Banner Global MIL Week 2021

During Global Media & Information Literacy (MIL) Week, UNESCO and the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) invite global stakeholders to come together to discuss and celebrate progress achieved towards MIL for all.

Global MIL Week 2021 is hosted by South Africa and will take place from 24-31 October. Global MIL Week 2021 and the Feature Conference will centre on the theme: Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good.

Find out more: Get Into… Global MIL Week 2021


With this year’s focus on building MIL competencies for the public good, the involvement of libraries is especially relevant.

For library professionals, attending the Global MIL Week Feature Conference can help you find out more about the key discussions in MIL theory and practice, keep up to date on current challenges and approaches to MIL education, exchange good practice and get inspiration for new activities and ideas, advocate for the role of libraries in MIL education, and find out more about global (and local) stakeholders and projects that libraries can get involved in.

See the full programme here: Global MIL Week 2021 Feature Conference

Register here: Global MIL Week 2021 Event Registration

Get involved with a Side Event

Beyond attending the Conference, UNESCO and GAPMIL are inviting libraries around the world to get involved in Global MIL Week by holding side events. These events will be featured on the official UNESCO Global MIL Week website.

A side event can be any type of initiative that engages an audience with media and information literacy. Events are encouraged to be virtual and can be held at any time during the month of October.

For libraries, events might include:

  • Curating and sharing a selection of books, e-books, and children’s stories from your collection on topics related to MIL
  • Compiling educational resources into an online resource on MIL
  • Hosting a virtual event (live or pre-recorded) such as a webinar, panel discussion, quiz, or story-time
  • Engaging with your community on social media with a post raising awareness on MIL

Check out IFLA’s Get Into… Global MIL Week 2021 guide for low/no-cost side events that can help libraries plan an event to be featured on the Global MIL Week Map.

If you are planning an event, be sure to register it here: Global MIL Week 2021 Around the World

Get in touch with IFLA to let us know that you would like to plan a side event. We are ready to support you.

Email: for more information.