Communications Centers in Africa, Europe and the Philippines
Establishing communications centers in each of the districts in Africa has been the first phase of the Central Conference Communications Initiative.
The creation of these centers addresses the need for communication among church leaders and members by providing computer, audio and video equipment. These tools can then convey lifesaving, life-changing information to those who have lived outside the scope of modern communications technology.
To date, funds have been raised to establish 15 communications centers:
- Democratic Republic of Congo (South, Central, and North Katanga)
- Cote D’Ivoire
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Uganda (Kampala, Uganda and Yei, Southern Sudan)
- Zimbabwe (two centers; one for each conference)
- Angola (Eastern and Western)
CCCI Training Events
Providing training for communicators and church leaders was and is essential for ensuring that equipment provided for these new communications centers would be effectively used, shared and maintained. The goal is to build a sustainable network of communications offices across Africa, Europe and the Philippines, allowing its local United Methodist churches to tell life-transforming stories to the people and to the global church.
Learn about where these training events have been held
By establishing community radio stations, The United Methodist Church will become a greater resource to address ongoing social, spiritual, and health issues and provide vital information in times of crisis. Radio is a particularly effective method of communication in Africa, given that as many as 50% of people in the majority of countries are illiterate. Many people own and rely upon handheld radios, which permit collective listening and are compatible with the African tradition of oral communication.
First radio station established in Liberia
A 300-watt radio station was established at the Liberia Annual Conference headquarters and dedicated March 3, 2007.
80 hand-cranked radios have been given to rural people in the Kakata-Farmington River, Gbarnga and Kokoyah Districts in Liberia for information access.
Over the next 4 years, we hope to establish 3 additional pilot radio stations and help ensure that these stations become self-sustaining. Finding money for taxes, salaries and maintenance are the main challenges for sustaining community-based radio.
United Methodist Church radio in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa broadcasted for the first time on Christmas Eve 2009, amplifying hope in a country still healing from a recent civil war. Radio Methos (101.6 FM) will shape content around the community and its needs, in the residents' own social and cultural context, and deliver it in their languages – reaching as many as 1 million people in Abidjan and 3 million in rural areas.
Amplify Hope by giving some of the earth’s poorest and most isolated people the ability to communicate and to become better educated. Put power back into their lives.
Learn more about this project and how you can participate.
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Working in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, a distance learning network will be established to enhance the communication centers that have been created.
These distance learning centers will use technology to create an effective and efficient communications network, linking United Methodists and Methodist churches, and delivering information on issues such as global health. The network will also connect United Methodist and Methodist-related institutions of higher learning, which will provide leadership development programs.
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