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With funding from UNICEF, Timveni Child and Youth Media Organisation is implementing a youth media project title Media for and with adolescents in Mangochi. The youth media project whose aim is to equip learners and young people in the targeted district with basic journalism skills to enable them actively identify and report on issues affecting their education in their communities.
The project’s pilot phase is being implemented in Mangochi district in the southern region of Malawi.
According to Youth Media Project Coordinator Ralph Nyirenda, the project is focusing on youths in forms 1 and 3, targeting 500 students in the district.
“50 young people underwent the first training in basic media skills. We identified active young people whom we are producing a radio program with. We took them to radio stations that we have partnered with to have hands-on experience. We have partnered with Umoyo Radio, Radio Maria and Dzimwe Community Radio in Mangochi,” Nyirenda narrated.
Timveni on 12th October 2017 held the first entry meeting to District Executive Committee (DEC) in Mangochi with the aim of equipping them with information about Youth Out Loud under Youth Media Project.
The meeting attracted 65 DEC members in the district.
On behalf of Timveni, Project Coordinator Mr Ralph Nyirenda gave presentation on the project’s summary, project activities, situational analysis and sustainability, partnerships and Networking.
Community leaders were informed about project’s radio programs, newsletters and online content produced by children about child rights issues that affect them in schools and communities Local communities.
At the meeting, participants recommended Timveni and UNICEF for the project but they asked how the sustainability and the partnership will be with the stakeholders.
They however wanted to know what role the partners will play during the implementation of the activities. One participant proposed that the project can be implemented in the district and it was seconded by two participants.