As stated in a recent article about the elections in West Africa, one of the essential ingredients for a lively democracy are citizens that are schooled in democratic principles as this allows them to play an active role in protecting democracy against anti-democratic forces. (See "Senegal, Mali and Democracy: Lessons for West Africa’s New Democracies" by Oladayo Olaide from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) http://www.osiwa.org/en/portal/newsroom/255/Senegal-Mali-and-democracy-Lessons-for-West-Africa%E2%80%99s-new-democracies.htm )
- Firstly, do you agree?
- What role are the media and other communication initiatives (eg.those using mass media campaigns, community media, interpersonal communication etc.) playing in promoting active citizens and by extension civic education in Africa? Let us know about your projects/activities or other projects you know about.
- What has made some of these initiatives successful and what have been some of the challenges?
- What else can and should be done by the media and communication practitioners working in the field of D & G to promote active citizens and successful civic education initiatives?
We would love to hear about your views, experiences, and ideas. Do you agree with the above statement? And what role are the media and communication initiatives playing in promoting active citizens and by extension civic education in Africa?
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Best wishes, Anja Venth Editor Soul Beat Africa