The Media Lab is a dynamic learning space that fosters an innovative environment for youths to learn creative tools to advocate for social issues and nurture democracy through civic engagement, public discourse & media literacy so they become responsible, socially conscious and active citizens. The Lab helps youth develop their innovation and interpersonal skills whilst also developing practical skills in photography, filmmaking etc. which allows for a holistic understanding of pertinent issues.
There are opportunities for youth to access ICT in cafes but very little done to motivate youths or offer capacity development to encourage civic engagement. Media classes offered in schools are theoretical, leaving students with limited practical skills; and school managements reach out to the Media Lab for assistance. There is a need for a creative approach to nurture civic engagement and inspire action which is core to the Lab's mission but the lab is in dire need of the right equipment!
BCMD will use multimedia and forums as a modus operandi to inspire civic consciousness and action through: 1. Camps on photography, filming, and podcasting etc to shed light on issues that concern youths. 2. Forums on pertinent themes where youths can exercise voice to share and exchange views. 3. Workshops on news and media literacy to develop a discerning mind in the digital age.
Media Lab will provide a free space for 200 youth and citizens to learn new skills and knowledge, and grow as citizens through effective communication, and leadership skills. Their learning of important social issues through photography, podcasts, and films will empower youth, marginalised groups, and citizens to participate in policies and decisions affecting their lives and communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).