Empowerment through Arts and Media

Youth-made community map

Youths interviewing and filming the community 

Acting out child abuse/violence
Learning how to edit and caption

Nokia is sponsoring Plan International's extensive on-going, multi-country, arts and media youth program in Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Kenya, Egypt and Mozambique.
International staff, local partners and artists teach at-risk youth in rural areas the skills, knowledge and self-confidence to use media to create community profiles.  Building lasting media and arts-based research, analysis and communication skills with local youth will raise awareness on cultures, traditions and children's rights, in addition to supporting local communities.  
By 2010, all the media gathered from participating countries will be uploaded onto an interactive website which will include, video, artwork and curriculum.  Innovative mapping technologies will allow the user to search projects in specific regions.  
This program seeks to provide youth in Africa and other developing countries with tools to advocate change in their societies and government, as well as engage their peers locally, nationally and globally in understanding real issues affecting their area.
Plan Rwanda just recently implemented and completed a three week arts and media program in Gatsibo, located in the Eastern province.  Activities and lessons included filming and editing documentaries the children directed, as well as various art, painting and photography workshops. This is a really interesting project and am excited to see the end product.