Media Professionals from E-9 Countries Trained in Reporting on Education for All
Nineteen journalism trainers/journalists from E-9 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan) gathered in New Delhi to take part in a four-day UNESCO Training of Trainers workshop on investigating, writing and reporting on the goals of Education For All (EFA). The workshop was hosted by the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
The workshop, led by David Mould, Professor of Telecommunications at Ohio University (USA), took a rights-based approach, and focused on the role education can play in development - from alleviating poverty and improving public health to empowering women and minority groups.
Participants examined the overall goals of EFA, analyzed education statistics, systems, policies and budgets, and explored creative, participatory ways in which media can be used to improve education and life skills.
Working in teams, they analyzed progress towards EFA goals in a series of countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Iran and Panama. Each team selected a development problem common to their countries - from population control to corruption, nutrition and hygiene in rural areas, gender discrimination and unemployment - and suggested how education can be used to address it.
The workshop featured presentations from a panel of New Delhi-based expert including Usha Reddi, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, Commonwealth of Learning, R. Govinda, Head of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, and Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of the Global Campaign for Education.
A comprehensive evaluation of UNESCO's EFA resource and training kit " Education Makes News" was carried out with the help of participants and trainers.
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