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UNICEF Supports Training on Children's Rights in Journalism

© UNICEF Mozambique / A. Drivdal
Dr. Lidia Maropo, leader of the seminar, interacting with the participants.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 4 March 2011 – On March 1 and 2, the School of Communication and Arts (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane), in collaboration with UNICEF and with technical support from the Dublin Institute of Technology, conducted a well-attended seminar on child rights in journalism for academics and media professionals. The goal of the seminar was to prepare for the introduction and integration of a new UNICEF child rights syllabus into the school’s journalist degree courses.

The training seminar was conducted by Dr. Lidia Maropo, a researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. In addition to a group of professors from the school, who will eventually teach the course to students, the seminar was also attended by leading media practitioners from TV, radio and print media.

The School of Communication and Arts has already established an academic committee to incorporate the course into all its journalism training and has assigned the professors who will teach the course. The course is included in the academic plan for the second semester, which starts in August.

© UNICEF Mozambique / A. Drivdal
Participants in the UNICEF-sponsored seminar on child rights and journalism, which took place in Maputo on March 1 and 2. The course was facilitated by Lidia Maropo (far right).

In his closing remarks, the Director of the School, Dr. Nataniel Ngomane, spoke of the forthcoming course on child rights as a cornerstone in the future education of journalists in Mozambique and mentioned that the school will also implement a module on gender, with support from UN Women. The course facilitator, Dr. Lidia Maropo, who has extensive experience in the area of child rights and journalism from Brazil and Portugal, will give a lecture, open to all students, on the topic at UEM today. In connection with the seminar, she has also visited other UNICEF partners to promote the child rights perspective on journalism.

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