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New generation of journalists learn on how to report on children in Georgia

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Rector of the the Ilia State University Gigi Tevzadze and UNICEF Representative Roeland Monasch after signing the Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the partnership on integrating the syllabus on 'Child Rights and Journalism Practice' into the teaching system.

New Child Rights Syllabus become part of the curriculum of schools of journalism  
TBILISI, Georgia - 7 December, 2010 - A new child rights syllabus is set to become part of journalism degree courses at four Georgian universities, ensuring future generations of journalists report responsibly and respectfully on children.

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 Childrens Rights and Journalism Practice for educating student journalists on childrens 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.
Three seminars with participation of university teachers were held during the year in Bucharest, in Dublin and in Tbilisi to discuss the details of integration of the curriculum into the learning programme. 

For further information, please contact:

Maya Kurtsikidze
Communication Officer
UNICEF Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 23 23 88, 25 11 30
Fax: (995 32) 25 12 36
Mob: (995 99) 53 30 71



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