Staff members of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) have received capacity building on the work of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) network during the MFWA Staff Retreat held on January 27, 2016 at Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The capacity building took place during a dedicated information session on the AFEX network at the said Retreat.
The AFEX information session introduced both old and new staff members of the MFWA to a brief history of the AFEX network, its operation, opportunities and its intended activities for 2016 and beyond. The session also served as a platform to gather input on how to improve the work of the network.
“The presentation on the AFEX network was good and quite detailed. It gave me in-depth information and understanding of its programmes and future prospects. In summary, I will say that it was apt, informative and captured the essence of the network’s activities,” Kennedy Tetteh, a new staff of the MFWA said after the information session.
2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Cameroon, Mirabel Nfihkela Ngong, who is currently on professional practicum with the MFWA and present at the Retreat, also shared her thoughts about the AFEX information session: “With the clear and elaborate presentation at the Retreat, I have come to understand the operations of the AFEX network better. The fact that AFEX is made up of the most vibrant Freedom of Expression organisations on the continent indicates the network has a promising future. I am confident AFEX has a bright future,” Mirabel added.
The AFEX information session was created by the MFWA at its Staff Retreat to enable the AFEX Secretariat share more information about the network, and to respond to any concerns staff members had concerning the work of the network.
“It was a great opportunity offered by the MFWA. This actually falls in line with our efforts targeted at creating more awareness about the network. We believe that once staff members within AFEX member organisations get to appreciate the work of the network better, they can help in creating more awareness about the network. We are therefore going to work more with member organisations so similar activities could be held in their respective organisations,” Programme Assistant at the AFEX Secretariat, Felicia Anthonio indicated.
AFEX is a continental network of freedom of expression (FoE) organisations spread across East, West, South and Central Africa who are also members of IFEX. The Media Foundation for West Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, serves as host the AFEX Secretariat.