Sunday, November 19, 2023

AEC observes International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Alternative Education Center observed the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2-3, 2023. The observance raises awareness of the major challenges journalists face in exercising their profession and the role they play in society. This year's theme focuses on the violence against journalists, the integrity of elections, and the role of public leadership.

Students at AEC explored courses and degrees that may lead to becoming journalists, journalism career opportunities, and journalists' responsibilities. They read a local news article Grant helps counselors take a different approach at AEC that promotes community awareness of recent counseling activities at AEC. Local journalists help communicate to the community what AEC does for at-risk students in Odessa. They also help spread awareness of the recent district bond election that impacts the students of Odessa. Students at AEC did a coloring therapy activity with a journalism theme and discussed ways to help eliminate violence against journalists. Students then related journalist violence with similar violence faced by teenagers by playing a modified Teenage Violence card game. They discussed how the observance promotes wellness practices and the global goal of peace, justice, and strong institutions.