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Make Media Matter! Asia-Pacific Youth Media Training Call for Applications

From community radio stations in remote mountain villages to smartphones in urban metropolises, the media have tremendous potential to empower, inform and inspire.

In August, UNESCO will be holding the five-day Asia-Pacific Youth Training on Media and Civic Participation. Industry professionals will join UNESCO communications representatives to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about the media in the context of our organization’s core values of building peace, eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable development and fostering intercultural dialogue. Young people will have a chance to learn about the media up close, with hands-on skills-building sessions and even a visit to a newsroom.

Youth will have the opportunity to make immediate use of the skills they learn at the training sessions as they will be invited to participate in the international conference that immediately follows it, “The Global Media Forum: The Role of Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All”. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interview and interact with some of the most pre-eminent media figures in the region and around the world in academia, government, civil society as well as those on the industry’s front lines.

UNESCO firmly believes that youth are an engine for social change and we want to help equip them with the skills they need to become agents of change in their communities. The Global Media forum provides a unique opportunity for discussion on how the media can contribute to development ahead of the Post-2015 dialogue, a discussion in which youth can and must play a central role.

Those between the ages of 15-24 are encouraged to apply. UNESCO will cover full expenses for a select number of applicants from least developed countries.

If interested, please, send the following documents to Sh.jak(at) and CC Mr Mikel Aguirre m.aguirre-idiaquez(at) before 22 June  2014:

A message saying what motivated you to apply and how you can contribute to this event. The message can be in any format – video, letter, audio, ppt, gif, etc.

A brief (written) summary of a successful initiative that you have been involved in and whether did engage with media in the process (max 1 page)

Updated CV

In the subject of the email, please write: ASPAC Youth Training on Media and Civic Participation.

UNESCO will announce the selected participants on 30 June 2014.

Full entry requirements and further details on the training are available here.