The International Media Literacy Festival has been conceived with a range of interconnected objectives aimed at empowering K-12 students with critical media literacy skills, fostering innovation, and promoting conscious global citizenship through creative media production. The festival's multifaceted objectives include:
1. Promote Media Literacy:
- Enhance students' ability to critically analyze and evaluate media messages across various platforms.
- Educate students about the influence of media on society, encouraging them to be discerning consumers of information.
2. Foster Creative Expression:
- Provide a platform for students to unleash their creativity and showcase their artistic talents through diverse media formats such as video, audio, and other innovative forms.
- Encourage students to explore novel ways of storytelling and self-expression through media.
3. Integrate STEAM Education:
- Emphasize the significance of interdisciplinary learning by incorporating elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in media projects.
- Promote the development of well-rounded skill sets that bridge the gap between creativity and technical proficiency.
4. Explore AI and Technology:
- Encourage students to experiment with and integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques into their media creations, fostering a deeper understanding of AI's potential and limitations.
- Inspire participants to leverage technology as a tool for innovative media production.
5. Raise Awareness about SDG's:
- Engage students with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and prompt them to create media content that advocates for, highlights, or proposes solutions to these global challenges.
- Cultivate a sense of responsibility towards addressing societal and environmental issues.
6. Encourage Conscious Global Citizenship:
- Provide a platform for students to engage in meaningful conversations about global issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and empathy.
- Enable participants to recognize their role as agents of change in a global context.
7. Celebrate Innovation:
- Recognize and celebrate students' innovative use of technology, AI, and creative concepts in media production.
- Inspire a culture of innovation, curiosity, and out-of-the-box thinking among young minds.
8. Enhance Digital and Ethical Literacy:
- Equip students with digital literacy skills necessary to navigate the digital landscape safely and responsibly.
- Promote ethical media production practices, including proper attribution, respect for copyright, and responsible use of AI technologies.
9. Facilitate Collaboration:
- Foster and stimulate collaboration among students, educators, professionals, and experts from diverse fields, creating a dynamic learning environment that encourages knowledge exchange and networking.
10. Empower Future Leaders:
- Empower students with the confidence, skills, and knowledge to become media-savvy leaders who can contribute positively to their communities and the world.
- Through the fulfillment of these objectives, the International Media Literacy Festival aims to not only enhance students' media literacy skills and creative capabilities but also inspire them to become informed, responsible, and proactive contributors to a media-rich global society.