ANKARA, Turkey, 12 November 2009 Understanding child rights and how to produce stories about children in a responsible and ethical way is now part of the journalism curriculum at seven Turkish universities.
The child-rights syllabus recently introduced at these schools was commissioned by the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and developed by the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. It was formally launched at a ceremony at Ankara University in time to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"Journalism at its best can be the eyes and ears of children voices in the promotion and protection of children and their rights," said UNICEF Regional Director Steven Allen. "By bringing young journalists into the picture on child rights at an early stage, we help to build those eyes, ears and voices for children's rights."