Fiji Media Watch intends to have sustainability of its development work in promoting media literacy in the schools and communities hence the development of MAC clubs in schools. It is proposed that there will be an increase in the number of MACs established in schools and communities in the Central, Western and Northern sides of Fiji, this is significant because it illustrates an increase in the demand by students for a more creative means by which the young people of Fiji could interact with various forms of media to express their basic human rights in the current political climate, through a forum which would enable them to be constructive and creative.
- Students will be empowered with media education and related skills as they acquainted with the types of mass media in a more appreciative and creative way.
- School students who are members of this initiative will create and establish media
production initiatives in their learning environment such as development of print
or audio media like radio spots and production of their own weekly/monthly
newsletter or hosted their own radio broadcast via the school PA system.
- Students will utilise the space and use media tools or mediums to express
themselves, share their opinions and inform their school community of critical
and relevant issues that affects the students learning.
- To promote the use of media education building medium as a means for
informing ones respective community on school related news updates, activities
and events. Power is transferred to the students and teachers themselves as they
learnt to construct news information and tell their own stories. Similarly, for
those that were not directly involved in the production or were not part of the
MACs, they all shared the opportunity to receive information of their community
activities and events.
- Students will learn to understand various media forms that will enhance their
learning and develop their media literacy skills but also enable the young people
and school children to understand and enjoy the unique aesthetic forms of media
that is easily accessible to them.
- f) The Media Education skills will foster creative analytical approached taken by
different schools and will assist the children strengthen their resort to positive use
of media tools to further advance their learning especially in Fiji, the English
Language which is not often their language of instruction; as well as sharpen their
analytical skills to review and critic literature when exercising their human right
to freedom and an opinion as young people.
- The current national school curriculum in Fiji has prompted the demand for
children to produce Classroom Based Assessments(CBAs), hence the heavy
demand for children to research widely current and global affairs and produce
various tasks that contributes to their coursework, this is an initiative that recently
being introduced in primary schools and has been gradually practiced in
secondary schools. The promotion of media literacy, reinforces the parents and
students to wisely use the media to enhance their learning and research work. The
rural dwellers are empowered to use print media as secondary data for the rural
based students. This enables the people to embrace media and use it positively to
enhance their learning.
- Students and teacher trainees are taught to use media education skills and use
forms of media to advocate messages that will contribute to peace and conflict
resolutions, such as advocate for Child’s Rights to an education or learning
environment free of favouritism, bullies and unprincipled conduct by those in
authority. For instance members were empowered to express their concerns by
printing their messages of peace on banners which were later hung over a public
viewing area for all to see. The media advocacy handkerchief project was a form
of peaceful dialogue between students and school authorities that has proven
Adults and parents especially will be confident to embrace and be awaken to the impact mass media can have on the lives of their children, they become responsible media users who are proactive and are able to introduce alternative TV programs. For the Pacific, the culture of science is prevalent and at times the passivity that comes with it may contribute to lack of parenthood in guiding the young people to exercise time management and use the media tools for development in the home and community as mediums and resource banks.
- Rotuma High School
- St. Agnes Primary School
- Navesi Primary School
- Veiuto Primary School
- St. Anne’s Primary School
- Ratu Filise Primary School
- Tagaqe Primary School
- Sigatoka Methodist Primary School
- St Joan of Arc Primary School
- Nadroga Sangam Primary School
- Korovuto Primary School
- Vuda District Primary School