Tribhuvan University to use UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education
In an effort to improve the level of journalism training in Nepal, the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Tribhuvan University will introduce the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education shortly for the first time in Nepal. The department that provides journalism and mass communication education since 1976 has now started the implementation of UNESCO project “Institution Capacity Building of Tribhuvan University” with funding from the Organization’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
One of the main elements of the project is the review the current curricula for bachelor and master levels and their revision according to the model curricula. The project foresees also the preparation of a new text book, training of trainers for its use and the creation of a resource center.
Through improving conditions for quality training for the students of journalism, the project will contribute to building the new generation of journalists who can contribute to strengthen media’s role in Nepal’s peace and development process.
The primary target group of the project are the faculty members of the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. But faculty members of other universities offering training in journalism will also benefit from the project through training and networking activities and through the setting-up of the national journalism education resource centre.
The UNESCO Model Curricula on Journalism Education offer a framework for a comprehensive journalism education that can be adapted to specific needs. It takes into account social, economic, political and cultural contexts of developing countries highlighting connections between journalism, development and democratic discourse.
UNESCO’s 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.
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