NYHET | 8 Sep 2017

Literacy in a Digital World

Friday the 8th of September 2017 is International Literacy Day, this year it’ll be celebrated under the theme of ‘Literacy in a Digital World’. In honour of the day we’re highlighting some of our recent publications focusing on media literacy in a digital world. 

International Literacy Day, declared by UNESCO in 1966, is celebrated on September 8th every year. This year’s theme is ‘Literacy in a Digital World’ and it will focus on what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digital mediated societies  and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides. 

On their website, UNESCO writes:

“Just as knowledge, skills and competencies evolve in the digital world, so does what it means to be literate. In order to close the literacy skills gap and reduce inequalities, this year’s International Literacy Day will highlight the challenges and opportunities in promoting literacy in the digital world”. 

At Nordicom, the International Clearinghouse of Children, Youth and Media has been working on promoting  media and information literacy for the past 20 years. This has been done through collaborations and networks, but also through publishing a number of yearbooks and other anthologies. In honour of the day, we’ve compiled a list of some recent publications focusing on (media) literacy in a digital world:


Opportunities for Media and Information Literacy in the Middle East and North Africa, Yearbook 2016

This yearbook fills a gap in the existing body of literature about the progress of media and information literacy work in different parts of the world. It is of particular interest to shed light on a region, the MENA region, where young citizens’ engagement with media has been in focus in news reporting all over the world in recent years and awareness of MIL competencies is gaining ground.



Reflections on Media Education Futures, Contributions to the Conference Media Education Futures in Tampere, Finland 2014

This publication has its origins in the International Conference “Media Education Futures” 2014 in Finland. The event gathered international researchers in the field, as well as national and international organizations and actors in European and global fields of media education. 



Agents and Voices, A Panorama of Media Education in Brazil, Portugal and Spain, 2014

In 2014 the Clearinghouse for the first time published a yearbook in Spanish and Portuguese. The anthology deals with common aspects in media education shared by the three countries despite cultural, economic and educational differences. Agents and Voices is a translation from its original languages; Spanish and Portuguese.



From 2013 to 2015, Nordicom’s International Clearinghouse published the MILID Yearbook on Media and Information Literacy in cooperation with UNESCO:


Learn more about Media and Information Literacy here 

Learn more about International Literacy Day and this year’s event on UNESCO’s website

Read some of our previous news focusing on MIL here