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Journalism Development Programme (JDP)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Journalism Development Programme (JDP) was implemented by Development Communications (DevComs) Network with the support of Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) having identified Education as public trust and communication an important component for a re-branded education sector. The project was in two phases; JDP 1 implemented between 2010 and 2011, and JDP 2 between 2012 and 2013.

The purpose is to contribute to informing the public of their rights, responsibilities and roles to securing a better quality education for all Nigerians; draw public attention and appreciation to the importance of good quality education and empower the Nigerian society to make informed choices about their children's educational decisions. It is also intended to raise demand for policies supporting quality education and accountability of allocations as well as increase the literacy level, which will contribute to increased wealth, and gender equity to further boost Nigeria’s autonomy and economic development.

Objectives:

  •   Support the development of the media in addressing the need for a comprehensive and analytical approach to reporting the education sector - covering governance in education management (including expenditure/budget tracking, whole school development and community involvement.
  •   Build capacity of media professionals through strategic trainings and technical support to write and produce effective (informed) reports that would promote high quality education reporting in the context of development in Nigeria
  •   Generate a significant volume of articles highlighting the need for development of quality basic education in Nigeria.