African Journalists and Editors Training and Capacity Building Program on AU Transformation, APSA and the Coverage of the 20th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today marked the opening of a two-day joint African journalists and editors training and capacity building programme on “pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”, organised by the Directorate of Information and Communication and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).
The objective of this effort is to create a core of journalists who are sufficiently informed to be multipliers of information on African development issues. Specifically the media training aims at:
Enhancing awareness among media practitioners on the institutional transformation of the AU and on the structure, functioning, challenges and prospects of the African Peace and Security Architecture and its linkage to other sub-regional, regional and global organizations;
Enhancing awareness of the broader African development agenda
Facilitate dynamic interaction between African journalists and key actors, based on contacts at AU headquarters;
Facilitate the creation of a network among relevant journalists/ editors in the target region on integration issues especially those on peace and security; and
Encouraging continued production of articles, reports and programs based on AU and African development issues after attending the Summit.
On behalf of the African Union Commission, the director of Information and Communication, Mrs Habiba Mejri Cheikh reminded participants that the Commission and its leadership pays a great deal of attention on enhancing the African media development.
Furthermore, she prompted that the African media can play a big role in influencing people’s decisions and attitudes. She said reporting is a heavy responsibility that all journalists engage in, and reminded them that the directorate of Information and Communication of the African Union Commission is here to facilitate their task.
“A well-informed, equipped and developed media has a crucial role in promoting and reflecting on Africa’s development, integration and security” said the director, and for this to happen, such joint training programs for the media are important, with the aim of enhancing awareness among media practitioners on the African Union and its linkage to other sub-regional, regional and global organisations. The DIC FES partnership has been a success in this regard, she added.
On behalf of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung (FES), the organisation’s resident representative in Addis Ababa and AU, Mr Arne Schildberg began by expressing how this collaborative workshop can be an instrument in generating critical discussions and initiating productive dialogue on pressing continental issues, the Commission’s work and the state of the African Media.
He also reminded that Africa is clearly on the path of socio-economic transformation and commended the African Union’s continued effort to promote peace and security and addressing key challenges affecting the continent.
The workshop is being attended by a dozen journalists from different organisations across the five regions of the AU.
African Union Commission (AUC)