Escaping The Information Trap- Are We Ready?

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution has brought about such unprecedented changes in every sphere of human activity that envisioning a world without ICT is impossible.  In the modern age, knowledge and information have increased in terms of quantity, accessibility and complexity. These changes in modern methods of information and communication brought new challenges for 21st century individuals in regards to making informed decisions regarding academics, employment, etc. as information is mostly unfiltered and not always verified. With such overload of fluid, complex information, easily available, regardless of national and international boundaries, modern-day individuals need to learn Information Literacy in order to verify the authenticity, validity and reliability of the information available for its effective use.

Yet, what exactly is information literacy?

According to the American Library Association, Information literacy is, “… a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.” Information literacy is a prerequisite for the creation of new knowledge, personal, vocational, corporate and organizational empowerment, participative citizenship and social inclusion. It is a lifelong learning lesson.

As the age of industrialization is being replaced by the age of information, countries worldwide are developing information literacy skills in citizens. In Bangladesh, the government is considering mainstreaming ICT as a pro-poor tool that can be used to eradicate poverty, establish good governance, ensure social equity through quality education, health services, law enforcement for all its citizens, etc. and to prepare communities for climate change.

The government has additionally placed high importance in promoting ICT literacy among the students by integrating ICT in all levels of education in the education policy 2010. ICT literacy may be a prerequisite for information literacy; however, the latter is a much broader category. Information literacy is an intellectual framework that is utilized to recognize the need for finding, evaluating, and using information which is supported by ICT literacy, critical thinking and reasoning. Further, information literacy incorporates the fluency and use of information and communications technology (ICT).

Finally, in order to adapt to the constantly changing facets of the modern world of tomorrow, the students should be informed and skilled in Information Literacy, the latter an integral area of all levels of formal education, from the primary to the tertiary level. Information Literacy should be woven into the content of all curricular activities rather than making it extraneous to curriculum. By doing so, students will have repeated opportunities for seeking, evaluating, managing and applying information gathered from different sources through different learning experiences across different subjects. Thus, through collaborative efforts of teachers, librarians, teachers’ trainers, curriculum designers, administrators as well as    policy-makers, information literacy can be incorporated across curricula.

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Ms. Sabira Sultana
Research Associate
Masters/Diploma in Educational Leadership & School Improvement
BRAC Institute of Educational Development
BRAC University

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