Kazakhstan: webinars for rural-online centers in Kyzylorda region

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© UNESCO Almaty
07 July 2016

From 7 to 16 July Journalists Support Center "Minber" with the support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty conducted webinar trainings for representatives of voluntary youth teams and leaders of ten online centers.

The main goal of the trainings is teaching the local population to publish problem-oriented news in villages of Kyzylorda region: Akkum, Madeniet, Sulutobe, Enbekshi, Shizhaga, Kambash, Zhalantos, Orkendeu, Inkardariya, Akzharma and improving access to local information.

Online centers play a catalyst for social, political, moral and cultural development and promote harmony among all members and sectors of the villages communities.

Trainings contribute to the creation of sources of information in rural areas, alternative community media with the help of ICT literacy, as well as increasing legal literacy and media in the dissemination of information, the improvement of ethical dissemination of false and credible information and promote the protection of the most vulnerable groups, including women, children and youth.

Webinar participants familiarized themselves with the work and capabilities of search engines and webinar platforms. The participants also got acquainted with the mobile app "Voice of Kyzylorda", which was designed for villagers of Kyzylorda region. This application enables read blog of villages, created with the participation of women and youth. In addition, the application provides access to digital libraries with UNESCO and the Republic of Kazakhstan resource materials.

Trainings contribute to improving media literacy, information capacity of the local population, the role of local authorities in the dissemination of information and the level of access to the local information.

After the training, the trained citizens and a group of volunteers at online centers will develop community-based media in the Kyzylorda region.

The webinars videos available here.