Monday, November 23, 2015

Creative Digital Media Forum

Last Tuesday, the 17th June, 2004 I was privileged to attend the first ever Creative Digital Media Forum at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka. The Forum brought together the creative sector and stakeholders from the Government and education with an interest in creative digital media in Zambia to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the sector. The Forum also sought to look at how creative digital media was being organised and how it can contribute to development in Zambia. Internationally, digital media is providing access to information, knowledge and access to services in the education, health, tourism, agriculture, mining, business and public sectors. In Zambia, a Diploma in Digital Media programme commenced in February 2014 at the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce. I was part of the team that visited the class (in photo below) on 16th June, 2014. It is quite evident that the youths are very creative and require support to be even more creative.

The Forum looked at topics such as:
  • Digital Media Industry in Zambia
  • The Role of Digital Media in Communicating Information and Ideas
  • Digital Media and the Creative Arts Sector
In attendance at the Forum was the Irish Ambassador to Zambia, His Excellency Finbar O'Brien. Key speakers were:
  • Mr. Victor Makashi, Director of Art and Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Arts
  • Mr Jerome Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer, GESCI
  • Mr. Daddy Chitalu, Tec hnical Director, Muvi TV
It was so encouraging to see a former student of mine, Mwanabibi Sikamo, whom I taught over 12 years ago, make a presentation on her she had creatively used a blog to discuss issues of gender that affect young ladies in Zambia and Africa. Read her blog for example: What's My Name? 

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