Category Archives: Media Literacy

Opening a digital Window to the History of Cyprus

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This article was first published on page 16 of The Cyprus Weekly (8 February 2013).

Allow me to start with a few questions: What is the relationship between medieval Cyprus and media? How can centuries-old historical artefacts be brought to life by modern technology? Can a creative interpretation of cultural heritage help cultivate a vision of a common future in Cyprus? At a small gathering at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) on Saturday 26 January, celebrating over two year’s work on, the Cyprus Artefacts Treasure (CAT) media education project , the answers were clear in our minds.

A little bit of background to start with. In October 2011, and under the auspices of the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus, or ICFFCY for short, the participants in CAT 1 got together in a group comprised of 20 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot children from Paphos and Famagusta as well as 10 adults. What we wanted was to respond to the Brussels Declaration, adopted in January 2011 under the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, which called for, amongst others, the development and promotion of “pedagogies adapted to each audience, to all ages of life, to varying social and cultural backgrounds”. And what better way to learn about the creative use of media than through the lens of history and culture!

There is often criticism of so-called ‘bicommunal’ projects for not affecting significant changes, but we beg to differ. Because we knew what we wanted to do! Our bicommunal group of eager young Cypriots and enthusiastic educators met regularly over a period of 6 months during the CAT 1 and worked on 5 animation films which illustrated each in its own unique way, a little bit of Cypriot artefacts from the Ayia Irini collection. All of a sudden through the eyes of the children emerged a blend of creativity and history that brought to life a world long forgotten, consigned for the most part to history textbooks, encyclopaedias, and dusty museum displays. In that time we also published two educational booklets about Cypriot artefacts prepared jointly by ICFFCY and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR).

The excitement got the better of us! In May 2012 we launched the CAT 2 with the aim of building on the success of CAT 1, and to strengthen the bonds between our two partners, the Famagusta Cultural Association and Paphos Antamosis organisation. We realised that culture and media really could be used as a vehicle for promoting a shared understanding of both past and present, for promoting trust and dialogue, and for nurturing reconciliation. This time we were focusing on medieval Cypriot artefacts.

We traversed the island visiting medieval archaeological, from St Hilarion all the way to Paphos Castle. The work was not always easy of course – there is the issue of language that we had work with, and the very obvious impact of the division of the island. But where there is a will, there is a way. And our group leaders and volunteers worked tirelessly, with a smile on their face and with tremendous energy to keep the momentum of CAT going. In the process we managed to involve not only the children but also their parents, with people experiencing the ‘other’s’ reality, which was an equally rewarding experience.

Whether there will be a CAT 3 remains to be seen. But if there are parents and teachers out there who would like to become involved with our work, or would just like to find out more information about CAT, please visit our website http://www.icffcy-cat.com.

The CAT was supported by the Bicommunal Support Programme of the US Embassy in Cyprus and organised by ICFFCY in collaboration with Mağusa Kültür Derneği in Famagusta and Antamosis in Paphos.

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Momentum for Change: 14 Years of Community Broadcasting in Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has launched its latest publication Momentum for Change: Community Radio in Bangladesh – Voice of the Rural People.

Momentum for Change celebrates the 14-year struggle to open up the community broadcasting in Bangladesh, giving emphasis on its vital role in giving voice to the voiceless and aiming to help to bridge the information gap for rural Bangladesh.

There are currently 14 Community Radio Stations on-air in the country aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for rural communities. Altogether these stations are broadcasting up to 120 hours of programming per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 536 youth & youth-women are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters.

The work of BRNNC is an inspiration to all Community Media advocates across the globe, and we here at CCMC, are looking forward to learning about success stories from Bangladesh and other countries where Community Media is taking root!

Συμμετοχη του Κεντρου Κοινοτικων Μεσων Επικοινωνιας στην ημεριδα «Παιδεια για τα Μεσα Μαζικης Ενημερωσης»

 

To Κέντρο Κοινοτικών Μέσων Επικοινωνίας (CCMC) θα συμμετάσχει στην ημερίδα ενημέρωσης με θέμα «Παιδεία για τα Μ.Μ.Ε. και προώθηση των επιπέδων της Παιδείας για τα Μέσα στην Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία».

Η ημερίδα, που συνδιοργανώνεται από την Αρχή Ραδιοτηλεόρασης Κύπρου και το Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού, θα διεξαχθεί την Τετάρτη 10 Οκτωβρίου στις 09:30 π.μ. στη Δημοσιογραφική Εστία στη Λευκωσία.

Η παρέμβαση του CCMC θα ξεκινήσει στος 11:00 π.μ. με θέμα «Οι πολίτες παράγουν Μέσα. Μια άλλη πτυχή της Παιδείας για τα Μέσα», και θα επικεντρώνεται στην ίδια την παραγωγή Μέσων και πώς αυτή δομείται στο πλαίσιο της Παιδείας για τα Μέσα (Media Literacy), καθώς και στον ρόλο και την σημασία των Κοινοτικών Μέσων Επικοινωνίας (Community Media) στην Παιδεία για τα Μέσα.

Με βάση Οδηγία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής το θέμα Παιδεία για τα Μέσα Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης έχει ανατεθεί στην Αρχή Ραδιοτηλεόρασης της κάθε χώρας-μέλους της Ε.Ε. Η Αρχή Ραδιοτηλεόρασης Κύπρου προχώρησε στη σύσταση ειδικής επιτροπής για σκοπούς προγραμματισμού σειράς δράσεων που αφορούν στο κεφάλαιο «Παιδεία για τα Μέσα», και η ημερίδα αποτελεί σύσταση της ειδικής αυτής επιτροπής.

Η ημερίδα, σύμφωνα με δελτίο τύπου που εξέδωσε η Αρχή Ραδιοτηλεόρασης, αποσκοπεί «στην ενημέρωση των εμπλεκόμενων φορέων στο θέμα της Παιδείας για τα Μ.Μ.Ε. και σε συζήτηση και ανταλλαγή απόψεων για το πώς οι ίδιοι βλέπουν το δικό τους ρόλο στην ευρύτερη προσπάθεια προώθησης των μορφών και των επιπέδων της Παιδείας για τα Μέσα στη Δημοκρατία προς όφελος του κοινωνικού συνόλου».

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