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7 août 2013

INFORMATION LITERACY

The United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as “the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand."
Other definitions incorporate aspects of "skepticism, judgment, free thinking, questioning, and understanding" or incorporate competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to possess to participate intelligently and actively in that society.

FSDS deploys many efforts to promote information literacy and to link this concept and its relationship to other skills and forms of literacy. Although other educational goals, including traditional literacy, computer literacy, library skills, and critical thinking skills, are related to information literacy and important foundations for its development, information literacy itself is emerging as a distinct skill set and a necessary key to one’s social and economic well-being in an increasingly complex information society.
In order to increase and maximize people’s contributions to a healthy, democratic and pluralistic society in order to main a prosperous and sustainable economy, governments and industries around the world are challenging education systems to focus people’s attention on literacy.
In Rwanda, because of the great focus on a supposed literacy crisis, it has caused some alarm in some educational sectors. Most of working-age Rwandans does not have the literacy skills they need to meet the ever-increasing demands of modern life.

On the behalf of FSDS, we think information literacy is an alternative solution for the today information and technologies challenges. These challenges are about what people often seem to lack. The way to analyze online content for information whereby that is often inaccurate called "crap detection." This process allows viewers to make sure that the information they are hoping to use is accurate and comes form a source that is both credible and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. There is information online that becomes problematic as inexperienced viewers tend to rely and utilize that information.