WHAT are MDG's, EFA's and ESD? Regardless of the fact that the very existence of these UN initiatives lean towards helping humanity most of us including journalists do not have an understanding of what they are or how they can positively impact the lives of ordinary citizens.
Journalists from and various Pacific Island states including Papua New Guinea were fortunate to attend a workshop last week in Nuku'alofa the capital city of Tonga, to get an insight into Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), the Education for All (EFA) and Education for Sustainable Development.
Facilitated by the Tonga National Commission for UNESCO and the Tonga Ministry of Education, the weeklong workshop was specifically aimed at bringing about awareness amongst media, information and communication personnel and practitioners on international goals and commitments that relate to education.
The main idea of the workshop was to get journalist to better understand the international goals and commitment so that technicalities of these initiatives can be broken down into a language that is understood by people at the grassroots level.
Apart from being lectured on the international Goals and commitments Facilitators Mr. Mikko Cantel the ESD specialist from UNESCO Bangkok and Mr. Paul Hector from UNESCO's pacific cluster office in Samoa got the participants to seriously think of different ways of making Education stories make headlines on the media as they are competing for space with other genres such as sports and crime.
"Education stories can be boring sometimes. People are more interested in crime stories so you have to be creative in your way of writing...your stories must be more human centered", said Mr. Cantell.
The workshop began on Monday 22nd and ended on the 26th of March, 2010.