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The overall objective of the Mama Sosa project is to empower young women in Kanyama to have a voice through the promotion of citizen journalism and use of up to date technology. More specifically, the project seeks to build capacity of young women in Kanyama to report about issues affecting their daily lives. Whilst at the same time raise awareness, within the Kanyama constituency and outside, of the position of women in Kanyama.

The ‘Mama Sosa’ Project is an extension of the Vichitika Youth Active Citizen training programme which was implemented by House of Consciousness (HoC) in May 2014 as a component of the ‘Media Junction’ project. Through the training young women have been able to go into their community and gather information about the issues affecting young women in their communities. The current Mama Sosa is implemented as a component of the Speak Up Zambia project in partnership with Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and the Alliance for Community Action(ACA), funded by the European Union. Reports produced by the trainees are posted on the Mama Sosa Facebook page and Youtube channel. This dedicated website will publicise the reports.
The ‘Mama Sosa’ project is all about citizen journalism through the use of information technology. The programme works with young women from three different townships namely, Kanyama, John Laing and Chibolya. The programme highlights the generation of local content, the efficient and targeted delivery of information in English and local languages to mainstream media, and internet social networks for sustainable development.


Trainees are taught basic journalism skills and the use of a new tool and mobile application called Storymaker. StoryMaker has been specially developed by Free Press Unlimited in close collaboration with Small World News and the Guardian project. The application will be loaded onto the smart phones that the participants will receive for reporting purposes of the course.

The five-day training sessions will impart essential skills to participants around professional audio and video production and editing. The workshop curriculum is tailored to suit a target group that has had no prior, or very little, experience in or with journalism. It nevertheless entails high quality training in journalism, with the acquisition of sound basic skills for reporting for online media.

During the training participants will learn the following:

1. The use of the mobile telephone as a video camera (reporting tool)
2. Editing video and audio reports on the mobile devices
3. Visualisation techniques
4. Principles of journalism
5. Script writing
6. Security

The training will pay sufficient attention security for reporting and disseminating information.

The total period of training and mentoring will be 8 working weeks for trainees spread over a period from April to May 2015. During this period, the trainees will submit at least 2 reports, consisting of an audio and video report, per week of between 2 to 3 minutes (a higher production number is encouraged where possible).

The trainer and mentor will assess the trainees’ work and provide relevant support and feedback. Weekly feedback sessions will be organised and participant agrees to attend.

Following the successful conclusion of the entire training and mentoring course, trainees shall obtain a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony to be organised as part of the project.