The Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mrs. Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh, has emphasised the critical necessity for significant investments in the media sector, particularly building the capacity of journalists in the country.
She made the call yesterday during the launch of Phase II of the Media Capacity Enhancement Programme (MCEP) at the Dworwulu’s campus of the University of Media, Arts and Communication (UniMAC-IJ).
Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh underscored the pivotal role media practitioners play in the industry and stressed the importance of equipping them with the skills and knowledge essential for professional and ethical performance.
Highlighting the multifaceted role of the media, Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh affirmed its significance in informing, educating, entertaining, and holding duty bearers accountable.
Phase I successes
She further acknowledged the success of Phase I of the programme, citing positive changes, empowerment of media professionals, promotion of diversity, and enhanced content quality.
Expressing hope for a more informed citizenry, she asserted that the capacity building initiative aims to transform information from a privilege for a few into a right for all, especially with the upcoming 2024 general elections.
The Secretary-General also reiterated the Ghana Commission for UNESCO’s commitment to supporting the Ministry of Information in advancing UNESCO’s work in Ghana.
She expressed anticipation for the impact of Phase II, pledging continuous support in creating a vibrant, inclusive, and resilient media landscape.
She also commended the Ministry of Information, and other key partners for their commitment, collaboration and diligence in making the initiative a reality.
Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh highlighted UNESCO’s dedication to promoting free, independent, and pluralistic media.
She further described the project as a bold step towards enhancing the capacity of Ghana’s media practitioners, aiming to ensure quality and effective reportage crucial for safeguarding the nation’s democracy.