Programmes and Projects

programmes

AFRICMIL is leading the effort to introduce media and information literacy into the school curriculum across the continent. It also works to push for the inclusion of media education and information literacy into teacher training curricula. New media such as the Internet (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, etc) and mobile devices can complement old media as essential tools for education and development in Africa. Young people in Africa can use these pop culture tools to communicate in a positive and innovative way to enhance political participation and outreach and also substantially reduce the increasing involvement of youth in drugs, prostitution, and violence.

What the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy hopes to achieve is to facilitate and motivate access to this huge digital platform and new cultural and political communication tool, to promote greater awareness and understanding of the political processes and to expose issues and facts that will excite young people and help them make informed decisions and contribute to the development of the continent.

All Africmil programmes have a gender component and aim at using media and information to create social change. Our projects come under one or more of the following five broad programme areas:

MIL- Media & Information Literacy

  • Media and information literacy has become a vital life skill in many developed countries where people are learning to become critical thinkers and creative producers of media messages and, therefore, active participants in their societies.  Our MIL projects include, amongst others, a resource and after-school centre, Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY),  Drug Abuse and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE), Gender and Media Initiative (GEM), School Media Clubs/Media in Education Initiative (MiE) and Youth Environmental Support (YES).

RAT- Research, Advocacy & Training

  • RAT is the research, advocacy and training programme of AFRICMIL. It acts as a research and advocacy arm and a reservoir of knowledge and information that’s feeds into AFRICMIL’s content development. Projects under this programme involve: poster campaign and the following:
      • knowledge building through research and gathering of quality information which can provide policy makers, the media industry and general public with reliable data and information as well as  used to set progressives national agendas;
      • support on-going country-specific campaigns, including campaign for independence of the media, press freedom, passage of Freedom of Information Bills, etc., and national policies on media and information literacy and development of national youth media programmes with the aim of educating and enlightening children and youth about the role media and information play in national development;
      • Training and capacity building for students, teachers, parents, activists, and decision-makers on accessing information, working with the media, and using ICT to advance democracy

MYVC- Make Your Votes Count:

Makeyourvotescount.org is a grassroots-based initiative that works for free, fair, and credible elections and the active involvement of young people in the democratic process. Projects under this programme include voter education, campaign for the right of voters and support for electoral reforms.

Youth Link/Training Manuals:

Youth Link is a quarterly journal. It gets to schools, youth organizations, NGOs, government agencies, diplomatic circles and international organizations in Nigeria and outside. It is the most authoritative and dominant voice of young people in Nigeria and offers a veritable opportunity for youth self expression and dialogue.AFRIMCIL produces training manuals for students, youth, youth-based organizations, community groups, researchers, parents, educators, and policy makers. The goal of these manuals is to introduce young people, parents, teachers, and civil society to the different issues involved in media and information literacy. They act as guide for parents and educators to develop effective media plans that can be used at home, integrated into any classroom, after school programmes or youth organizations.

3D- Dialogue, Diversity & Development:

3D aims at developing a culture of debate, dialogue, and peace among young people. Mutual understanding and peace comes from information and awareness as well as exploring and doing things together. It is often said that when people don’t have a voice, their only defence is violence. Projects under this programme which include the Oral Testimony Project (OTP), the Youth Media Forum/Dialogue Series & Young Reporters Diversity Forum and Global Outreach Program aim to give voice to youth and advance diversity and peace using ICT and media platforms.

 

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