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An array of the new

An array of the new

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World Young Reader Summit and Ideathon offered a debut to new guide for teachers, a spotlight for the year's best practice and the chance to develop something new.

Conferences come and go, but some have a lasting impact.

The recently completed World Young Reader Summit and Ideathon is one that will last, thanks to "Newsworthy Characters: A Practical Guide to Character Building," which was launched during the conference, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Denpasar, Indonesia last week.

Debra Francisco of The Straits Times of Singapore (in bottom right photo) was part of an international workshop team that also included Gerard van der Weijden of Belgium, Lynne Cahill of Australia and Thea Nelson of Indonesia.Debra Francisco of The Straits Times of Singapore (in bottom right photo) was part of an international workshop team that also included Gerard van der Weijden of Belgium, Lynne Cahill of Australia and Thea Nelson of Indonesia."Newsworthy Characters" argues that the habit of reading the news is a powerful tool for schools to promote character development. Jointly published by The Jakarta Post Foundation and Kompas Daily newspapers and supported by Chevron Indonesia and by WAN-IFRA, the book is a guide to teaching the virtues that help form good character, particularly if learned at an early age.

The book focuses on virtues like love, responsibility, discipline, honesty, compassion, cooperation, and creativity and suggests that schools create activities to promote them. WAN-IFRA worked with the authors to include freedom of expression among the virtues, to reflect its importance for children’s learning and developing their creativity and to celebrate Indonesia's support for press freedom, a rarity in the region. 

The Indonesian guide provides example of how good ideas for this work can be adapted all over the world The Indonesian guide is based on "48 Values from the News” from the Straits Times of Singapore, which one a World young Reader Prize in 2013. That Singapore guide relied heavily on character education newspapers in eduction (NIE) materials from the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (now the American Press Institute) from more than a decade ago.

Indonesia’s bilingual guide, in English and Bahasa Indonesian, was used immediately at the conference for a workshop involving more than 250 English teachers. Trainers included Gerard van der Weijden (Belgium) and Lynne Cahill (Australia) who have a long experience in helping WAN-IFRA introduce use of the news in the classroom to teach a wide variety of stubjects. They were joined by Serene Goh and Debra Francisco of The Straits Times and Thea Norton, who trains teachers in how to use The Jakarta Post in teaching English

For more information about the book, contact youngreaders@wan-ifra.org.

"Newsworthy Characters" was just one of the initiatives to emerge from the World Young Reader Summit and Ideathon, which provided participants with strategies from more than a dozen news organisations on how to attract young people to news.

“The goal in this ‘Ideathon’ was for people who are already good at youth engagement to have the chance to think through at least one idea for what to do next, to get far enough along while they are still here to be able to really start work on it when they got home,” said Aralynn McMane, Executive Director for Youth Engagement and News Literacy at WAN-IFRA.

Hosts for the events were Kompas Daily, The Jakarta Post Foundation and Chevron, with support from the Bali Post, Jawa Pos, SPS, the Indonesian publishers association, and Garuda Indonesia airline.

In all, nearly 150 participants from 19 countries attended the event, which included presentation of the 2014 World Young Reader Prizes and 7-minute “Laureate Pitches”,  case studies from more than a dozen of this year’s winners. (Details about the winners at www.wan-ifra.org/node/116566.)

 

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Aralynn McMane

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2014-12-01 19:11

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