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‘Our Africa’ nominated for top media award

‘Our Africa’ nominated for top media award

SOS Children’s new website ‘Our Africa’ is in the running for a major award.

The site has been nominated at the prestigious One World Media Awards which showcase the best UK media coverage of the wider world. 

The annual ceremony is the UK’s foremost international media awards event.

A jury panel nominated ‘Our Africa’ above hundreds of other entries as one of three finalists in the New Media category. Results will be announced at an award ceremony in London on 8th May hosted by Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow.

‘Our Africa’ was created by SOS Children to celebrate our charity’s 40th year of working in Africa. 

Morocco filming - Our AfricaThe evolving educational resource features compelling and highly personal short films devised and filmed by children across Africa, presenting their own issues in their own ways.

Andrew Cates, CEO at SOS Children, says: “At the heart of ‘Our Africa’ are the children who have honestly and willingly filmed their lives. Their passion and their desire to show the world their homes, their culture, their history and their everyday lives make the resource inspiring. Young people in the UK can relate to ‘Our Africa’ and learn from it.

“In ‘Our Africa’ you can see Africa through the eyes of African children and learn about this great continent in a raw and compelling way that no book can describe.  Many hours and many people have been involved in the making of ‘Our Africa’ and we are thrilled to have been acknowledged at the One World Media Awards, a highly respected and prestigious award ceremony.”  

‘Our Africa’ leaves a lasting legacy to the children helping to create the films. Children are taught how to film, direct, edit and produce videos. Cameras and editing equipment are left with the children so they can further develop their new skills. 

Botswana filming - Our Africa‘Our Africa’ increases understanding of different cultures and demonstrates regional similarities and cultural distinctions across the continent, but also draws attention to potential social change - for example, in Malawi children talk about equal rights for women and the value of a good education for girls as a means of achieving equality. 

Everyone can see ‘Our Africa’ for free at: www.our-africa.org and also use the accompanying teachers’ resources at: www.sos-schools.org/our-africa-teaching-resources

You can also join the ‘Our Africa’ club and subscribe to a bi-monthly update about the site (see the button at the bottom of the ‘Our Africa’ home page). 

‘Our Africa’ is being formally launched at an event for invited guests at the Africa Centre, London, on 2nd May. Further supporter events are being held, initially in London, on 11th and 15th May. If you would like to attend these supporter events please email our emeritus trustee David Stranack at: david@stranack.co.uk