Training workshop for 12 Local (District) Correspondents and fresh graduates at University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-November 12-16, 2018
A 5-day training workshop was conducted from November 12-16 for 12 Local (District) Correspondents and fresh graduates at University of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The purpose of the training was to enhance the capacity of local journalists and fresh graduates of the university in theoretical and technical aspects of modern Journalism.The training is based on available modern and practical skills and tools of technical and editorial skills of community journalism. The new skills are expected to improve the quality of the journalistic products and strengthen the voice of local communities.
The activity was conduced in collaboration with the department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Swat, Mingora, whereas it is being sponsored by DW Academy.
Media House is working closely with different universities and press clubs in the capacity building of young faculty members and journalists.
Launch of “Report on Campus Life” tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in Universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa
The formal launch of “Report on Campus Life” was held by Media House with sponsorship of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on November 05, 2018 at Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall, University of Peshawar (UoP). The report is tilted “Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance at University Campuses-A brief report from FGDs in University Of Peshawar, Kohat University of Science and Technology, and University of Swat, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pakistan”.The purpose of the activity was to publish and launch the report for wide readership.
The event was graced by Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Prof Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan and Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali. It was attended by students including female. Aoun Abbas Sahi, the author, Dr Khadim Hussain, Managing Director Bacha Khan Trust, Mr. Akhtar Ali shah, former police officer, Dean Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Johar Ali, Prof. Dr. Anoosh Chairperson, Gender Studies, Prof Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak, Department of English and Applied Linguistics, and Prof Dr Jamil Chitral spoke on Diversity, Peace, and Tolerance.
To understand the structural factors and drivers that shape up thinking of students at universities, in 2017 with support from FES, Media House did Focus Group Discussions i.e Dialogue: Life at Campus in three universities of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) province viz. University of Peshawar, University of Swat, and Kohat University of Science and Technology with both students and teachers.
The Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Media House and FES to choose the highly pertinent topic. He emphasized the need for a broad-based approach engaging all stakeholders to address the issue of extremism and intolerance at universities. He also emphasized the need to provide greater cognitive opportunity to students to broaden their horizon and improve their dynamism. He pointed out that there is need to provide greater cross ethnic, religious, sectarian, cultural, and ideological exposure to students in universities.
“Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence”- October 25, 2018-Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The third “Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence”-Young Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan was held on Monday 25 October 2018 by Mediothek Afghanistan and hosted by National Newspaper Millat in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Representatives of young ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, artists and musicians, cultural icons, poets, students, ambassadors and representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, and Tajikistan participated in the festival.
His Excellency Mr Tariq Iqbal Soomro, the ambassador of Pakistan in Tajikistan attended the festival and appreciated the efforts of Mediothek Afghanistan, Media House Islamabad and other partner organisations. Mr Shah jahan Sayed CEO of Media House also spoke on the occasion while young ambassador Ms. Sanober Akram also spoke. Artists and musicians of the three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan reinforced the message of peace and connectivity of cultural values through local folk songs and music. From Pakistan, the local music group comprising Naeem Ullah Khan Tori, Ms. Bushra, and Mr. Nazar Muhammad played local music and folk songs.
The Pakistan delegation met at dinner with His Excellency Mr Tariq Iqbal Soomro, the ambassador of Pakistan in Tajikistan and the embassy staff where the delegation explained the goals of young Ambassadors program to the diplomatic staff and employees of the embassy. The Ambassador and the diplomatic staff explained ongoing cooperation of Pakistan and Tajikistan. On the second day of the festival, the participants visited the Narek plant with a 304-foot dam, one of the most important electrical power production plants in Tajikistan, and known as the highest dam in Central Asia.
The speakers at the festival emphasized the role of youth and people to people contacts in strengthening the values of peace and convergence in the region. The goal of the peace festival was to promote active regional networks among youth and civil society; to promote cultural, social, economic and social relations between the countries of the region to achieve progress and development. The first and second festivals were held in Kabul and Islamabad earlier.
This Project Young Ambassadors in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan under which the festival of peace was held is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project aims to impart mediation, negotiation, and leadership skills to the youth in these countries through training workshops; to create capacity and ability in youth so that they can act as mediator and reformer in order to promote regional convergence and secure regional peace.
Training Workshop for Local District Correspondents and Fresh Graduates, October 15-19, 2018, Hazara University, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
International Day for Universal Access to Information 2018 titled IPDC Talks “Good Laws and Practices for Open Societies”
Student Teachers Dialogue at Bara Gali Campus September 16 -19, 2018
A Student Teachers Dialogue was organised by Media House with collaboration of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar from September 16 -19, 2018 at Bara Gali Campus. The Dialogue sponsored by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) aimed to engage university students, young teachers, and experts. The activity included student-teacher group works, experts lectures, question-answers and open discussions on the broad themes including issues of youth, their world view, intolerance and extremism, role of governance in realizing opportunities for youth.
“Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence” by Media House on 12th September, 2018 Lok Virsa, Islamabad
Media House organized a peace festival titled “Festival for Peace and Regional Convergence” on 12th September, 2018 at Lok Virsa in Islamabad, in collaboration with Mediothek Afghanistan. The festival was part of the initiative “Youth Ambassadors in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan”. In addition to speeches by key speakers the festival had numerous activities depicting the culture of the three countries, including the intermingling of the youth from the three countries.
The festival was graced by H. E Mr Sherali Jononov, Head of the Tajikistan Mission in Islamabad and H. E Mr Shams Zardasht, Deputy Head of the Afghan Mission in Islamabad, representatives of German Embassies in Islamabad and Kabul Mr. Lorenz Strittmatter and Ms. Inga Tessendorf, Prof. Dr Qasim Jan former Vice Chancellor of University of Peshawar, Quaid e Azam University, and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Dr M. Salah Uddin Mengal, Chairman Press Council of Pakistan (PCP), Mr. Hamid Zazai, Mr. Rasuli, and Mr Atif of Mediothek Afghanistan.
The event brought together government officials, Youth Ambassadors of Youth Ambassadors Program from the three countries, university professors, academics, civil society and media activists; journalists; representatives of youth groups; cultural experts, icons, and artists; university students and citizens.
The initiative seeks to establish strong civil society and people to people contacts and active regional networks through the promotion of effective communication between civic and media organizations, improving relations and creating understanding and trust between groups and institutions and providing a platform for introducing/promoting the cultures, arts and customs of the three neighbouring countries. The idea is that building strong youth networks, cultural exchange, tourism and collaboration in art will promote regional peace and harmony
Almost all the speakers recognized numerous commonalities and common grounds between the three countries in terms of regional history, culture, and heritage. Regarding the very close mutual proximity with Afghanistan and Tajikistan there is hardly any doubt or confusion on tapping opportunities offered by shared geography, history, culture for broad based mutual cooperation and warm brotherly relations. The relations between the three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, should be ideally based on shared interests, mutual respect and common desire to promote peace prosperity, stability and development in the region. It hardly needs repetition that the regional stability peace and prosperity of the three countries is dependent upon close broad based cooperation. Especially the young generation should be aware of the opportunities and challenges in this regard. Strong regional youth networks and connectivity in cultural exchange, art, and tourism will pave the way for regional peace and harmony.
Media House Youth Ambassadors visiting Kabul Afghanistan as part of social and cultural activities of Mediothek Afghanistan- Media House Youth Ambassador project
Media House Youth Ambassadors visiting Ambassador, His Excellency, Zahid Nasrullah Khan at the Embassy of Pakistan In Kabul
Training workshop on “Mediation and Negotiation Skills” – 18-19 July 2018 – for 15 young students of various faculties and potential civil society and peace activists in City University Peshawar
Training workshop on “Mediation and Negotiation Skills” held from 18-19 July 2018 for 15 young students of various faculties and potential civil society and peace activists in City University Peshawar.
Led and facilitated by Young Ambassadors, Mr. Muhammad Zeeshan and Mr Maiwand shah, as the trainer and co trainer respectively, the training was conducted as part of the larger initiative “Young Ambassadors” by Media House Islamabad and Mediothek Afghanistan.
The aim of the workshop was to build the capacity of young university students, civil society and peace activists in “Mediation and Negotiation Skills”.