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UNESCO and African Union Commission collaborate on science and technology journalism

09-07-2009 (Paris)
UNESCO and African Union Commission collaborate on science and technology journalism
Abdul Waheed Khan and Jean-
Pierre Ezin signing the Agreement.
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UNESCO and the African Union Commission (AUC) signed yesterday a Special Agreement to collaborate on journalism training on science and technology in Africa. The Agreement was jointly signed by Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, and Jean-Pierre Ezin, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.
Under this Agreement, UNESCO and AUC will cooperate to strengthen journalism training in science and technology through the potential centers of excellence and the potential centers of reference in journalism training in Africa (identified by UNESCO in 2007).

Both Organizations will cooperate to create continent-wide and international synergies to provide support for the development of regional science and technology networks for journalism students and media professionals. Their overall goal is to improve the range and scale of journalism training in reporting on science and technology in Africa.

UNESCO and AUC will focus their common strategic and operational priorities using their comparative advantages:
  • sharing knowledge, lessons learned and evaluations of previous capacity-building initiatives targeting journalists in the region;
  • selecting and developing collaborative activities to bring a clear benefit to journalism students and media professionals in Africa;
  • developing advocacy and capacity building programmes for the African journalism on science and technology;
  • exploring the potential of co-financing joint programmes, and of involving other stakeholders and potential donors.
It is hoped that the Agreement, which is operational from yesterday, will strengthen the quality of journalism in Africa in general, and of science and technology journalism in particular.
Related themes/countries

      · Africa
      · Training of Media Professionals
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