UNESCO’s MIL Award honours distinction and leadership in five areas: education, research, policy, advocacy, media, and information industries. Every year at the Global MIL Week feature conference, the MIL Alliance Awards are presented. It began in 2015, and 23 individuals and organisations from 18 countries have received awards since then.
For his work at Daastan, a social company that promotes media and information literacy in general, Syed Ommer Amer became the first person from Pakistan to earn this prestigious prize.
The organisation publishes books and hosts monthly thematic campaigns that employ storytelling to encourage intercultural discussion and peacemaking.
Many events have been held by the group, including a symposium on the mental wellbeing of Pakistani journalists, which was co-led by an independent researcher, Ms. Fatima Misbah. In conjunction with Stories to Action, a global platform seeking to distribute verifiable information for sexual and reproductive health rights in the context of Pakistan’s present health crisis, #WeToo – a short storey competition was also held.
LitEdTech Fiesta, COVID’19’s most recent event, included 50+ speakers in an interactive discussion series to explore the future of education through generating ideas, discovering market gaps, and debating local case studies on how education is changing and/or being affected.
Ommer was also a Commonwealth regional finalist earlier this year.