11.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Zambian wins #IPDCtalksSA Competition

Simukoko (in black jacket) at the #IPDCtalksSA event

Zambia’s Lolavye Simukoko won the first prize of the 2017 #IPDCtalksSA competition. He received a full size tablet for his efforts and also presented his infographic/poster on how online/offline media promote public access to information and civic engagement on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at an event held in Johannsburg, South Africa on 28th September 2017.

Diana Ramonare from Lesotho won the second prize (mini tablet) while Botswana’s Refilwe Mothibi won the third prize (smart phone).

Speaking on winning the first prize, Simukoko said he felt great that he had been recognized at regional level for his efforts in contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

“I am glad that I am significantly helping contribute towards the achievement of SDGs on an international scale,” he said.

The 23 year-old Zambian Mass Communication student spoke at length about SDGs and the role of young people in the achievement of sustainable development. He said the youth play an integral role in the achievement of SDGs so they should be engaged through training and being equipped with the necessary resources they need to promote SDGs, especially Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

He added that young people should be involved in policy making and implementation so that they can effectively help to create and implement fresh ideas on how to promote SDGs.

He said there is lack of awareness on SDGs in Southern Africa due to limited or no access to the internet, limited access to relevant information on vital developmental issues in the media, and lack of quality education in some areas, among other issues.

Simukoko reiterated that in order to achieve sustainable development, countries should fully utilize technology, step up Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and engage the youth in the promotion and achievement of SDGs.

The #IPDCtalksSA competition was organised as part of the 2017 International Day for the Universal Access to Information (ISUAI) commemorations. It was open to media students from countries covered by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Each country was afforded the chance to submit two entries into the competition. Participants were required to upload an infographic, image or poster addressing the question: “How can online/offline media promote public access to information and civic engagement on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?” Winners were selected through online voting.

The regional IPDCtalks event for Southern Africa was held on 28th September 2017 in Johannesburg as part of the IDUAI commemorations. The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa organised the event with the generous support of the Dutch Government, and it was jointly held with the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFA) 2017.

For more information, please contact: d.dlamini(at)unesco.org.


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