Chapter 6 Merging Media and Information Literacy and Human Rights Education

A Powerful Amalgam for Today’s Radical Democracy

In: Education for Democracy 2.0
Sandra L. Cuervo Sanchez
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Tania Goitandia Moore
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Technological advances have improved our lives but have also contributed to inequalities in contemporary societies. In a world increasingly defined by cyberculture, social representations are constructed and shaped through myriad media and communication channels and networks. Access to technology allows people to create, manage, and track diverse relations at the local and global levels. However, a world of universal justice remains a promise not yet delivered and there is ample evidence of discrimination and human rights violations throughout normative democracies. Having access to information and knowledge is not enough. There is an increasing need to work towards the development of capabilities for critical thinking and awareness of social justice amongst citizens. The way to do so is by merging together Media and Information literacy and Human Rights Education. This merger is a key tool for combating discrimination and human rights violations. Both methods of education share a common goal, developing empowerment and emancipation through critical thinking and empathy, in a quest to develop peace and social justice. This chapter will attempt to show how the merger of Media and Information Literacy and Human Rights Education becomes a powerful tool for today’s democracy and global citizenship. Links between Media and Information Literacy and Human Rights Education will be presented to inspire professional practice in formal and informal contexts, especially in relation to the promotion of critical teaching and learning capable of transforming the realities of students, educators and communities.

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