Media Center Expands To Africa

April 14, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — For the third time, Community Media Center will travel to Africa to provide media education in Ethiopia.

While expanding the program to Uganda, Jason Crow, CMC's project coordinator will lead a team including Jean Donohue of Media Working Group, CMC's partner in the mission, for six weeks of media training to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

"I am excited to return and continue this critical work to use media as a catalyst for education in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in north central Africa," said Crow. "Empowering people to use technology to tell their own stories and spread the education about the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS can save lives."

The CMC is contracting with the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), a division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to bring media to the people of Ethiopia and Uganda.

"This is a natural extension of the CMC's mission to build community through media, we just stretched the community across the globe," said Dirk Koning, CMC executive director.

The project will run from early May to mid June and meanwhile the public can view video clips of past projects at www.mwg.org/education/ ethiopia/video.

The Community Media Center is a non-profit center providing media training, tools and transmission options to build community through media.

For more information visit www.grcmc.org.

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