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New media training kit goes online

UNESCO in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) has launched a workshop-ready training kit "Education Makes News" for writing and reporting on Education for All (EFA), an international initiative to achieve education for all by 2015

The kit - for use both face-to-face and online - consists of an interactive CD–ROM with a printed handbook and will help journalists to acquire better understanding of international EFA initiatives. The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia helped to prepare the kit in consultation with a group of media and education experts drawn from developing countries worldwide.

Media trainers can now access the kit online at or request a copy from UNESCO or AIBD. Its aim is to show journalists how to push EFA up the news agenda. Journalists are trained how to identify good sources of information, to convince the media gatekeepers of the value of reports on education and to find the story behind the statistics. The kit can also be used to develop the skills and understanding of key stakeholders in EFA, such as policy makers, community leaders etc.

The first full training session based on the kit will be conducted in a workshop organized by UNESCO in conjunction with Highway Africa Conference in Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa in September 2004 and will gather working journalists from 10 African countries.

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