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Reporting and communicating children's rights and issues in Rwanda - a training module

Reporting and communicating children's rights and issues in Rwanda - a training module

Author: UNICEF Rwanda and Media High Council
Price: Free
No. of pages: 71
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: UNICEF Rwanda and Media High Council
Languages: English

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To mainstream children right's issues in the Rwandan media, UNICEF Rwanda and the Media High Council (MHC) have developed this module as a resource for trainers in journalism and communication schools and within institutions of higher learning. This module is comprehensive and is geared towards developing the capacities of journalism trainees to effectively cover and report on issues related to children, taking into consideration the social context of Rwanda. This module is a follow-up to the national media trainings conducted in 2014 and 2015, which focused on the ethical reporting of children's issues.

Journalists have a responsibility to advance children's rights across all media platforms. Therefore, special training and education is necessary for journalists to establish proper methodology for reporting on these issues. Since matters related to children are sensitive, owing primarily to their vulnerability as minors, effective coverage requires specific skills, and journalists need to proceed responsibly and ethically. UNICEF maintains that education on children's rights needs to be broadly understood, far beyond the subject of a lesson plan.

In addition to guidelines on specialized reporting, this module provides an overview on the media's role in society and how media systems operate. This overview is meant to contextualize existing coverage of children's issues and how improvements can be made. Competent reporting on children's rights requires background knowledge of prevailing institutional mechanisms to ensure that children's rights are not violated. This module therefore includes information on the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as tips on how media can empower both children and adults to take action and put children's rights into practice. This module also aims to raise the standards of reporting on children's rights issues in Rwanda.

It aims to contribute towards putting children's rights issues high on the media's agenda, which should translate into a qualitative and quantitative increase in media coverage of children's issues, thereby giving them a voice and a platform to be heard.

The module can be used in a flexible manner to suit the objectives of the facilitator and the needs of the trainees. As this is intended to be part of existing journalism curricula, trainers should use their own discretion to choose the aspects of the module they deem relevant . 



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