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Course on child rights and journalism practice launched at UEM

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Officials from UNICEF and ECA at the opening of the course on child rights and journalism.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 8 August 2011 – The School of Communication and Arts (ECA) at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) launched the course 'Children’s Rights and Journalism Practice: A Rights-Based Perspective', which has been supported by UNICEF and developed in association with the Dublin Institute of Technology. The course aims to provide students of journalism with an understanding of human rights, child rights in particular, and equip them with reporting skills that consider and respect children’s rights in the media.

By supporting the introduction of a module as a core component of the curriculum in journalism, UNICEF hopes that students will be well prepared to assess the relevance and importance of child-friendly reporting. The course includes a focus on child-friendly editorial guidelines and codes of practice that will be important for the students once they become professional journalists. As part of the course, every Wednesday in August, UNICEF specialists will give lectures and lead discussions on selected topics.

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UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Mariana Muzzi gave the first lecture on the topic of violence against children.

The first session was held by Mariana Muzzi, Child Protection Specialist, on the prevention of violence and sexual abuse of children. The curriculum for the course, which was developed through a partnership between UNICEF and the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland, has been adapted to the Mozambican environment and legislation.

A preliminary course for professors, graduate students and journalists was held in Maputo in March this year. As part of the broader collaboration between UNICEF and ECA, UNICEF is providing equipment that will be used in the training of journalists. This equipment includes computers, printers, video cameras, photo cameras, digital recorders, and similar audio-visual items, such as books and bibliographic material.

For more information, please contact:

Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email:  

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email:



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