To sign the charter and participate you must be registered on the site.
The aims of the Charter are
The Charter has been developed out of an initiative/idea of the UK Film Council and the BFI by a Steering Group representing major institutions in a limited number of countries, who have each committed to ensuring support for Steering Group meeting costs for an initial three year period (2005 - 2008). They have also each committed to promoting the Charter within their own nations, and to spreading awareness of the Charter across Europe. The Steering Group members are all people with substantial experience of media literacy provision, development and advocacy, but they do not claim that their expertise is superior to others. They play a facilitating rather than a leadership role.
The Steering Group nations, institutions and their representatives are:
The Charter does not aim to create a membership organization, which would require an expensive bureaucracy and would be dependent on time-limited funding or substantial membership fees. It is not, therefore, a manifesto or a constitution. The idea of the Charter is similar to other charters and declarations, for example on human rights.
Any organization or individual who supports the principles expressed in the Charter can sign it and publish their contact details on the Charter website. Organizations who directly undertake media education activities should additionally sign clauses 5 and 6, which are specifically for providers. Providers are encouraged to publish their Action Plans for Media Literacy on the website, thus enabling and encouraging dialogue and partnerships.
The Charter can have three kinds of signatory, as follows:
By 2007-2008 it is anticipated that growing interest in the Charter will necessitate a review of its governance.
It is however the view of the current Steering Group that governance should be as minimal as possible to avoid expensive, unwieldy or counter-productive coordination model. The Steering Group's general secretary will act as point of contact (Patrick Verniers: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Steering Group is not intended to be representative of nations, institutions or sectors. The Charter depends entirely on the voluntary commitment of signatories, whose numbers will grow according to the efforts made by national and sectoral agencies who see the Charter as a good means of raising the profile of media literacy and strengthening national and international networks.
The International Version of the Charter is in English. Institutions who want to take on the task of promoting the Charter at national levels should first of all register with this site. They can then translate the Charter into the appropriate language, and submit this to the website, where a new national page will be created for it, including contact details for the institution concerned. Translations should keep as close as possible to the original spirit of the International Version, but making minor semantic changes where necessary. It will defeat the concept of the Charter if substantially different versions are put into circulation. Anyone wishing to challenge the quality of a translation should do so either through this website's discussion forum or direct to the institution that provided the translation.Send your translation to the webmaster here