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Lola Kenya Screen Appeals for Support

Junxia Mbithe Mbeti of Multimedia University of Kenya,, Video Production Intern

We have introduced cost-sharing charges for all our services with effect from January 1, 2016. This comes at a time when many not-for-profit creative and cultural initiatives across Africa are closing down due to ‘lack of funding’, ‘funding constraints’, or ‘lack of operational funding’. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer We, being a non-profit, non-aligned and non-sectarian organisation operating on humanist principles, rely on support from society to conduct our weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum, quarterly internship and annual festival programmes. Rather than close down, we are turning to the beneficiaries of our services to contribute towards meeting the cost of service delivery. The introduced ‘service charge’ will cover just 10%-20% of the cost of the service sought as our services must remain within the reach of every eligible child and youth in eastern Africa. RELATED:Zimbabwean Youth Flies to Kenya for Adventure and Learning Of particular concern is the continuation of the Internship programme that equips final year university students (and out-of-school youth) with job market skills besides contributing to their graduation grades. That Internship is crucial is underscored by the finding of a survey of the Inter-University Council for East Africa in 2014 that indicates that more than half of all graduating students in the five-country East African Community block lack hands-on skills for the job market. RELATED:How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information! We have since 2005 been equipping children and youth in eastern Africa with practical, entrepreneurial skills in Media and Information Literacy; Creative Writing; Cultural Journalism & Criticism; Event Planning and Presentation; Video Production; Web Development; and Graphic Design.

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My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer

Harry Kiplagat Yegon, Video Production Intern, From Technician to Artist, Lola Kenya Screen Internship, Nairobi, April-August 2015

By Harry Kiplagat Yegon Serving at Lola Kenya Screen as a video production intern over the past four months has been invaluable; it has boosted my production aptitude and given me better focus. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into pursuing Public Relations Career Lola Kenya Screen has equipped me well to effectively put in practice what I had theoretically studied in Journalism/Mass Communication. I can now say that I am a fully equipped media practitioner, something that I could not have flaunted before joining Lola Kenya Screen as I couldn’t really tell to which department of media I belonged. I am grateful for the support of the company’s managing trustee and creative director for being of a great help to me, especially during the time that I felt overwhelmed by the pressure of work. RELATED: How Filming Companies Can Help Boost Your Business I manage to complete at least 90% of the work given to me during my 16 weeks of internship. This is a great achievement by any standard. I was also exposed to other areas like film criticism, media and information literacy and talent and event management. I have now graduated from a purely assembly line technical producer to a creative one as well! It will be of great advantage if the management increases the number of interns in every department for more productivity to be generated. I also urge the management to come up with a television channel to produce and air cultural stories from eastern Africa through which video production interns could showcase their talents. This will further expand the screening avenues beyond the current weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum and annual film festival. Lola Kenya Screen offers 8-16-week internship to final year university students in Media and Information Literacy, Creative …

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How Founder’s Pre-School and Sunday School Teaching Experience Shaped Lola Kenya Screen

Curious children study moving images during a Lola Kenya Screen mobile cinema outreach.

The Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media initiative for children and youth in eastern Africa traces its history to pre-school and Sunday school where its founder used to teach. Ogova Ondego, who founded Lola Kenya Screen in 2005, sought to train and influence children and youth through hands-on-experience in things of interest to the generation of today and tomorrow through practical, hands-on experience in drama, music, writing and publishing. A teacher of English, Kiswahili and History, Ondego was in charge of drama and music co-curricular activities besides running debate and journalism clubs through which he helped develop the talent of students beyond the classroom. The Press Club he created not only published a magazine every school term but also created the motto and the banner that Enoomatasiani Girls Secondary School of Lower Matasia in Ngong Hills on the outskirts of Nairobi, currently uses. Ondego incorporated new media, especially motion pictures, in 2005 and founded Lola Kenya Screen to continue serving the needs of the generation of today and tomorrow. Based in Nairobi in Kenya but reaching out to the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region, Lola Kenya Screen was established as an audiovisual media festival, skill-development programme and marketing platform with a focus on children, youth, and family. Lola Kenya Screen works with festivals, schools, and governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world to cater to children, youth, family and professionals through weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum, quarterly internship and annual festival programmes. Stress is now being put on Media and Information Literacy and Information Communications Technology (ICT) in all of these programmes.

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