2 Sep 2016

September 2016: NGO of the Month



EducommunicAfrik, Burkina Faso

EducommunicAfrik envisions a world where young people are critical, thoughtful, informed, engaged and empowered citizens. It aims at empowering young people to become critical media consumers and be engaged in seeking solutions to problems not only facing them but also those facing their communities through media and ICT.

Current projects:
As part of its Action Plan 2016, EducommunicAfrik is implementing several projects some of which include a new flagship pilot Junior Reporter Program. This program involves selecting and training adolescents and youth aged 15-24 years old in journalism and giving them the opportunity to:
·        Carry out (write for broadcast) thematic reports on the socio-political developments in their countries including Science, Technology, Innovation and Mathematics (STIM) and their perceived impact on the community, as well as innovations in communities;
·        Cover emblematic events related to democratic governance, peace and security and STIM in their respective countries as well as at the regional level (This includes elections, important meetings and conferences);
·        Carry out promotional and awareness raising campaigns on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Cyrille Guel, Founding Chair
Another project EducommunicAfrik is working on is the Programme M├ędiAverti. This Media and Information Literacy (MIL) program aims at strengthening the capacity of youth, adolescents and children from rural and urban areas of Burkina Faso in the analysis of media content and the use of ICTs for their empowerment and sustainable development.

Achievements:
As part of the Programme M├ędiAverti which was launched during the celebration of the International Youth Day (IYD) 2016, EducommunicAfrik, in collaboration with the Steering Committee of the Network of African Youth for Development (NAYD - Burkina), OXFAM and other youth CSOs including MysTICs and Blogueuses226 organized a training session on the use of Twitter and Google Hangout Live Broadcasting. The initial training involved twenty young people, with 50% being girls, who are based in Ouagadougou on 10th August 2016. This will be followed by a TweetChat with the Permanent Representative of UN Volunteers in Burkina Faso as well as a direct discussion with a high official of the Ministry in charge of youth in September.

EducommunicAfrik was invited to attend conferences across the world including the My African Union Campaign Continental Youth Forum that took place in Kigali from 6th to 8th June 2016. It also attended the West Africa Regional Youth Consultation on the African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women in Accra, Ghana at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) from 23rd to 24th August, 2016 under the theme “Promoting Young People’s Rights toward the attainment of Agenda 2063.”

Challenges:
One of the main challenges encountered by EducommunicAfrik while implementing its projects is the lack of key partnerships that can support it in effective implementation.

Currently, EducommunicAfrik is looking for potential collaborators in sending its junior reporters to cover events throughout the world. To learn more about how you can get involved in this venture by forming partnerships with EducommunicAfrik you can tweet the Founding Chair @CyrilleGUELL, send an email to [email protected] or check out their blog at educommunik.