Established in 1968, the department’s aim is to foster the different fields of social communications in the AMECEA Region.
“The Church as the Family of God growing in communication and committed to evangelization through the media.”
“To evangelize, inspire and empower the people of AMECEA region through the means of Communication.”
SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
The main objectives of establishing the department in the AMECEA region are:-
- To promote evangelization through the use of Media in the AMECEA Region. This entails revitalizing and continued emphasis on the role of the Small Christian Communities in Evangelization.
- To promote effective communication within the AMECEA Region and beyond. (IMBISA, SECAM etc.)
- To promote networking and sharing of human and material resources and professional training within the region.
- To enhance internal communication among members of the local Church through better diffusion of information.
- To set up effective systems that will guide the dissemination of information to the public.
- To ensure that Social Communications within the Catholic Church in the AMECEA region are effectively well coordinated and responsive to the growing social, political and cultural challenges. Preferential option for sustainable development against poverty, oppression and marginalization of people, persons affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. In addition, fight against injustices and promoting reconciliation as a better option for obtaining peace in the region.
- To provide guidance and a common foundation for all people concerned with Church communication, in particular, media practitioners and new entrants.
- To emphasize the importance of Social Communication and foster the training and on-going professional formation for all those involved in the Communication Apostolate. Our priority is to empower the Church leaders, Religious men and women and laity to play their active role in the Church and society.
- Episcopal Conferences in the AMECEA region.
- National and Diocesan Social Communications Coordinators.
- Catholic media industries and practitioners.
- Catholic dioceses in the AMECEA region.
- Local and international media partners.
- Other churches, Government and secular media practitioners.
- Bishops, Priests, Religious and other Catholic communities.
- Good leadership from Bishops, Executive Board, Secretary General, and others.
- Qualified and committed staff at the AMECEA Secretariat and national Social Communications offices. (Well established and accountable financial system at the secretariat office.)
- Resolutions from Executive Board Meetings and Plenary Assembly Meetings which give the mandate of our operation. In addition, documents from various reports, literatures and Observation of day to day activities helps us to know to face the challenges of communication.
- Funds – contributions from every Diocese in the AMECEA region.
- Episcopal conferences which become our co-partners in implementing the plenary resolutions.
- Strong existing partnership with external organizations like Pontifical Council for Social Communications, SIGNIS, CAMECO, MISSIO, Church in Need and other Catholic Donor organizations.
- Working tools (equipment) such as computers, video camera, video projector, internet, etc
- Already established media industries and structures in many of the Dioceses in the AMECEA countries.
- Willingness to work together starting from the AMECEA Secretariat, Conferences, Dioceses to Christian community levels.
Clear Vision and Mission of the department.
- Emerging favorable government policies in the region – Freedom of the Press and expression (with the exception of Ethiopia and Eritrea countries), adherence of Human Rights policies.