About the Partnership
The Teaching Project
The journalism teaching partnership between Carleton
University’s School of Journalism and Communication
and its counterpart at the National University of Rwanda will
- build capacity;
- enhance media standards and freedom of expression
in Rwanda; and
- work to instil a broader notion of the role
of the media in society and as a civil society agent of
reform and democratic development.
Through this faculty collaboration initiative, veteran Canadian
journalists and journalism educators will take up short-term
teaching positions in Butare to deliver journalism course
material and to help to further develop the journalism curriculum
now being delivered at Butare. Typically, the visiting Canadian
teachers will be career journalists or journalism educators
who will take up short-term teaching positions at Butare to
deliver courses in intensive sessions. Carleton will administer
and oversee the program and manage the curriculum development
Media Training Workshops
Carleton and NUR will also work together to deliver media
training workshops to working journalists in Rwanda, primarily
in Kigali. This media training program will be conducted in
collaboration with the fledgling Great Lakes Media Institute,
based in Kigali.
Forging the Future
Ideally, a model will emerge from the overall experience that
will have application in other settings. And in a later phase,
Carleton envisions establishing a full-fledged co-operation
agreement with NUR that would facilitate student and faculty
exchanges and other forms of collaboration.
The Carleton-NUR Journalism Project
and the Rwandan Context
While the world stood by, the 1994 Rwanda
genocide claimed the lives of an estimated 800,000 people
in the space of 100 days.
The news media played a key role in the
There is abundant evidence that within
Rwanda, the hate radio broadcasts of Radio Television Libre
des Mille Collines were instrumental in fanning the flames;
at times broadcasters gave direct instructions to death squads
and ordinary citizens caught up in the killing frenzy.
The International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda in 2003 rendered a landmark guilty verdict in the so-called
“media trial’’ of three media executives
charged with genocide and crimes against humanity. The news
media were both implicated in and devastated by the genocide.
The Danish NGO International Media Support
has consistently monitored the media scene in Rwanda since
the genocide. In a January 2005 update, the organization recounted
the damage to the media in Rwanda caused by the 1994 genocide.
Forty-nine media professionals were murdered and 25 are currently
in jail, accused of inciting or participating in the genocide.
Rwandan media, and the radio in particular
have been striving to come out of the trauma ever since.