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SUSTAINABILITY AND LOCAL OWNERSHIP
Midterm review of the Media Project
Review of Journalism and Communication Education
Training in Mozambique
support to Radio Mozambique
Landscape in Portuguese
A new staff member for the Media Project
ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY AND LOCAL
Sustainability is always the key word, whenever it comes to “sowing” an idea, a
project. You always start by asking to yourself: is this the right
seed?If not, then what kind and quantity of fertilizer is
needed? Is the land fertile enough? If not, then what kind
and quantity of fertilizer is needed? It can take you for
ages, before you get the correct answer, as all you really want is a
good harvest season tomorrow, and just a big farm today.
With the permanent advise and support from the project’s different
stakehdores and participants, these are the concepts and strategies
the Media Project Management Team (PMT) has been pursuing in the implementation
process of the many components of the project, presently primarily
concentrated on two important subjects:
Technical support to independent media
Support the establishment of community radio in Mozambique
Communication Centers: Following the National Consultative Meeting in September
(see UPDATE 7, October), the PMT traveled to Chimoio to design
action plans with media groups from Sofala, Manica and Tete,
for the installation of three communication centers in Beira,
Chimoio and Tete city, respectively. This day long workshop took
very practical decisions to speed up the installation of the first
computer with internet connection, a printer, and a telephone line
in each one of the three sites, to help both and Maputo-based print
“More than ten Media Operators. The communicating centres are
expected to give technical support to more than ten local emerging
media, including: Beira Jornal, Autarca, Desenvolvimento Rural and
Antevisao in Beira: Megajornal: Regional Centro and GESOM in
Chimoio, and Fax do Interior, Jornal do Interior, Jornal de Tete and
Embondeiro, in Tete.
Community radio. From Chimoio, the PMT travelled back to Maputo, to
receive nine representatives from the Community Radio Installing
Committees in Cuamba, Chimoio and Homoine, who had come for another,
intensive, two-day workshop on “designing plans of action”.
In a homely atmosphere, as the project’s conference room hosted
the meeting, the three groups went through the central question of
“how to really make it work”,with discussions focusing on
subjects like: Mission, needs assessment, organizational structures
This is, in short, the Media Project uses to prepare sustainable
structure, i.e., “tomorrow’s good harvest”: through
local organization and a deep-rooted feeling of ownership.
review of the Media Project
A midterm review of the Media Project
implementation is to take place from 17 November to December the
2nd, for the Norwegian Embassy, one of the major donors.
The review, to be conducted by
Professor Helge Ronning, a Norwegian specialist in communication ,
and well knowledgeable of Mozambique and the region, is expected to
contribute for quality assurance of the activities by presenting
recommendations for adjustments in methods and procedures for the
The consultant field work includes a one week tour throughout Mozambique, for contacts with a number of project participants or beneficiaries in Beira, Chimoio, Homoine and Maputo, to assess effectiveness in the implementation of major components such as: Training courses, support in the establishment of Community Radios, creation of editorial teams and newsrooms now conceived as integratedcommunication centres.
of Journalism and Communication Education Training in Mozambique
The first Technical Advisory Group (
TAG) on training is being held on November 19, to prepare a major
study designed to propose a concrete strategic plan for upgrading
journalism and communication education and training in Mozambique.
In line with the Project document’s immediate Objective 6
which talks of “reforming and upgrading journalism training
institutions in Mozambique”, the review is expected to both assess
the education and training ongoing as well as to identify the needs
of the sector for human capacity at varying levels. On the basis of
the above, the consultant will be expected to submit a first
assessment of the needs for upgrading and reforming journalism
training to meet needs and pluralistic media in the country.
Apart from the state-sponsored School of journalism in Maputo,
Communication Studies have just been introduced in two private
universities in Mozambique: ISPU and the Catholic University.
support to Radio Mozambique
The implementation process of the Immediate
Objective 10 on providing technical support to Radio Mozambique
to help for a greater territorial coverage of is transmitting
services is about to start.
Following a recent meeting with the public service radio station's Management Board, the PMT is now concluding a terms of reference document to guide a specialist in as, sensing presently felt technical support needs of RM., in order to update needs expressed some five years ago, during the early negotiations phase of the Media Project.
The study is therefore expected to advise UNESCO on the appropriate
equipment needed, as well as. on possible training needs for its use
and maintenance, bearing in mind the locally existing capacity.
Pluralism Landscape in Portuguese
Cenario do Pluralismo dos Media is the Portuguese version of the abovementioned study, released by the project in July.
The Portuguese version of the study is expected to be available to
the interested public before the end of the year.
new staff member for the Media Project
Abubacar Selemangy Bacar, until recently a journalist of "Diario
de Mocambique" stationed in Chimoio has just joined the
project, as a national assistant programme specialist.
With this category, Mr. Selemangy will assist the Project Management
Team in their mission to carry out the many components of the
Projects, and this will include: preparation of Documentation for
advisory and consultative Project meetings, missions to ensure
effective implementation of field work primarily in the area of
community radio and communication centers.
on board, Abu!
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