11.05.2012 - UNESCO

UNESCO advances gender mainstreaming in journalism education in Morocco

Cover page of the Maghreb adaptation of UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education - © UNESCO

The UNESCO Office in Rabat will organize, in partnership with the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC), three-day training on gender mainstreaming in ISIC curriculum and management policies. The workshop will take place at the ISIC premises from 15 to 17 May 2012. Eight journalism lecturers and two managers will benefit from the training, which will be facilitated by Estelle Lebel, communication lecturer at the Laval University of Québec and author of the Maghreb adaptation of the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education; and Abdellatif Bensfia, communication lecturer at ISIC.

The training will help participants renew and adapt their own teaching programmes by integrating gender perspective into them. It is expected that, after the training, they could pilot their new gender-sensitive teaching programmes, thus contributing to the sustainable integration of the gender perspective into the ISIC teaching practices.

The Maghreb adaptation of the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education, recently launched by UNESCO, will be used as the main pedagogical resource at the workshop. This document is a practical tool conceived in order to generalize gender mainstreaming in journalism education in the Maghreb. It contains four modules explaining why and how gender-sensitive media training is essential for Maghreb countries to achieve their goals in terms of gender equality.

The training will be held within the framework of the IPCD project, Building the Educational Capacity of ISIC to Integrate Gender Perspectives in Journalism Curriculum, which was approved by the IPDC Bureau at its 55th meeting in March 2011.

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

The work of UNESCO’s Office in Rabat on gender mainstreaming in journalism education in Maghreb countries is one of the three fields of action covered by UNESCO’s 2010-2013 Programme to promote gender sensitive media content in the Maghreb countries. The major objective of this Programme is to raise awareness of media professionals, decision makers, managers of training institutions and civil society groups about the representation of women in Maghreb media, and to advance gender equality in the Maghreb countries.

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