“Educating Youth for Responsible Global Digital Citizenship” is the theme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the US$50,000 prize is divided between two winners. This prize rewards activities that demonstrate best practice as well as creative use of ICTs to enhance learning, teaching, and overall educational performance.
To counteract the paradigms of development, growth, power, wealth, work and freedom embedded into the current public policies, research and teaching programmes, we need to consider the political and economic power asymmetries, the corporations-oriented public policies, the effect of megaprojects associated with increased pollution, corruption, consumerism and the appropriation of thoughts and bodies as commodities for sale.
Building social meanings beyond marketed technologies, creating new forms of individual and collective identities, imply the development of critical thinking in view of the essential conditions for the quality of life (education, security, health care, food, shelter, clothing) and a warning against “development projects” related to pollution, corruption, consumerism and the appropriation of thoughts and bodies as products put up for sale.
Reaching out to academia is important because academia contributes to the development of human resource needed by organizations to implement C4D.
In my context Universities do not even have a C4D module in their degree programme. Be that may every year Universities channel out Journalists/ Public Relations/Marketing graduates who then get C4D jobs in either UN or international NGOs etc.. .These graduates will be lacking theoretical knowledge on application of C4D strategies. As such there is a gap that exists between the academia and field.
Many best wishes and much support for your very important work.
UNICEF (Through Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D), The Communication Initiative and other organisations are working togther to develop a possible global mechanism to help advance the impact, scale, contribution and influence of the communication and media development, social and behavioural change field of work. You can find a summary outline of this initiative at this link along with some comments from the network.
Many best wishes. The Communication Initiative and UNICEF New York (Rafael Obregon, Chief of Communication for Development leading) are workng to assess the potential added value of a new global mechanism to advance further the communication and media development, social and behaviour change field of work. There is a brief orientation to this initiative at this link. We are working to ensure that there is input into this possible development from a wide ranging set of people and organisations engaged in communication and media development, social and behavioural change. if you are interested to engage we would love to have your input.
The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is inviting front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and CGPP member NGOs to polio eradication. They hope to publish 10 such articles in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal as a way of sharing critical lessons learned in the past 18 years, highlighting successes, and promoting the tools, strategies, and innovations developed by CGPP that have relevance for control of other important diseases.
The deadline is March 17, 2017.
The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, economy, sexual & reproductive justice, and violence against women. Yet it is 100 years since the first International Women’s Day (1917) was celebrated. The key question is what is the international community is going to do to promote gender equality that is different, apart from devoting a SDG to the same (SDG 5) and integrating gender equality into few others - like end poverty, end hunger, ensure healthy lives and ensure equitable education?
Please provide me information regarding how to mobilize a rural community in Rajasthan, India and sensitize them towards social issues.