Fesmedia recently undertook the task of teaching children and young adults about their right to have access to information in Havana, Windhoek on the 28th of September.
The main aim of the project was to raise public awareness on the vital role that access to information plays in not only their personal lives but also its importance to democracy. This workshop was aimed at children but also sought to make a point on the issue on a larger societal scale and the workshop coincided with the International Right to Information Day.
These complex concepts were communicated to the children through various creative channels to stimulate their creativity and imagination. Especially for children, drawing and painting helped to develop skills such as interpreting, critical thinking, and how to make choices based on visual information.
Fesmedia is a media project by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Africa and they mandated to seek the promotion of the development of a free and open media landscape which enables not only journalist and media practitioners to do their job unimpeded but also create a society where the constituents of a nation can be active and informed participants in the economic, social and political processes of their nation. Additionally, they also seek to promote freedom of expression, freedom of information and the media’s role of facilitating dialogue in society.