SIGNIS-Africa meets and strategizes for a better future
Abuja, Nigeria, July, 9th, 2018 (SIGNIS Africa). Delegates and members of SIGNIS-Africa, the Catholic Association for Communications, met recently in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria for a strategic management meeting. Welcoming the Bishops and delegates, the President of SIGNIS-Africa, Rev. Fr. Prof. Walter C. Ihejirika, noted that the meeting was convoked to conclude the ongoing review of the regional constitution as well as assist the Executive Board generate ideas towards drafting a clear road-map for the continental body. In his opening address, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo diocese, Nigeria and the Episcopal Chairman of Communication for the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) commended the Executive Delegates of SIGNIS-Africa for their effort, noting that, “such review for correct strategizing as this, is essential for any association that aims at progressive and qualitative existence”. In his own address, Bishop Denis Isizoh, Auxiliary Bishop of Ontisha Archdiocese and Episcopal Chairman for Social Communications, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) challenged SIGNIS-Africa to be at the vanguard of telling the stories of the many positive things happening in the continent. According to him, “… if we Africans do not tell our stories, no one will do it for us”. He also charged them to be balanced in their news reporting and avoid the peddling of fake news. After two days of intensive deliberations, participants harmonised the revised Constitution. They also arrived at a number of resolutions which were to be considered as priorities for the Association in the next three years. Among these are: a) Formation of SIGNIS as a distinct association in all countries in Africa using the SIGNIS-Nigeria model where possible. It is expected that before the end of 2019, every member nation of SIGNIS must have complied with this initiative. b) Ensure effective collaboration among the member associations of SIGNIS-Africa, the National/Continental Departments and Directorates of Communications, like CEPACS, the Regional/Continental Episcopal Conferences and with African Communication professionals working in the Vatican. c) To promote training and formation in African countries, through media education and mentorship of youths who are interested in media and communication. For this reason, CommLab (the youth wing of SIGNIS) and Research were added as major components of the Media Education Desk. A very important resolution adopted at the meeting was the need to set up a SIGNIS-Africa Foundation. When fully operative, the Foundation will promote creativity in communication and provide funding for Catholic media productions in the continent. The Executive Delegates were mandated to explore the possibilities and modalities for setting up the Foundation. All the resolutions adopted at the Abuja meeting will be presented to the representatives of the member nations, and when approved will constitute the mission plan for SIGNIS-Africa. In the spirit of inter-religious and ecumenical dialogues, the Delegates visited the National Mosque and the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja. The meeting concluded with a gala night dedicated to the 90th anniversary of SIGNIS.
SIGNIS launches its first Global Fellowship Programme in partnership with Jesuit University
Brussels, July 6th 2018 (SIGNIS) - In January 2019, the first cohort will pursue the Certificate in Compassion and Social Communications. The programme is the result of consultation and collaboration between SIGNIS and Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB), India. The intensive programme in Compassion and Social Communications was developed by Xavier Center for Humanities and Compassion Studies (XCHCS) in collaboration with the Xavier School of Communications (XCOMM). The programme integrates LAUDATO SI: Caring for Our Common Home as its key component. SIGNIS invites young Catholic media professionals looking for a learningful journey to sign up for the fellowship programme. The language of the programme will be English. For more information on the programme, please download this document. General Information To register, please download and complete the application form: Application Form.pdf Application form.docx Fill it and send it before September 30, 2018, to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org