A conference to promote media education and to provide a forum for open discussions on challenges and perspectives of media education in Azerbaijan took place on 7 December 2017 in Baku. The conference was organised in close co-operation with the Azerbaijani Press Council and Journalism Faculty of Baku State University.
The conference was split to three thematic sessions and concluded by a questions and answers session. The first session was devoted to Azerbaijani media education: achievements, challenges and perspectives. The deans of three journalism faculties at Baku State University, Azerbaijan University of Languages and Baku Slavic University made their presentations and raise the main issues of the topic. The second session was on deliverables produced by the project on "Freedom of expression and media freedom in Azerbaijan" and their contribution to media education in Azerbaijan. The members of the team working on developments of curricula and textbooks made presentations on development of curricula on Journalism ethics and Media and freedom of expression and textbooks on New Media, TV Journalism, Photo Journalism and Radio Journalism and also raised issues on new attitudes to media education and the role of freedom of expression in media education. The third session was devoted to the European experiences on media education. International media experts from Turkey and Norway talked about the experience of their respective countries in media education.
About 70 representatives of state authorities (Presidential Administration and Ministry of Education), academia, members of the Press Council, media professionals and civil society participated in the conference and took an active in discussions. The textbooks and curricula developed within the project were distributed among the participants of the conference.
This conference was organised by the European Union/Council of Europe joint project "Freedom of expression and media freedom in Azerbaijan".