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Media and Information Literacy for Zimbabwe

The Interlink Academy and its long-time local partner Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE) implement a comprehensive Media and Information Literacy project in Zimbabwe. The four-year project reaches out to numerous communities in Matabeland.

The project aims to empower the people in Bulawayo and Matabeleland North and South with essential media literacy skills. The project includes an in-depth training of multipliers which will become our future community leaders and teachers, as well as establish local media literacy hubs.

The Interlink and CITE team on site in Bulawayo including (from the left) CITE owner and MIL Project Manager Zenzele Ndebele, Interlink lead trainer Erik Albrecht, CITE trainers Clayton Moyo and Helfer Nkomo, Interlink manager Werner Eggert and further CITE trainers Bhekizulu Tshuma and Sean Ndlovu.

Our sources of information have become diverse. News, facts, speculations, opinions and lies are part of our media diet. How can we make sense of the information that we consume?

In January 2023, all 36 community trainers enhanced their skills and exchanged their experiences in week-long workshop.

Through the MIL project, CITE and Interlink Academy, seek to help citizens in Matabeleland with knowledge and skills to navigate and act responsibly within the media world.

Community trainers deliver an instructional session during the Media and Information Literacy training of trainers’ session.
Standing at the training table from left to right: Nonhlanhla Mabhikwa, Pride Ndlovu, Tawanda Mukoma and Kuhle Nyathi.

The core aim of the project is to equip information users to:

  • Access credible sources
  • Competently use social media
  • Participate in decision-making
  • Protect their data
Chief Training Coordinator Bhekizulu Tshuma facilitates an energizer with community trainers at the Media and Information Literacy training of trainers’ session.

About Our Partner:

CITE is a Zimbabwean NGO that aims to create spaces for young people, journalists, creatives, and techies to interact with each other and most importantly new technology in the otherwise underdeveloped and repressed media environment of Zimbabwe. Through this CITE aims to empower the citizens of Zimbabwe and teach them proper access to reliable information and media.

Please visit their website for more information on CITE and their work. You could also download the project’s brochure or visit it’s local website.

Our second cohort of community activists posing for a final group-photo after their training of trainers workshop.