Platform Media Literacy+ is a response to one of the challenges discussed during the first roundtable on media literacy organized by the Council for Media Services in October 2022, on the occasion of Global Media and Information Literacy Week. Representatives of organizations and institutions dedicated to this issue expressed that "several organizations address the same topics, many are unaware of each other, and there is a lack of collaboration. There is a need for a unified initiative/platform that would encompass such projects."
Based on this need, the Council for Media Services took on the role of organizer and coordinator of regular meetings aimed primarily at exchanging information and fostering collaboration. Representatives of various organizations and institutions, as well as experts engaged in the promotion of media literacy activities, expressed their interest in being part of a platform whose goal would be the development of media literacy in Slovakia. During regular meetings, the stakeholders formulated a document defining the mission, values, goals, and membership requirements for prospective platform participants.
The mission of the platform:
The mission of the platform is to create a constructive environment for organizations, institutions, as well as experts active in the field of media literacy in Slovakia, with the aim of emphasizing the need and necessity of media literacy development for all age groups of the population.
The platform is based on the principles of participation, mutual cooperation, a proactive approach, and transparent communication among individual actors, with a vision to create systemic conditions for enhancing media literacy in terms of legislation, prevention, upbringing, education, and funding.
Goals of the platform:
- Establishing a constructive environment for organizations, institutions, as well as experts active in the field of media literacy to facilitate the mutual exchange of experiences and information about their activities.
- Being a collective voice in communicating media literacy topics and emphasizing its importance to both professionals and the general public.
- Contributing to the development and improvement of media literacy across all age groups of the population through active engagement.
Membership in the platform:
Membership in the Platform Media Literacy+ is open to organizations, institutions, as well as experts active in the field of media literacy in Slovakia. Membership is free of charge.
Detailed information about platform membership and members can be found here.