information content.

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The stakeholders, who said they had gone through the proposed MIL Curriculum for Teachers in Kenya and were satisfied that it is well conceived, recommended its adaptation and mainstreaming in the teacher training/education curriculum during the ongoing education reforms.