25.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Workshop on Role of Journalists and Media on Education in Federalism Organized

© UNESCO -Inauguration of the workshop

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu along with the Education Journalists Network (EJON) organized this morning a workshop on “The role of journalists and media on promoting effective delivery of education in a future federal state”. The programme was a component of the UNESCO/UNPFN project “Planning effective delivery of education in a future federal state”.

The workshop, which gathered 45 participants, was aimed at sensitizing journalists on the issue of education and federalism, building a sense of ownership on the issue, identifying challenges faced by journalists to report on the issue.

Welcoming the participants, Head of UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and UNESCO Representative to Nepal, Axel Plathe said “The construction of the education system in a federal Nepal that can cater for the needs of all learners and that is capable to support the peace process requires a strong, inclusive constitution, political consensus and commitment, an able administration and active participation of all stakeholders.”

“Last week, Constituent Assembly elections were conducted for the second time. Now, we hope that the elected lawmakers will soon come together to agree on Nepal’s new constitution. This creates a new dynamic in the debates on the best model of education in the future federal state,” he added. He invited the media to contribute to create the level of awareness and knowledge that is needed to competently debate on education and federalism.

Mahashram Sharma, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Education said “There are many small issues related to education that needs to be addressed in the future federal state. It requires the collective efforts of all to accomplish this challenge.” He also said that it was the right time that media begin dialogue on the structure of education in the future federal state.

Tek NarayanPandey, Director of the Department of Education said “We need to learn from the past and initiate now a debate to establish a best suited education model for the future federal state.” He said that it was necessary that all education stakeholders including media start discourse with the newly elected CA members on the education model in the future federal state.

Tap Raj Pant, National Programme Officer (Education) at UNESCO Office in Kathmandu presented the UNESCO/UNPFN project with its main aim to provide alternative models to the government and strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Education. “We will be working closely with the media at national and local levels to build their capacity on fostering <a name="_GoBack"></a>the discourse on education and federalism,” he said.

In the programme, Bidhya Nath Koirala presented a paper on Education and Federalism while Ram Krishna Regmi presented a paper on Federalism and Role of Media. They both responded to the questions from the participants.

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