DVV International rewards best 2021 Adult Learning and Education journalists

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter best journalists in the 2021 Adult Learning and Education (ALE) were finally rewarded on Thursday with various prizes which included laptops, courtesy of DVV International.

The winners were Wezzie Gausi, of Times Group who wrote an article in The Sunday Times titled ‘Freed from Chains of Adult Illiteracy’ and Brenda Kaonga of MIJ FM in the electronic category for her story titled ‘Financial Investment: Key to Promotion of Adult Literacy Education in Malawi.’

Gausi (2nd from Right) and Kaonga (2nd from Left) pose with their awards together with DVV and MISA MALAWI officials

In 2020, DVV International in partnership with MISA Malawi introduced Adult Learning and Education (ALE) Media award which aims at awarding excellency in as far as the reporting of adult learning and education is concerned.

Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony, DVV regional director for Southern Africa, David Harrington, said they value the crucial role that media plays in promoting education in the country hence the coming up with the initiative.

“For us media is very important in education. It is one of the best channels to use in promoting education, particularly, adult education. Therefore, we believe that working with journalists through MISA Malawi is a plus to us as an organization that promotes adult education,” said Harrington.

According to him, apart from the ALE awards, DVV International and MISA Malawi have also been organizing media training in order to empower the media with knowledge on the same with the most recent in December 2020 that targeted editors, sub-editors and senior reporters.

Receiving her prize, Gausi expressed her gratitude saying it was her first time to get recognition since she started practicing journalism in the country.

“I am very happy today having received this award, it is my first time getting such a recognition, it feels good considering that people are able to appreciate my work,” said Gausi.

On the other hand, Kaonga said getting the award was a “a great motivation” that she said will help her to work harder on reporting issues concerning adult learning and education.

DVV International is the Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V. (DVV), a German Adult Education Association.

It represents the interests of the approximately 900 adult education centres (Volkshochschulen) and their state associations, the largest adult education providers in Germany.

As a leading professional organization in the field of adult education and development cooperation, DVV International has committed itself to supporting lifelong learning for 50 years.

It provides worldwide support for the establishment and development of sustainable structures for Youth and Adult Education.

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