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UNESCO contributes to Kenya’s Digital Literacy Programme by capacitating primary school teachers

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The Digital Literacy Programme is Kenya’s national ICT program that aims to improve learning and build 21st century skills among primary school students through the use of digital technologies in education. Through the Digital Literacy Programme, it is expected that all 22,000 public primary schools in Kenya will be equipped with 1.2 million digital devices by the end of 2017.

Successful implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme will depend upon the capacity of primary school teachers and education managers to fully harness the power of technology to enhance student learning. Therefore, in light of the Framework Agreement signed by the Government of Kenya and UNESCO on cooperation in the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme, UNESCO will assist the Ministry of Education in developing capacities of over 22,000 teachers and 22,000 head teachers in all public primary schools, 1,000 field officers, as well as fostering the use of accessible ICTs in Kenya.

The KICT-CFT online course has been developed and piloted nationwide in two groups of selected teachers. The second cohort of 59 teachers drawn from 47 counties received face-to-face and online trainings from January to May 2016. From the feedback gathered, they felt the course was relevant and beneficial to their professional development. They also expressed the importance of online facilitators for coordinating remote collaboration among the cohort.

“The teachers really appreciated the course, up to the end,” said Aggrey O. Joab, one of the online facilitators from KICD, “The cohort’s online chat platform is still vibrant even after the course came to an end.”

At the workshop, online facilitators, content developers and technical experts made revisions in the course materials and facilitator guide according to teachers’ feedback. A strategic plan was also developed to guide implementation of the DLP at the next stage.  The workshop brought together partners from the Ministry of Education, Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI), National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre (NI3C) and Airtel Kenya.

Ivy O. Maina, course administrator from TSC, commented that the workshop was “very useful and particularly helpful for the online facilitators to better understand the course.”

The  ‘ICT CFT Harnessing OER’ project , implemented by the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO,  aims to harness OER for the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to contribute to national educational goals for building Knowledge Societies.  This project, launched in 2013, and implemented in 3 world regions, aims to harness OER for the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to contribute to national educational goals for building Knowledge Societies.   It support the objective of the CI Sector as mandated by UNESCO Member States at the 38th UNESCO General Conference to have advanced Universal access to information through Open Solutions, and namely to support teachers in effectively harnessing ICT in their professional Practice to promote quality learning environments.

Building capacity of indigenous journalists in Thailand and Cambodia to advance indigenous peoples’ rights

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The two basic journalism trainings were organized in July and September 2015 in Surin Province in Thailand and in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. During those trainings, the participants were introduced to journalism and communication, to the role and responsibilities of journalists and to a methodology on how to make and structure a story.

Ms Nittaya Mee, a founding member of the Indigenous Media Network (IMN) in Thailand who benefited from the training, said: “the journalism training conducted in Surin province in Thailand enabled the organization to expand its membership and to create a pool of indigenous journalists making the network’s presence more visible in the Northeast region of Thailand.” She also added that this visibility will be increased with the establishment of the website imnvoices.com, because through this tool the trainees can share stories from their own communities to a wider public. 

She mentioned that the training was also helpful for the local indigenous communities because some of the trainees were able to immediately apply their skills and produce reports and stories relevant to their communities. Five participants from the training reported also to the second assembly of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Thailand (CIPT) which has now 190 members with five representatives from each of the 37 indigenous groups across Thailand, established to promote the rights of indigenous peoples in Thailand.

Mr Samin Ngach, an indigenous activist from Cambodia, also reported that the basic journalism training conducted in Phnom Penh enhanced the skills of indigenous media professionals and fostered closer collaboration between indigenous media professionals and other indigenous peoples’ organizations.

The IPDC project also enabled AIPP and its members, through the organization of public fora and dialogues, to bring together different stakeholders, including government officials and leaders of the indigenous communities in each country, to raise public awareness about the rights of indigenous peoples and to advocate for a more inclusive policy.

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.

Director-General deplores death of Syrian journalist Khalid Al Issa in Turkey

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“I condemn this act of violence which led to Khalid Al Issa’s death,” the Director-General said. “The work and commitment of media professionals as purveyors of accurate information is essential in all societies, and especially those facing conflict. Without information, no progress can be made. I remind all parties to observe the civilian status of journalists and their right to exercise their profession as prescribed by the Geneva Conventions.”

Khalid Al Issa, seriously injured on 16 June after a homemade bomb was detonated in the building where he lived, succumbed to his wounds in a hospital in the city of Antakya, Turkey.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

 

Simultaneous bottom-up and top-down approach needed to expand media and information literacy

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“We need both a bottom up and top down approach for MIL,” said Carolyn Wilson from Western University, Canada, and the Chair of GAPMIL Interim International Steering Committee. “That means highlighting grassroots activities in order to convince policy makers that MIL is really significant.” Ms Wilson underlined the need to highlight that literacies should not be developed just for the sake of developing them, but because of what is to be gained from MIL skills.

The Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO II) is organized by UNESCO, the European Commission, the Latvian Government and the Sub-Chapter of the GAPMIL, under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Europe: Citizens’ Critical Competencies for a Rights-Based, Transparent, Open, Secure and Inclusive Information Environment”. It takes place from 27 to 29 June 2016, in Riga, Latvia.

The conference has surfaced that many stakeholders and institutions worldwide are implementing MIL-related activities of different scope and impact. Nevertheless, only a handful have national MIL-related policies and comprehensive strategies to implement them.

MIL that is understandable for everyone

Igor Kanizaj, Vice-dean for science and international cooperation at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, Croatia pointed out several entry points for MIL actions.

“Academia is expected to initiate new alliances, and journalists should be included in the projects. Cooperation with private sector (ICTs) should be initiated and regulatory bodies motivated for MIL.

“At the same time that curricula should be changed, there should also be educational projects developed for parents,” said Mr Kanizaj. 

The need for MIL competencies for participative democracy has been echoed throughout all Plenary sessions and round tables. Divina Frau-Meigs, representative of the GAPMIL European Sub-Chapter and professor at University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, pointed out that MIL competencies, policies and strategies should be developed in a concrete way that is comprehensible for everyone and which takes into consideration that intergenerational dialogue that will be crucial for Europe, a region with a significant aging population.

 Too often we assume that only young people are the vulnerable ones. We forget that there are other important audiences for media literacies,” said Ms Wilson, suggesting the need to go beyond formal education. “MIL should be promoted through libraries and community centres, so all age groups can be involved,” she added.

Inspiring projects in Europe

Speakers of the Forum shared many inspiring examples of projects all over the Europe. Film clubs in the UK have grown from a pilot of 25 schools to 7000 participating schools. “Attending a film club regularly has improved children’s confidence, motivation to learn and literacy, as well as their communication and critical skills,” said Mark Higham, cultural educator from Film Literacy Europe. 

The experience and an experiment from the Latvia Safer Internet Centre shows that young people are deeply unaware of privacy issues on the internet. However, the Centre has started dealing with this problem through the development of textbooks for children on MIL, which have been widely used in Latvian primary schools and gained nationwide popularity.

What about media ethics?

In building trust in media and its content, Dr. Xavier Landes, an expert in media ethics from the University of Copenhagen, raised the importance of good manners.

“In order to build trust in the public, good manners are essential, even though often seen as trivial by professionals and not too serious by ethicists. However, professionals and commentators too often downplay the importance of media manners. Professional ethics is about codes, and codes are definitely important. But manners go beyond that. They are about personal ethics,” Dr. Landes said.

GAPMIL calls for an internationally-recognized Global MIL Week

The call for a global special focus on MIL was made at the conference by GAPMIL, an alliance of over 500 organizations and individuals who are actively involved in different actions connected to MIL. The Alliance was initiated by UNESCO.

GAPMIL has launched an international petition for an internationally recognized Global MIL Week. The proposal can be supported at: https://www.change.org/p/support-call-for-an-internationally-recognized-global-media-and-information-literacy-week.

UNESCO champions freedom of expression with the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay

News - mer, 29/06/2016 - 21:36

The agreement with the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay was signed by the UNESCO Director-General and the President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay, Mr Ricardo C. Pérez Manrique, in the presence of other high-level authorities from the judicial branch.

This agreement confirms the determination of the Supreme Court of Justice and UNESCO to deepen their cooperation on issues that are vital for vibrant democracy, open societies and more inclusive and sustainable development across the region. At a time of deep social transformations, defending freedom of expression plays an essential part in advancing human rights and dignity and in strengthening the grounds for social cohesion and more lasting peace.

“Independent judicial systems are fundamental pillars to guaranteeing freedom of expression and transparency in all democracies,” said the Director-General. “ I congratulate the Government of Uruguay for its leadership in promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms – I see this agreement as a model for other countries in the region.

” The President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay, Mr Ricardo C. Pérez Manrique, underlined also that “this Memorandum of Understanding aims to promote the participation of civil society in defending all human rights”. 

The agreement provides a strategic framework for reinforcing the institution and the capacities of judicial officials in Uruguay. On this basis, UNESCO and partners will support the training process and improve the understanding, knowledge and sensitivity among actors in the judiciary systems on international standards, through a wide range of dialogue and capacity building initiatives. 

Uruguay currently holds the Permanent Secretariat of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit, and will encourage similar agreements with UNESCO. In April this year, UNESCO signed an agreement with the Ibero-American Judicial Summit in Paraguay (the Supreme Court of Paraguay) to strengthen freedom of expression, access to public information and the safety of journalists in the country. The new agreement with Uruguay is the result of action, including training, taken forward over the last three years by the Latin American Summit of the Judiciary. With the support of the Summit, UNESCO has trained more than 2,000 judicial officers in 22 countries in Latin America. 

The Director-General highlighted the importance of the agreement for the country and the region, and also to encourage deeper South-South cooperation to strengthen the role of judiciaries in protecting and promoting freedom of expression as cornerstones of democracy. 

This new agreement fits into the wider framework of UNESCO’s action across the region to defend freedom of expression – notably with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – and is in line with UNESCO’s commitment to accompany States as they implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. 

“All of this reflects UNESCO’s deepening engagement across the region,” said Irina Bokova, “Especially to support and accompany governments and societies facing social transformation and leading peace-building processes.”

The review of the Memory of the World Programme is now online

News - mer, 29/06/2016 - 16:26

This review is seeking to explore means for further improvement of the programme. Welcomed by the UNESCO Executive Board at its meeting in April 2016, the review is designed to be wide-ranging and transparent. The objectives of the review are also fully explained in the Invitation by the Chairman of the International Advisory Committee.

In this spirit, Member States, the Memory of the World community and all relevant stakeholders are invited to contribute to the review by posting their comments by 30 September 2016 at:
https://www.unesco-ci.org/cmscore/content/mow-consultation-add-comment

The proposals and observations received will be analysed and compiled by the IAC in a final report to be distributed to Member States.

In order to submit comments, a special access code is needed and can be received upon request from the Memory of the World Secretariat.

For any additional information, please contact the Memory of the World Secretariat (tel.: 0033145684368, e-mail: mowsecretariat(at)unesco.org )

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination. The Programme is intended to protect documentary heritage, and helps networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for preservation of, and access to, documentary material.

La Directrice générale condamne les meurtres de deux journalistes au Guatemala : Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López et Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar

Actualités - mer, 29/06/2016 - 12:21

« Je condamne les meurtres de Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López et Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Il est important pour la société dans son ensemble, de ne pas laisser des crimes violents limiter la liberté des professionnels des médias d’exercer leur métier ».

Le 25 juin, Aceituno López, Directeur et animateur de la station locale Radio Ilusión, a été abattu dans la ville de Quetzaltenango dans l’ouest du Guatemala.

Dans le même temps, des rapports indépendants confirmaient la mort d’un animateur de la station de radio locale Radio Sembrador, Esteban Gaspar, le 30 avril à Ixcán, dans le nord du pays.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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Contact médias : Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0) 1 45 68 42 12 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

La Directora General condena el asesinato de dos periodistas en Guatemala: Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López y Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar

Noticias - mer, 29/06/2016 - 09:57

“Condeno el asesinato de Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López y Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar”, declaró la Directora General, subrayando que “es importante para la sociedad en su conjunto no dejar que los crímenes violentos limiten la libertad de los profesionales de los medios para ejercer su labor”.

El 25 de junio, Aceituno López, director y locutor de la estación local Radio Ilusión, fue abatido en la ciudad de Quetzaltenango, al oeste de Guatemala.

Al mismo tiempo, informes independientes confirmaron el asesinato de Esteban Gaspar, locutor de la estación local Radio Sembrador, ocurrido el 30 de abril en Ixcán, en el norte del país.

Las condenas de la Directora General por los asesinatos de profesionales de los medios responden a la resolución 29 adoptada en 1997 por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO y titulada “Condena de la violencia contra los periodistas”. Figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.

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Contacto de prensa: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0) 1 45 68 42 12 

La UNESCO es el organismo de las Naciones Unidas que tiene el mandato de defender la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa. El Artículo I de su Constitución declara que la Organización se propone “asegurar el respeto universal a la justicia, a la ley, a los derechos humanos y a las libertades fundamentales que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

Director-General condemns killing of two journalists in Guatemala: Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López and Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar

News - mer, 29/06/2016 - 09:56

“I condemn the killings of Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar and Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López," the Director-General said. "Violent crimes must not be allowed to limit media workers’ freedom to carry out their work, which is important for society as a whole.”

On 25 June, Aceituno López, director and broadcaster of Radio Ilusión, a local station, was shot in the city of Quetzaltenango in the west of Guatemala.

Meanwhile, independent reports confirmed the killing on 30 April of Esteban Gaspar, a presenter on local broadcaster Radio Sembrador in Ixcán, in the north of the country.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

L’UNESCO et la Cour suprême de l'Uruguay renforcent leur coopération en matière de liberté d'expression et la sécurité des journalistes

Actualités - mar, 28/06/2016 - 19:21

Cet accord est le résultat des activités de production de connaissance et de formation, discutés et validés au cours des trois dernières années par le Sommet judiciaire latino-américain, dont la Cour suprême de l'Uruguay est un membre actif et préside le Secrétariat Permanent pour les quatre années à venir. Avec le soutien du Sommet, l'UNESCO a formé plus de 2.000 officiers de justice dans 22 pays d'Amérique latine.

La Directrice générale a souligné l'importance de l'accord non seulement pour le pays mais aussi pour encourager la coopération Sud-Sud, en insistant sur le rôle du pouvoir judiciaire dans la protection et la promotion de la liberté d'expression, pierre angulaire de toutes les démocraties.

« Une presse libre, indépendante et pluraliste dans un contexte d'accès à l'information publique contribue à la garantie et la promotion des autres droits énoncés dans la Déclaration universelle de 1948 », a déclaré Irina Bokova.

Le même jour, la Directrice générale a participé à la réunion solennelle des membres de la Commission nationale, dans laquelle elle a signé un protocole d'entente avec le Ministère de l'éducation et de la culture pour soutenir la réforme du système éducatif, l’enseignement des sciences et les projets liés au patrimoine culturel et aux médias en Uruguay. « Je suis sûre que toutes ces mesures du gouvernement uruguayen, soutenues par la Commission nationale, ouvrent un chemin pour les futures générations du pays vers le développement durable », a déclaré Irina Bokova.

Au cours de la réunion, la ministre déléguée à l'Education, Edith Moraes, a remis à la Directrice générale une lettre dans laquelle l'Uruguay a exprimé son fort engagement en faveur de l’Appel ministériel pour une éducation inclusive et équitable pour tous dans un environnement préservé de la discrimination et de la violence. Cet appel est le résultat d'une récente réunion ministérielle internationale sur la violence de genre qui a eu lieu à Paris, au Siège de l'UNESCO.

Media and information literacy is a tool that enables life

News - mar, 28/06/2016 - 16:55

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) also received strong recognition by the government of Latvia, with Ms Inara Murniece, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia present on the opening session of the Forum. Ms Dace Melbārde, the Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia, emphasized the importance of MIL at the official reception organized by the Latvian government, stating: “MIL is a GPS of the media and information landscape”.

Underlining the point, UNESCO’s Marius Lukosiunas stated: “We know that MIL is about helping people to navigate their way through information proliferation, giving them the critical intellectual skills to evaluate and discern what comes across their radar”. He spoke on behalf of Mr Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development of UNESCO, in the opening session.

MIL is a discipline to enable life,” said Ms Sheila Webber, representative of the GAPMIL European Sub-Chapter and Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research at the University of Sheffield, during the first Plenary session on promoting MIL in a shifting communication/media landscape.

Propaganda and its relation to MIL

“Propaganda is getting really personal as it comes through social media. As the access to the media information is expanding, so are high levels of apathy and disengagement. This is accompanied by increased political polarization” said Dr Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication Studies at University of Rhode Island. But MIL can generate “high levels of engagement and critical thinking” she added. In that sense Dr. Hobbs underlined that MIL can be used to raise awareness and inspire people to action.

Give technology, but also provide knowledge

During the first Plenary session, Toms Meisitis, member of the Board of Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) urged going further than providing people with digital tools, by supporting education and knowledge how to use it properly and with good intentions. Latvian libraries play a significant role in supporting MIL, he stated, adding that they could serve as an entry point for education and guidance. 

Librarians and media as agents of change

“Latvia has one of the highest number of public libraries compared to other European countries and one of the highest number of free internet access points. Librarians, thus, can be perceived as digital literacy social agents or mediators for Latvian society and notably for children,” said Ms Guna Spurava, of the University of Latvia and the head of the UNESCO Chair on Media and Information Literacy.

The European publishing industry is also leading with projects on MIL, trying to build relationships with readers from an early age and finding new formats and platforms for delivering information. “Newspapers and news media have a fundamental role to play in promoting media literacy and socially-engaged citizenship. MIL skills are more urgently needed than ever for citizens to process in a critical way all the news and information on print and digital platforms,” said Ms Elodie Depré, Representative of ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association).

Does the media reflect the needs of young people? 

The function of media in bringing reliable and pluralistic content, as well also having a central role in promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue, was promoted at the Round table on the topic of MIL and interreligious understanding in support of solidarity and living together and peace. “Some research shows that over 70% of young people say, themselves, that their perception of other religions is affected by what they read and see in the media. A majority of these young people believe that intercultural and interreligious dialogue is important for their countries,” said Mr Alton Grizzle, Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector. He concluded that MIL can help overcome disinformation, stereotypes and intolerance conveyed through some media and in online spaces.

The Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO II) is organized by UNESCO, the European Commission, the Latvian Government and the Sub-Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Europe: Citizens’ Critical Competencies for a Rights-Based, Transparent, Open, Secure and Inclusive Information Environment”. It runs from 27 to 29 June 2016, in Riga, Latvia.

Latvia hosted UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day annual conference in May 2015.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du journaliste mexicain Zamira Esther Bautista

Actualités - mar, 28/06/2016 - 11:20

« Je condamne le meurtre de Zamira Esther Bautista », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Dans l'intérêt de l'État de droit et afin de s’assurer que le crime ne fasse pas taire la voix des médias indépendants, j’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce meurtre et à traduire ses responsables en justice ».

Bautista, ancien correspondent pour les quotidiens locaux La Verdad et El Mercuri, était un journaliste freelance et enseignant. Il a été abattu dans la matinée du 20 juin.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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Contact médias : Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0) 1 45 68 42 12 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

La Directora General y la Suprema Corte de Justicia de Uruguay refuerzan cooperación sobre la libertad de expresión y seguridad de periodistas

Noticias - mar, 28/06/2016 - 03:29

Este acuerdo es el resultado de actividades de producción de conocimiento y capacitación, debatidas y validadas a lo largo de los últimos tres años por la Cumbre Judicial Iberoamericana, de la cual la Suprema Corte de Justicia de Uruguay es miembro activo y desempeña la Secretaría Permanente para los próximos cuatro años. Con el apoyo de la Cumbre, la UNESCO ha capacitado a más de 2.000 operadores de justicia en 22 países de Iberoamérica.

La Directora General destacó la importancia del acuerdo no solamente para el país, sino también para estimular la cooperación Sur-Sur, subrayando la importancia del poder Judicial en la protección y promoción de la libertad de expresión, piedra angular para todas las democracias. “Entendemos que una prensa libre, independiente y plural, en un contexto de pleno acceso a la información pública, contribuye a la garantía y promoción de los demás derechos inscritos en la Declaración Universal de 1948”, declaró Bokova.

El mismo día, la Directora General participó en una sesión extraordinaria de trabajo con los miembros de la Comisión Nacional uruguaya de cooperación con la UNESCO en la que se fiirmó un Memorando de Entendimiento entre la UNESCO y el Ministerio de Educación y Cultura con el objetivo de apoyar la reforma del sistema educativo del país, su programa de educación científica y otros programas relacionados con el patrimonio cultural y la educación audiovisual. “Estoy segura de que todas esas acciones pasadas y presentes del gobierno uruguayo, apoyadas por la Comisión Nacional, construirán un camino seguro para las generaciones futuras del país rumo al desarrollo sostenible” afirmó Irina Bokova.

En el curso de la reunión, la viceministra de Educación, Edith Moraes, entregó a la Directora General una carta en la que se expresa  el firme deseo del Uruguay de adherir al Lllamamiento Ministerial a la Acción por una educación inclusiva y equitativa para todos los educando en un entorno exento de discriminación y violencia". Este llamamiento es el resultado de una reciente reunión ministerial internacional sobre violencia por motivos de género celebrada en París, en la Sede de la UNESCO.

The Director General and the Supreme Court of Uruguay strengthen cooperation on freedom of expression and security of journalists

News - mar, 28/06/2016 - 03:23

This agreement is the result of action regarding the production of knowledge and training, discussed and validated over the last three years by the Latin American Summit of the Judiciary. The Supreme Court of Uruguay is an active member of this process, and is heading the Permanent Secretariat for the next four years. With the support of the Summit, UNESCO has trained more than 2,000 judicial officers in 22 countries in Latin America.

The Director-General highlighted the importance of the agreement not only for the country but also to encourage South-South cooperation, emphasizing the importance of the judiciary in protecting and promoting freedom of expression, as a cornerstone of all democracies.

"We understand that a free, independent and pluralistic press in a context of full access to public information contributes to the guarantee and promotion of other rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of 1948," affirmed Bokova.

On same day, the Director General participated in a special working session with members of the Uruguayan National Commission, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Culture to support reform of the country's education system, science education and projects related to cultural heritage and media education.

"I am sure that all past and present actions of the Uruguayan government, supported by the National Commission, will build a safe path for future generations towards sustainable development,” declared Irina Bokova.

During the meeting, the deputy minister of Education, Edith Moraes, gave to the Director General a letter that expresses the strong commitment of Uruguay to the Call for Action by Ministers for the inclusive and equitable education for all learners in an environment free from discrimination and violence. This call is the result of a recent international ministerial meeting on gender violence held in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters.

La Directora General condena el asesinato de la periodista mexicana Zamira Esther Bautista

Noticias - lun, 27/06/2016 - 12:38

“Condeno el asesinato de Zamira Esther Bautista,” dijo la Directora General. “En el interés del estado de derecho, y para asegurar que este crimen no silencie la voz de los medios de comunicación independientes, hago un llamamiento a las autoridades para investigar este caso y llevar a sus autores ante la justicia.”

Bautista era corresponsal de los diarios locales La Verdad y El Mercurio, trabajaba como periodista independiente y profesora. Recibió un disparo en la mañana del 20 de junio.

Las condenas de la Directora General por los asesinatos de profesionales de los medios responden a la resolución 29 adoptada en 1997 por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO y titulada “Condena de la violencia contra los periodistas”. Figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.

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Contacto de prensa: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

La UNESCO es el organismo de las Naciones Unidas que tiene el mandato de defender la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa. El Artículo I de su Constitución declara que la Organización se propone “asegurar el respeto universal a la justicia, a la ley, a los derechos humanos y a las libertades fundamentales que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Zamira Esther Bautista

News - lun, 27/06/2016 - 10:33

“I condemn the murder of Zamira Esther Bautista,” the Director-General said. “In the interest of the rule of law, and to make sure that crime is not allowed to silence the voice of independent media, I call on the authorities to investigate this case and bring its perpetrators to trial.”

Bautista, a former correspondent of local dailies La Verdad and El Mercurio, was a freelance journalist and teacher. She was shot on the morning of 20 June.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

UNESCO supports Press Council in Serbia to act against online copyrights infringement

News - ven, 24/06/2016 - 15:55

24 editors and journalists from the most prominent online media in the country participated in the event voicing their greatest concerns in particular about online copyrights infringements and the lack of incentive to pursue fact-gathering stories because those are frequently immediately republished by other online portals. The republication of texts, images and videos taken from another media, without permission and without quoting the source, has indeed become a common occurrence in Serbia. This practice has translated into an increasing tendency for media outlets to act as complainants against other media to the Press Council in Serbia.

Participants of the consultation suggested solution to the current problems focused on expanding the Serbian Journalists’ Code of Ethics by producing a supplementary handbook which will strictly focus on providing greater details and instructions concerning online journalism and will deliver exhaustive directives on respecting copyright issues, securing preventive actions.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information, an eight member working group was established, which will analyze the current problems, prepare a comparative analysis of the solutions offered by counterparts in EU member States and will produce a handbook which will serve as a supplement to the existing Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The first meeting of the work group has been arranged for 21st June 2016.

As part of the UNESCO EU-funded Project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”, the Press Council in Serbia also printed new flyers introducing by the amendments to the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure of the body, finalized in January 2016. The flyers are a handy way of introducing the Press Council’s work, jurisdiction and mandate to the general public and are distributed at public events.

UNESCO contributes towards ICT skills development for improved practices in Djibouti

News - ven, 24/06/2016 - 15:27

UNESCO supports the University of Djibouti in establishing an OER-based teacher training course for ICT use in Education for its teaching staff based on the ICT CFT. The course is based on the UNESCO Competency Framework for Teachers and will permit lecturers at the university to better integrate ICT in their teaching and learning practices.  During the opening of the workshop, Ms Zeynep Varoglu, from the Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO, highlighted the innovative nature of the work of the University of Djibouti, as it represents an example of the implementation of the ICT CFT at the higher education level.

The objective of the workshop was to go through the recommendations of the external review undertaken by the African Virtual University (AVU) to finalize the course and make a plan for its roll out in the 2016/2017 academic year. The African Virtual University made a range of general recommendations in rendering the course more accessible in online and offline environments.  It further provided detailed recommendations on each one of the 18 units, in standardizing the format and including more OERs. The workshop participants, representing all faculties in the university, as well as the Digital Information Centre (Centre de Ressources Informatiques), worked in groups to address the relevant recommendations.  One participant stated that he appreciated the comments provided by the African Virtual University, as it will enrich the content and learning experience of the lecturers during the course roll-out.  Participants also appreciated the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in using a learning management system (LMS).

The course, developed by representatives of the different faculties at the University of Djibouti will be conducted in a blended mode and it takes into account the Integrated Strategic Framework on ICT of Djibouti (Schéma Stratégique Intégré des TIC), the importance of making use of OdEL as delivery mode, but also the need to make use of existing digital platforms and resources developed by the University.  The course is planned to be rolled out in November 2016 and will target more than a 100 staff from the university of Djibouti.

This workshop was the 3rd workshop held in the framework of UNESCO’s support to Djibouti, since November 2015 (the 1st workshop held in November 2015 and focused on developing a national strategy for the project; the 2nd Workshop in January 2016 focused on developing the OER based materials).

This project is implemented in the framework of the ‘ICT CFT Harnessing OER’ project which was launched in 2013 and supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It aims to harness OER for the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to contribute to national educational goals for building Knowledge Societies. The initiative falls within UNESCO’s mandate to assist educational planners and teacher training course developers to prepare teachers to make effective use of technology solutions.

UNESCO publishes report on safety of Journalists in Kenya, based on the UNESCO Journalists' Safety Indicators

News - ven, 24/06/2016 - 14:45

It is crucial that journalists can safely access and produce information both online and offline. Assuring the physical and psychological well-being of journalists has become a pressing issue in Kenya. The study finds that Kenyan journalists face serious challenges in the course of their work with both State and non-State actors contributing to an increase in number of threats, incidents of harassment and intimidation as well as legal and personal attacks in the country.

In spite of these incidents, Kenya has a number of innovative initiatives to address the issue such as the development of the Safety and Protection Protocol for Journalists by Media Council of Kenya which prescribes mechanisms of ensuring safety and protection of media practitioners and promoting of dialogue between media and security institutions in Kenya.

The study was conducted by African Media Initiative (AMI), in consultation with UNESCO. This activity was funded by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Programme on Development of Communication (IPDC) which is a multilateral forum in the UN system that 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. It was carried out within the efforts of UNESCO to “promote an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety in Kenya.”

The report was developed through a multi-stakeholder engagement and consultation process that included a media stakeholders meeting held on 22 May 2015, which provided a platform for participants to plan the study’s methodology and the responsibility of diverse actors relevant to the media sector in Kenya. A second consultation meeting was also held on 23 February 2016 to review the draft study report and implementation of the recommendations therein. A peer review exercise of the study was also carried out before its publication.

The UNESCO Journalists' Safety Indicators is developed within the context of the endorsement of the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. It serves the purpose of pinpointing significant matters that show, or impact upon, the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. It also allows for mapping of key features that can help assess the extent to which journalists are able to carry out their work under safe conditions, and determine whether adequate follow-up is given to crimes committed against them.

To download the publication in PDF format please click here.

La Directrice générale de l'UNESCO s’entretient avec le Président de la République du Paraguay

Actualités - ven, 24/06/2016 - 12:26

La Directrice générale a souligné le rôle important du Paraguay au sein de l'Organisation, notamment au sein du Conseil exécutif. Elle a salué l’action du gouvernement et son engagement à mettre en œuvre l'Agenda 2030 en exprimant le plein soutien de l'UNESCO au Paraguay dans ce domaine.

Le président Horacio Cartes a évoqué les défis de la qualité de l'éducation, la réforme de l'enseignement supérieur, la formation des enseignants et l'introduction des nouvelles technologies de communication dans l'éducation. Les jeunes de moins de 30 ans représentent aujourd'hui 70 pour cent de la société paraguayenne.

Lors de sa rencontre bilatérale avec le ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Eladio Loizaga, Irina Bokova a souligné la nécessité du développement des projets de coopération avec le Paraguay dans tous les domaines de compétence de l'Organisation, en particulier dans l'éducation tout au long de la vie, le patrimoine culturel matériel et immatériel, l'accès à l'information publique, la protection des journalistes et la coopération scientifique. Le ministre a déclaré que « Nous rattrapons le temps perdu ; il y a une continuité et un engagement très fort à cet égard ».

Ce même jour, la Directrice générale a donné une conférence sur « La réponse de l'UNESCO aux défis du Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 » au Congrès national du Paraguay. « Grâce au soutien des États membres - et j’en remercie le Paraguay - le mandat de l'UNESCO, les compétences de l'UNESCO, et l'expérience de l'UNESCO font partie intégrante de ce nouvel agenda mondial, » elle a affirmé aux membres du Congrès, représentants du gouvernement, le corps diplomatique et représentants des agences de l'ONU.

Accompagnée par la Présidente de la Cour suprême, Mme Alicia Pucheta Correa, la Directrice générale a discuté avec les ministres de la Cour suprême de Justice sur les progrès accomplis par le pays sur la liberté d'expression et la sécurité des journalistes. La Directrice générale a félicité la Cour suprême pour sa décision de créer un mécanisme considéré comme un exemple pour la région, impliquant les trois branches du gouvernement dans la défense de la liberté d'expression.

Elle a exprimé son émotion à l’occasion de sa visite au Musée de la Justice, dont le Centre de documentation et d'archives pour la défense des droits de l'homme a été inclus depuis 2009 au registre de la mémoire du monde de l’UNESCO.

Lors d’une réunion solennelle avec la Commission Nationale du Paraguay, la Directrice générale, en compagnie du Ministre de l’Education et culture, Mr. Enrique Riera Escudero, a discuté des progrès accomplis dans la coopération entre le Paraguay et l’UNESCO. La Directrice générale a salué l'engagement du pays à assurer une éducation interculturelle pour les communautés autochtones, en respectant leur multilinguisme. "Il est essentiel pour la qualité de l'apprentissage, pour la cohésion nationale, pour exploiter au mieux tous les talents du pays," a-t-elle dit. A cette occasion, la Directrice générale a pris part au lancement de la troisième phase du programme de formation des professeurs en ligne (DAR) consacré aux styles de vie et expressions des poétesses et écrivaines au Paraguay.  

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