• 18 October, 2018

MASERU - The United States (U.S)Ambassador to Lesotho says by fostering a free press, citizens are more informed, active and engaged in political decision making.

Ms. Rebecca E. Gonzales' remarked at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Curriculum Development Stakeholders' Consultative Dialogue held at American Corner, State Library last week Thursday where she indicated that citizens can better hold their governments accountable and enhance shared principles of functional, democratic society.
The NUL has proposed Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Media studies as a curriculum which prepares learners for emerging market opportunities in media and related areas. It is aimed at provision and acquisition of knowledge and development of skills in journalism and media industry during a four-year long undergraduate programme.

The U.S government is supporting this development and implementation of this new academic programme with a grant of more that M750 000 and other technical support.

According to Ms Gonzales, freedom of expression and freedom of information is enshrined as a basic human right in the African Charter of Human and People's Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1948.
She added that up and coming journalists need proper training and solid foundation in ethical journalism, adding that when they enter the workforce, they need to emerge from school with critical thinking skills to research, investigate, analyse and distil information in order to advance ideals of transparency, accountability and journalistic integrity.
Speaking at the same event, the NUL Vice Chancellor Professor Nqosa Mahao disclosed that there is nothing that transmits information to the public than the media. He indicated that it is more important when it is supported and properly focused in the right way.
He noted that absence of equipment had been a major challenge for the past years and acknowledged that the grant from the U.S government which would be used to equip the programme with a state-of-the-art media resource laboratory to ensure that journalism students at NUL have the practical training needed to succeed in today's media environment.
Sharing the same sentiments, Professor Ekanjume Ilongo, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities said that they needed a journalist who is well grounded and “in order to achieve this, the stakeholders' contribution in this project is vital.”
She expressed hope that after this stakeholder's meeting, the project will be put in a place where they want it to be in August 2019.
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