24.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Seychellois media celebrated the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – 21 May 2019

Participants in the UNESCO media training workshop on culture in Seychelles ©Urny Mathiot

A UNESCO media-training workshop held on 21 and 22 May 2019 in Victoria, Seychelles strengthens the role of media in promoting cultural diversity and media pluralism in Seychelles.

The two-day workshop “Training for media professionals on media diversity and their role as a promoter of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” was jointly organized by the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Youth and Culture and the Seychelles Media Commission with support from the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in the framework of the UNESCO 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which Seychelles ratified in 2008.  

The workshop brought together 25 media and cultural practitioners from across the country to reflect on the role of media in promoting media diversity and cultural pluralism in Seychelles.

Mr. Ibrahim Afif, CEO of the Seychelles Media Commission, opened workshop and highlighted the importance of policies for culture and creativity being based on the freedom of expression. He also stressed the need for diversification of content, editorial independence and media freedom. He called on all participants to help improve synergies between the culture and media sectors, and asked the media to be advocates for culture and the promotion of cultural diversity.

During the first day of the workshop, the participants were asked to reflect on the role of culture in Seychelles and how it can be used for national identity, social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development. They learned about complementary definitions of culture as reflected in UNESCO normative instruments dating back to 1954, and identified their own definitions and meanings in relation to Seychellois culture.

The training involved capacity building in covering culture policies and legislation, the mobility of artists, integrating culture into sustainable development frameworks, and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are the four main goals of the UNESCO 2005 Convention.

UNESCO presented the findings and recommendations of the 2018 Global Report: Re-Shaping Cultural Policies, which was followed by a first “Create|2030 Seychelles Talk” on “Media, Culture and the Creative Industries in Seychelles”. Seven distinguished panelists led by the moderator, Mr. Pat Mathiot from the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation, discussed the meaning of “diversity of cultural expressions”, the link between media diversity and diversity of cultural expressions, as well as how Seychelles can support media and encourage diversity of local cultural content.

The second day of the training included presentations and practical exercises on investigative journalism covering culture, the role of arts and cultural coverage in media and the rights and responsibilities of journalists in the media. The participants also reviewed various sources for reporting on cultural industries in the media.

“This workshop was the first time UNESCO combined a technical training of media professionals in Seychelles linked with the theme of creativity and cultural diversity,” said Karalyn Monteil, Regional Advisor for Culture in the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. Participants in the workshop noted that the training enabled them to better understand their roles and responsibilities in promoting cultural diversity in Seychelles as well as the contribution of culture to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Links/URLs:

UNESCO 2005 Convention

UNESCO Global Monitoring Report

Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Create|2030 Talks series




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