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Inception Workshop: Digital, Media and Information Literacy Skills Framework

The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) in collaboration with UNESCO, the Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM) and the Slashroots Foundation, hosted an Inception Workshop on March 18, 2021 seeking to shape the development of a Digital, Media and Information Literacy Framework and National Policy for Jamaica.

MSBM is the lead partner in this Project to prepare a national policy framework on digital, media and information literacy for Jamaica, with the request to prepare this policy coming from the BCJ, the national media regulator, and UNESCO, which has taken a lead role globally in promoting media and information literacy. Among other outputs, this Project is intended to produce a competency model that recruiters can use to assess the digital, media and information literacy of potential staff members, and that training departments and educational institutions at all levels can use to develop these competences in their staff and students. To ensure the policy framework is firmly grounded in the local context, MSBM and its non-profit collaborator, the Slashroots Foundation, is working with a wide range of partners from industry, civil society, the Government of Jamaica and academia. Participants in the Inception Workshop included representatives of JAMPRO, Mico University College, the Ministry of Education, the National Library of Jamaica, the Institute for Caribbean Studies (UWI, Mona), the Department of Computing (UWI, Mona), the Campus Library (UWI, Mona) and UNICEF.

This sponsored research Project is led by MSBM staff members, Dr. Maurice McNaughton, Director, Centre of Excellence (Principal Investigator) and Craig Perue, Senior Consultant (Lead Researcher).

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