Rewarding training of trainees on a pedagogical tool

With certificates on the last day of the workshop for journalism teachers on press freedom. From left: Rafia Somai, Elsebeth Frey, Hanen Melliti, Semichi Widad, Chahira Ben Abdallah, Faysal Souissi, Abdallah Draa and LotfiAli-Guechi. Photo: Private.

Last week Elsebeth Frey (JMIC and OsloMet) did a workshop in Tunis, a training of trainees regarding press freedom and a pedagogical tool called the Rig on press freedom.

Three professors from University of Constantine 3, Algeria, and three professors from the Tunisian journalism education IPSI (Institute of Press and Information Sciences)  at University of Manouba, participated in the workshop at Hotel Belvédère Fourati.

The participants said that the workshop was very interesting, fruitful and interactive, and they were pleased to learn a new way of teaching journalism. One of them expressed that, «I think the Rig on press freedom is a good way to create interaction between a professor and students through applications that are assigned for the students to do, which is in the heart of the journalism field». Both participants from Constantine and Tunis hope to collaborate with Elsebeth Frey at their home universities with their students participating.

In addition to discussions, theoretical introductions, and group work, the participants visited the journalists’ union, Syndicat National des Journalists Tunisians (SNJT). Furthermore, Reidun Andersen, Norwegian Vice Consul in Tunisia, spent some hours participating in the workshop. As did Saloua Ghazouani Oueslati, Regional Director of ARTICLE 19 MENA, the NGO that collaborated with JMIC in arranging the workshop.

Connecting and renewing ties between OsloMet and IPSI. From left Elsebeth Frey, Rafia Somai, Chahira Ben Abdallah and Hanen Melliti. Photo: Hanen Melliti

Workshop participants with Ali Bouchoucha from Syndicat National des Journalists Tunisiens (SNJT) in front of the union’s house in Tunis. Photo: Private.

Leader of the Tunisian journalist union Néji Bghouri and Ali Bouchoucha from Syndicat Naional des Journalists Tunisiens (SNJT) welcomed the workshop participants. Photo: Elsebeth Frey.


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