New generation of journalists learn on how to report on children in Georgia
New Child Rights’ Syllabus become part of the curriculum of schools of journalism
Memorandum of Understanding between UNICEF and partner universities – the Ilia State University, the Tbilisi State University, the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and the University of Georgia – formalizing the partnership on integrating the syllabus has been signed at an official ceremony at the Ilia State University. The Heads of the participant Universities as well as representatives of UNICEF Georgia, the UNICEF Regional Office in Geneva, and the Dublin Institute of Technology attended the inauguration ceremony.
“UNICEF is closely working with Georgian media in enhancing child-friendly reporting”, said Roeland Monasch, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “Integrating the child rights’ syllabus in the schools of journalism in Georgia will help rising a new generation of journalists with a high sense of responsibility and professionalism. UNICEF will continue supporting universities in these efforts”, he added.
The syllabus called ‘Children’s Rights and Journalism Practice’ for educating student journalists on children’s rights has been developed by UNICEF Regional Office in Geneva with the support of the Dublin Institute of Technology. A pilot project was launched last year in Turkey, and now Georgia – along with other countries of the Central and Easter Europe and CIS –has joined it.
The syllabus consists of students’ manual and teachers’ guide. Its online learning programme is also under development. The syllabus has already been adapted and translated into Georgian, and after signing the memorandum it is due to go into force at four Georgian universities: Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University, Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, and the University of Georgia.
For further information, please contact:
Maya Kurtsikidze, Communication Officer, UNICEF Georgia