11.05.2010 -

Training in Namibia to build capacity of community newspapers

The Namibian newspaper The Caprivi Vision is organizing a series of training workshops on writing, news gathering, reporting, graphic design and marketing in order to reinforce the human capacity of community newspapers.

A very few newspapers in indigenous language currently exist in Namibia. The Caprivi Vision, which is published in English and Silozi and mainly distributed in the Caprivi region, is one of them. Since its inception, it has been publishing articles reflecting nation building, political investigations, HIV/AIDS, democracy and human rights - topics that are of most interest for the local public. Soon the newspaper will also be issued in Rukwangali to focus on the Kavango region.

 

The lack of skills in news reporting, graphic design and management, as well as the need for printing equipment and computers, prevent the newspaper from attaining its goals: to create a true reading culture and to stimulate a real debate about social issues in the country.

 

To address some of these issues, volunteers will be trained in gathering information about the Caprivi community and in sharing it with the rest of the country. The Caprivi Vision expects to become a platform that would increase the literacy rate in Namibia and raise people's concerns about their communities.

 

The training is sponsored by UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. This activity is being implemented within the framework of UNESCO's contribution towards strengthening free, independent and pluralistic media.




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