Empowering Young Voices to Tell Stories that Matter

Raising voices. Telling impact stories. One story at a time.

Recognizing critical role that media plays in promoting social and economic progress in poor settlements, the centre for Community Organisation and development (CCODE) have taken the initiative to train young people in media production, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to create compelling content that can drive positive change. The trainings provide an opportunity for young people to build together more open, inclusive and resilient communities. The training has brought together 26 young people from informal settlements in the city of Lilongwe.  The trainings are under the hashtag a dignified urban life

Through this training program, young people are being empowered to take an active role in their communities, to tell the stories that matter, and to engage with critical issues affecting their lives. Thus, the stories are expected to embed an evidence-based approach to community advocacy campaigns. It is also expected that the training will create opportunities for personal and professional growth for young people who are struggling to secure jobs or get capital to launch small-scale business.  

We are completely aware that the media has the ability to sway public opinion, affect legislative choices, and motivate behavior. We can look forward to a brighter and more inclusive future for everybody by using the power of media for social good and involving young people in this endeavor.

Happiness Zidana, Learning Compliance and Quality Assurance Officer – CCODE

The training targeted young people aged between 18 and 35. A total of 26 informal settlements youth, with 12 ladies and 14 males, have been equipped with the skills in videography, photography, graphic designing, script writing and audio production. Through this program, the youth have not only learnt valuable skills in media production, but they have also gained a deeper understanding of the issues facing poor communities and how they can use their talents to make a difference. By providing them with the tools and resources they need to tell these stories, the voices of those who are often overlooked and marginalized will be amplified. Moving forward CCODE plans to mobilise more resources to reach out to more youth from the city and also to expand the program to other regions.

In Malawi, a local NGO, the Center for Community Organization and development (CCODE) is providing media trainings to young people living in informal settlements. The process is being supported by the Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

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