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Media Literacy school textbook debuts in Bolivia

4 December 2014 | PROJECT NEWS

 

At a ceremony 21 November in La Paz, EJC officially launched the Spanish language version of its Media Literacy textbook, Newsroom III: Basic Principles of Media Literacy for teachers and students, in cooperation with local partner Fundación para el Periodismo and the Bolivian Ministry of Education.

The event featured keynote speeches by Bolivian Minister for Communication Amanda Davila and EJC’s Marjan Tillmans, both touching on the importance of being media and news literate in modern, open societies.

The publication is being distributed to primary and secondary schools across the country as part of EJC’s commitment to train school teachers and advocate for media literacy classes into the national school curriculum. Divided into five curriculum units, the textbook focuses on basic principles of media literacy, stereotyping, ethics, politics as well as including a full chapter dedicated to new media. Originating from an earlier EJC-led project in Macedonia, the book is based on the first edition published in cooperation with the Macedonian Institute for Media in 2011.

Youth journalism prizes awarded

Prizes were also given at the same event to secondary school teams that participated in two national journalism competitions organised by Fundacion para el Periodismo. “The Interview of My Dreams” competition featured organiser-facilitated interviews with Bolivian public figures. This year’s first prize went to the Horizontes Secondary School of La Paz for their interview of Xabier Azkargorta, football coach of Club Bolivar as well as the Bolivian National Team.

The second competition, “Journalist For a Day” was awarded to the best student team investigative reportage and was given to the Eduardo Laredo School of Cochabamba for their in-depth piece on student abuse by public transportation drivers. Fundacion para el Periodismo has implemented both competitions, part of WAN/IFRA’s global Youth Engagement and News Literacy programming, in Bolivia since 2012.

Newsroom III: Basic Principles of Media Literacy for teachers and students, the Spanish language version of EJC's media literacy textbook, was released in Bolivia and distributed to schools across the country.
Newsroom III: Basic Principles of Media Literacy for teachers and students, the Spanish language version of EJC’s media literacy textbook, was released in Bolivia and distributed to schools across the country.

The student team from Horizontes Secondary School in La Paz, winners of 2014
The student team from Horizontes Secondary School in La Paz, winners of 2014 “The Interview of My Dreams’ competition for their piece on football coach Xabier Azkargorta.

Bolivian Minister of Communication, Amanda Davila (centre), gave the keynote address during the event and presented students with prizes and certificates of achievement.
Bolivian Minister of Communication, Amanda Davila (centre), gave the keynote address during the event and presented students with prizes and certificates of achievement.
The event's panel included EJC
The event’s panel included EJC"s Marjan Tillmans, Bolivian Communication Minister Amanda Davila, and Fundacion’s Renan Estenssoro and Isabel Mercado.
Winning student teams had their stories published in major Bolivian newspapers such as Pagina Siete.
Winning student teams had their stories published in major Bolivian newspapers such as Pagina Siete.



Project:
Bolivia: Press Freedom, Journalism Training, and Media Literacy
The EJC is engaged in three different media projects, each of them aiming to bring change to Bolivia’s media environment. Focusing on press freedom, mainly through the protection of journalists’ rights and media ethics, journalism training, and media literacy, the projects are designed to answer the needs and expectations of both media professionals and civil society activists in the country.