Uganda: A Toolkit for Media Reporting on Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance

The UNESCO Nairobi Office elaborated a toolkit for media reporting on peace, reconciliation and tolerance in Uganda that has been used to develop the local media’s (print, radio and community media) respective capacity. The project illustrates the positive role that the traditional and new media can have in making the culture of peace a tangible reality in Northern Uganda.

Reporters, editors and citizen journalists have attended a variety of journalism training modules on the development of a Culture of Peace, varying from peace journalism to the role of media in conflict resolutions/peace building and the use of ICTs in peace education.

The transformative power of ICTs for the empowerment of women and of the youth in the context of fostering a culture of peace and tolerance has also been stressed.

Educative programmes championing the messages of peace and reconciliation were also produced to be broadcasted by local radio stations.

The training on conflict sensitive reporting was conducted in local languages. More specifically, the following seven stories on conflict sensitive reporting were chosen to be published on the Media Development Platform of United Press International (http://www.upi.com/UPI-Next):

-           Ngeca Gladys – Missing Persons in Uganda;

-           Alex John Otto –story on a Ugandan village's “oil curse”

-           Group work project / cattle sales – Onyango Joseph

-           Brenda Kinyera - Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever story

-           Clement Arua – Road Conditions Hindering School Travel

-           Ronnie Layoo – Corruption among administrative officers

-           Felix Okello – High taxes hinder cross-border trade

 

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