Children in charge: reporting on unrest

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A special live lesson for your class that asks students how to protect the freedom of the press.

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The recent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has put journalists there under strict rules, with many reporters fearing for their safety. Join this webinar, delivered by The Economist Educational Foundation, to explore freedom of the press and how we should report in times of unrest and uncertainty.

We'll challenge students to think hard about questions like:

  • when you can't report the truth, is it better to report nothing at all?
  • who should report in a conflict and how?
  • how can we support journalists working in difficult situations?

How will the webinar work?

You’ll join the webinar from your classroom. The webinar begins at 14:00 GMT (please check your local time if outside the UK!)

The hour will be divided into three classroom challenges. For each, we'll introduce a fictional scenario or dilemma and task students to work in groups and generate solutions. All instructions will be provided, ready for you to facilitate the discussion in your classroom. Your students will weigh up different options, justify their opinions and work together to find the answers. Each challenge will require fast-paced critical thinking and problem-solving and test their creativity and empathy.

There’s no planning needed - just a classroom with a computer. The computer should have access to Zoom (if joining live) and a screen that students can watch. You won’t need your video or audio switched on.

Who is this webinar aimed at?

Students aged 9-15 anywhere in the world

What else should I know?

No prior knowledge is needed for the webinar. However the event supports the Topical Talk Project “Afghanistan” - a series of five lessons that take an in-depth look at the withdrawal of American troops from the country and the consequences. You can download the Project for free here.

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We are The Economist Educational Foundation, an independent charity that leverages the journalistic expertise of The Economist newspaper. We enable inspiring discussions about the news in, and between, schools. Discussions that invite young people to be curious about the world’s biggest ideas and challenges, and consider what should be done about them.

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