Cartooning for Peace (France) and Buni Media (Kenya) launch a programme of civic education using press cartoons with European and African dimensions around the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2022, and in the context of the Kenyan elections in August 2022.
In partnership with the French Embassy in Kenya, the EUNIC Kenya network and the European Union in Kenya, Cartooning for Peace and Buni Media organize a series of activities designed for the general public and young people with the presentation of an exhibition at the Alliance Française Nairobi, trainings for educational professionals and regional and international press cartoonists, and discussions, masterclasses and workshops in Nairobi between 5 and 9 May 2022.
The project aims to increase awareness and advocacy to safeguard press freedom and democracy through the following actions:
7 May – 26 June, Alliance française de Nairobi, free entry
As a time when democracies, all over the world, are weakened by war, populism, disinformation, inequalities, injustices… and even pandemics, this exhibition highlights the power of press cartoons and satire to reflect upon, and remind us all, of the importance of democratic values, freedom of expression, and equality between men and women, to promote peace and respect for human rights.
The exhibition brings together cartoonists from Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Denmark, France and Switzerland. A pedagogical booklet is distributed to education professionals for advocacy programmes in schools and communities in Kenya:
5-6 May 2022, Alliance française de Nairobi, Education professionals, press cartoonists
Cartooning for Peace and Buni Media organize a training workshop for illustrators and educators on the use of pedagogical tools made up of press cartoons to discuss complex and and controversial subjects, to question and denounce divisive discourses and encourage practices that promote social cohesion, civic engagement and respect for freedom of expression.
Using the above mentioned pedagogical tools, cartoonists and educators will hold workshops and masterclasses with young people (from 16 to 25 years old) on the subjects of democracy, freedom of expression and human rights.
Masterclass and Workshops with Day Star University students
7 May 2022, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Alliance française of Nairobi, Day Star University students
One master classe will be held on Saturday, May 7 with Day Star University students and press cartoonists. The exchanges will allow the students to become aware of press cartoons and to address the different themes of the exhibition:
Facts, fake news, opinions and the role of cartooning and journalism in democracy during elections
Moderator: Alphonce Shiundu
Speakers: Herrmann (Switzerland) ; Jimmy Spire Ssentongo (Uganda) ; Celeste (Kenya) ; Dr. Wandia Njoya.
Workhops at community centers and schools
7 May 2022, 12:00-04:00pm, community centers youth
“Violence against women during elections”
Moderator: Jackline Nganga (Buni Media)
Speakers: Gayo (Tanzania) ; Alaa Satir (Sudan) ; Celeste (Kenya).
9 May 2022, workshops in schools
“Satire as a tool for civic engagement”
6 May 2022, 02:00pm, Nairobi University
Moderator: Patrick Gathara, curator at The Elephant
Speakers: Victor Ndula (Kenya) ; Alaa Satir (Sudan) ; Ozone (Kenya) ; Maddo (Kenya) ; Dr. Tom Odhiambo, Nairobi University.
“Democracy is an arse”
7 May 2022, 04:00pm, Alliance française of Nairobi
Moderator: Emmanuel Makundi, chief editor in RFI
Speakers: Gado (Tanzania-Kenya) ; Mr. T (France) ; Lars Refn (Denmark) ; Dr. Joyce Nyairo, Senior Lecturer, Moi University ; Yvone Okwara, Citizen K.
6-29May 2022, using #cartooningfordemocracy
A social media campaign will be run throughout the course of the exhibition on elections and democracy.
Celeste (Kenya), Gado (Tanzania-Kenya), Gammz (Kenya), Gayo (Kenya), Maddo (Kenya), Meddy (Tanzania), Victor Ndula (Kenya), Ozone (Kenya), Jimmy Ssentongo (Uganda), Stano (Kenya)
Herrmann (Switzerland), Mr.T (France), Lars Refn (Denmark) & Alaa Satir (Sudan)
A partnership that continues
Cartooning for Peace is delighted to see its collaboration with RFI Swahili, which began with the “Cartooning for Peace and Democracy in Kenya” project, extended by the contribution of cartoonists to the “Ukweli au Uongo” project, a magazine to combat disinformation produced by RFI Swahili in partnership with Benevolencija.