MEDIAFORUM Archive 1988

East Africa: Twenty Years of AMECEA Communications Department
par Michel Philippart (4/1988)

AMECEA appears very much to be one of the first regions in Africa - and also beyond the bounds of that continent - to have foreseen and recognised the value and significance of communications for the Church. Indeed, since the end of the 1960s, it has pioneered the establishment of integrated structures and planning for communications at both national and regional level, in particular through project co-ordination and the professional training of communicators. Nevertheless, the critical observer must retain a clear-sighted approach: there is an urgent need for reinforcement of the core communication structures within AMECEA, and in particular for a sustained effort to train communicators and to stimulate a renewal of the creativity and imagination essential to their vitality.