The National Commission today reviewed all procedures undertaken by the Government to implement the Bahrain Commission of Inquiry (BICI) recommendations. Headed by Shura Council President Ali bin Saleh Al-Saleh, the panel commended the measures undertaken to reform the information and education, describing them steps as important steps on the path of achieving national unity.
It urged all parties to join ranks so as to rebuild the bridges of confidence anew.
The session pointed out that the plan referred by the Government on reforming the information is in conformity with recommendation (1724).
The blueprint was drafted taking into account the proposals tabled by French media experts to reduce censorship and finance programmes to boost the rate of participation.
The proposed roadmap stipulates the establishment of a supreme information council, unification of all law relating to media in one law and the foundation of a high-level institute to train journalists and other telecommunications specialists.
The blueprint suggests the establishment of a media city to attract foreign and Arab radio and TV corporations.
It also urges cooperation with the private sector to promote the media and pave the way for private satellite TV channels.
The commission welcomed the signing of a memorandum between the Education Ministry and the UNESCO international authority for education to reform school curricula.
The commission stressed the importance of designing primary, secondary and university educational programs that promote all forms of tolerance, particularly religious and political tolerance, in addition to bolstering human rights and the rule of the law, respect of educational establishments in conformity with international standards and norms.
The commission suggested citizenship and social education syllabi to be reviewed, urging Bahrainis specialists to commissioned, backed by Arab and international experts, to designs educational syllabi based on the concept of mature citizenship that promotes the acceptance of others, abhorring the any mentality based on refusing sectarian, ethnic or cultural diversity for tolerance to be fostered among youngsters.
The panel also suggested issued a code of conducted inspired by international standards to fix the criteria governing the educational profession and its relation with other social segments.