23 Nov 2019

 

S. Sudan Media Development Institute (MDI) 2017/2018 and 2018-19

"AMDISS is working to make MDI a viable institution and financially self-sustaining media training institute in South Sudan. These efforts will eventually contribute towards creating sustainable functioning democracy while serving as a catalyst for human development."

S. Sudan Media Development Institute (MDI) 2017/2018 and 2018-19

Background:
Media Development Institute (MDI) was established in 2014 and has been operational under the auspices of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS). The main aim of the institute is to become a national media training institute with the ability to strengthen the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners and develop media professionalism including ethical standards in South Sudan.

With support from the development partners which include Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) for provision of the premises, the Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), the Internews with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Embassy South Sudan with funding from the State Department and UNESCO have all been working to build MDI capacity.

The institutional capacity is to provide short and long term sustainability of the training and entry level of practicing journalists and other media practitioners. AMDISS is working to make MDI a viable institution and financially self-sustaining media training institute in South Sudan. These efforts will eventually contribute towards creating sustainable functioning democracy while serving as a catalyst for human development.

In the first year of the project, NPA and Internews with funding from NORAD and USAID supported the development of eight modules (course units) as part of MDI curriculum. These modules included: Foundation of Journalism Skills; Writing Skills in Journalism; Basic Journalism Skills; Broadcast Journalism Skills; Media Law, Ethics Gender & Human Rights; Conflict Sensitive Reporting; Reporting on the Extractive Industry and Internship (Industrial Training).

The first batch of 19 (7 female and 12 male) trainees were piloted with this curriculum for nine months and graduated on November 28th, 2016. They were awarded an “Advanced Certificate in Journalism” in a graduation ceremony officiated by the Minister of Higher Education Research Science & Technology Republic of South Sudan.

After evaluating this curriculum in 2017, MDI expanded the curriculum by adding six modules which included: English Language for Specific Purposes; Mathematics for logical creative thinking; Newspaper & Magazine Production; Organizational Behaviour & Management to enable trainees manage themselves once out of MDI. Entrepreneurship as the globe has become more of employment creators than job seekers; and Fundamentals of Computers & Office Applications as the globe is digital.
 

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