IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

The Department of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos has been identified by UNESCO as a potential Centre of Excellence in Journalism Education. It will implement this project in cooperation with two of UNESCO's potential Centres of Reference in Nigeria, namely the Department of Mass Communication at Lagos State Polytechnic, and the Department of Language and Communication Arts at the University of Ibadan. Within this project, the three institutions will work together to harmonize their course content based on the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. These three...

Founded in 1977, the School of Journalism in Maputo is a public journalism education institution which has been identified by UNESCO as a potential centre of excellence. Currently around four hundred students are in attendance, completing both graduate and postgraduate level studies. With UNESCO's assistance, the School is continually improving its curricula, however due to the expense of internet in Mozambique, it continues to lack an online teaching platform. This project will provide the training and technical facilities to enable the School of Journalism to provide online courses. The...

In Madagascar, there is an urgent need for a new generation of journalists capable of adapting to the context of local development. The University of Antananarivo's Interdisciplinary and Professional Training Department (DIFP) is committed to addressing this need, in line with its status as a UNESCO Potential Centre of Reference In Madagascar. This project will see the development of a high-level professional programme of study and research in economic journalism, based on the UNESCO Model Curricula. The resulting Masters-2 programme aims not only to train experts in the production of...

In spite of recent developments in the standard of journalism and communication education available in Ghana and the West African sub-region today, there remains scope for this field to be strengthened. The African University College of Communication (AUCC) located in the heart of Accra is willing to embrace this challenge by welcoming the opportunity to introduce the UNESCO Model Curricula into its programme, in order to build upon its reputation as a leading institution in delivering high quality journalism education. This project will see the adaptation of the AUCC Curricula,...

Although the media landscape of the Central African Republic has enjoyed a liberalization in recent times, it has not yet been able to achieve its full expression due to the military and political crises which have plagued the country. In post-conflict countries such as the Central African Republic, the media occupies an important role in strengthening democracy and human rights, and promoting freedom of expression. This depends largely on journalists' ability to provide reliable information through professional and responsible reporting. For this reason, journalism training, and...

In recent years, cases of abductions and violence against journalists and media workers in Eastern Africa have increased at an alarming rate, particularly during election periods. The majority of these cases remain unresolved due to a lack of credible investigative and legal procedures. Such violations deprive citizens of their fundamental right to freely seek and receive information and express ideas, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. At present however, no formal...

In recent years there has been an increased demand for more participatory forms of media in the Pacific region, thus accounting for the emergence of community radios in certain areas. Community radios are important tools for development since they enable the participation of marginalized groups in the development process by offering a platform for democratic discourse. Unfortunately however, many rural dwellers in the Pacific are still unable to access radio due to technical challenges. Furthermore, the scope of existing Community Radios to exercise their full potential as development...

In recent years, Mauritania has witnessed rapid development of its print media and audiovisual sector, with increased plurality and freedom of expression. However in spite of this favourable environment, media professionals in the country lack specialist and quality training which in turn puts particular strain on public service media due to competition within the audiovisual sector. There is also widespread discrimination against female Mauritanian journalists both in terms of their position within local media organizations and also the topics which they are chosen to report on. The aim...

As one of Africa's potential centres of excellence in journalism education, the Media Technology department at the Polytechnic of Namibia constantly seeks to build its capacity to offer high quality journalism education to aspiring and working journalists, particularly with regard to the fields of Gender in the Media, and Journalism and Communication Technology. At present however, its Honours degree in Journalism and Communication Technology is lacking in terms of research in the area of Journalism and Media, and does not comply with UNESCO's Model Curricula in Journalism Education. This...

The 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka resulted in a deep polarization within civil society and the media, with media professionals adopting self-censorship and other self-protection strategies within the relentlessly hostile environment. This has left a lasting impression on media outlets, who continue to be divided along linguistic and ethnic lines. The Sri Lankan Press Institute (SLPI), established in 2003, aims to aid the role of the media in the country's recovery process by delivering training in various aspects of journalism via its educational arm, the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (...

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