UNESCO supports media professionals in Rwanda to strengthen peace and democracy
UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) supported journalism in reporting on democracy, good governance, peace and information, through a two-day workshop held in Kigali on 23 and 24 August 2012.
The project is being carried out by ETOILE.COM in order to strengthen the Rwandan Peace and Democracy Journalists Network (RPDJN). It aims to build the professional capacity of journalists in Rwanda, and is being implemented in close cooperation with the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and the Great Lakes Media Centre (GLMC).
Based on UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education, NUR and GLMC are training 25 journalists on issues relating to democracy, good governance and peace. The course focused on the production of professional radio talk-shows, investigative journalism, and principles of democracy, good governance and peace-building.
The UNESCO Model Curricula will be adapted to the Rwanda context, and the modules will be used in future training programmes.
In the framework of the project, RPDJN will be equipped to create programmes on peace, democracy and good governance for distribution to various local media. RPDJN aims to produce and broadcast radio shows that promote participation of community members in the dialogue with elected representatives on public policies. Local new and print media are also targeted through reporting, production and publication of articles.
The implementing partner ETOILE.COM (Rwanda Agency for Editing, Research, Press and Communication) is a non-profit organization, created in 2004, headquartered in Kigali with a mission to promote ICT, peace-building, democracy and sustainable development.