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Mozambique, 22 August 2016: 2016 seminars on children’s rights and journalism practice launched

On 10 August 2016, the School of Communication and Arts (ECA) at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) launched the 2016 series of seminars to complement the module '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 (DIT).

In 2016, a series of seminars to complement the module 'Children’s Rights and Journalism Practice: A Rights-Based Perspective' were launched. The first session was held by UNICEF Communication Specialist Cate Heinrich, on “children’s rights in journalism”.

MAPUTO, Mozambique – On 10 August 2016, the School of Communication and Arts (ECA) at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) launched the 2016 series of seminars to complement the module '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 (DIT).

The module 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 module 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, UNICEF specialists will give lectures and lead discussions on selected topics. The first session was held by UNICEF Communication Specialist Cate Heinrich, on “children’s rights in journalism”. The two-hour session was followed by an interactive and lively questions and answers session in which particular interest was shown in UNICEF’s programmatic priorities; abuse and sexual violence against children, in particular girl child; quality education; use of image of children portraying case of violence and abuse, et al.

The seminars on child rights and journalism covers a range of topics relevant to children and the media. Over a series of weekly sessions (see below), different programme sections at UNICEF and partners within government ministries, other UN agencies and beyond will be giving lectures to journalism students in their areas of expertise.

The curriculum for the course, which was developed through a partnership between UNICEF and DIT 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 February 2011.

As part of the broader collaboration between UNICEF and ECA, UNICEF had provided equipment that is being used in the training of journalists. This equipment includes computers, printers, video cameras, photo cameras, digital recorders, and related items, such as books and bibliographic material.

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +258 21 481 100
email: cfauvrelle@unicef.org

 

 
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