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Journalism education in Nepal set to benefit from UNESCO’s Model Curricula
“The use of UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education could boost the Nepal media sector”, agreed participants of a consultation meeting on the adaption of the model last month in Kathmandu.

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Journalism education in Nepal set to benefit from UNESCO’s Model Curricula

20-08-2010 (Kathmandu)
Journalism education in Nepal set to benefit from UNESCO’s Model Curricula
Cover page of the Nepali version
of the Model Curricula
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“The use of UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education could boost the Nepal media sector”, agreed participants of a consultation meeting on the adaption of the model last month in Kathmandu.
But before the scheme can be successfully adopted, it needs to be adapted by journalism educators in Nepal to meet local needs and resources; to take full cognizance of the social, economic, political and cultural contexts of the country; to highlight the connection between journalism and democracy; and to foster a more cross-disciplinary approach within journalism training centres.

The consultation on 19 and 20 July 2010 brought together representatives of journalism training institutions, trainers and experts in journalism education from several universities in Nepal. According to the meeting delegates, the Model Curricula can easily be adapted to the specific context of Nepal.

Participants identified issues and concerns that may affect the adaption of the Model Curricula. A lack of qualified teachers to teach courses listed in the Curricula was a common concern. Many journalism schools also lack equipment and facilities.

Key stakeholders in the area of media education in Nepal will now work on adaptation strategies, including the Curricula adaptability in terms of courses, infrastructure, and teaching and learning resources.

UNESCO will closely cooperate with the Tribuvan University, the Kathmandu University and the Press Institute of Nepal to facilitate the adaptation of the Curricula and to provide necessary support through the International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC).

The importance of the connection between democracy and journalism is a key component of UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education, which also assists media training institutions to create quality learning programmes.

It includes 17 courses written by media professionals who have worked in countries in transition. The courses form a complete and homogeneous teaching programme, enabling students to understand and to master essential tools for quality journalism. The Model Curricula offer a set of competencies, course listings and descriptions for bachelor, masters and diploma programmes.

UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Nepali, Russian and Spanish. To download it in PDF format please click here.

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