University of Fort Hare Communications Department hosts UNESCO Centres of Excellence in Journalism


The University of Fort Hare Communications Department will host a high powered delegation from various South African universities on a consultation session with United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to share ideas on the implementation of "Indigenous Language Media and Democracy in Africa"  in their Journalism curricular. This one day consultative meeting will take place on the 11th of October, 2010 at the East London Campus.

The four Universities designated as Centres of Excellence in Journalism education in South Africa are   Fort Hare, Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Tshwane and Walter Sisulu universities. These institutions of higher learning were selected to pilot the implementation of the module "Indigenous language Media and Democracy in Africa" was chosen as the starting point with other modules to follow in due course. Professor Abiodun Salawu of Fort Hare's Communication Department said, "The purpose of the meeting is to deliberate and share ideas on how the four centres of excellence could implement the module"

Underpinning this four course syllabus is:

  • To root students in the African historical context of journalistic production;
  • To engender a self-reflective journalistic ethical decision-making approach that is grounded in a critical appreciation of the social and historical context of philosophy and morality;
  • To promote a critical understanding of the development contexts and priorities that African journalists must grapple with; and
  • To experiment with culturally and linguistically innovative media forms which lend themselves to a more democratically engaged journalistic practice.

The course seeks to place indigenous language media in Africa in a particular historical context with a view to highlighting their role in enhancing the participation of Africans in the political process in their local environs, said Professor Salawu.

By Unathi Jaza

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