PaDen Network is an innovation hub that rides on the beauty of the arts, and digital media, to empower communities to tell their stories.Read More
Through ‘Generation Z’, ‘Action for Cli mate Together (ACT)’ and ‘Singing from the Tallest Trees’, Paden Network’s three anchor programs, community assets are activated, and the youth mobilized, to be bedrocks for citizens centered development – creating a movement that is both bottom-up, and drawing from community wisdom and solidarity.
One of PaDen’s three programs, focuses on empowering communities, principally through community arts and journalism, to express themselves while shaping the structure and tone of development dynamics at the lowest level.
The world is living without due care of the limited planetary capabilities – and green house gases are at an all-time high, and at this rate, there is no future. This is a wake-up call for the youth whose future is being compromised, and the solution lies in them self-organizing to challenge capitalists and awaken policy makers to the fierce urgency for change. Under this program, Paden Network intends to galvanize community actions, actions led by the youth and through art, to activate an ecosystem of actors that challenge policy makers and the government to prioritize pro-climate development.
PaDen Network’s programming is steeped in the youth, and all designs frontload them, thus it was natural to model our activities around ‘Generation Z’ – the focus is on projects that use digital media tools for advocacy. The aim is to promote the participation of the youth in political processes while challenging and upending repressive practices.
A natural leader, heavily involved in student organizing at the University of Zimbabwe where she is in the final year of her Medical studies. She has performed beyond expectations overseeing the governance of Chaseka Comedy, which is Paden Network’s program. She brings to the board her community organizing skills especially in student movement settings.
A former president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists and chief consultant with the ‘the Mirror’, he brings vast experience in mass media and communications gained over decades. Currently, he is the chairman of the Community Newspaper Association of Zimbabwe.
Valerie is a seasoned community mobiliser and academic. She brings her illustrious experience in the women movement to the board. She is an academic, having specialized in political science, and will help in better shaping the organization’s governance and democracy programming.
Munya is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, chief editor of Open ParlyZW (a citizen journalism platform in Zimbabwe) and program lead for Digital X (Magamba Network’s flagship program). He brings to the board rich experiences in the use of the digital technologies for activism.
The founder of Magamba Network, Zimbabwe’s most dynamic organization working on cutting edge culture, media, activism, and innovation. As the Creative Director of Magamba Network, the organization incubating PaDen Network, his experience is helping in better shaping internal administrative designs and programming capacity.
Nothing has changed in Zimbabwe yet, but the hope lies in young content creators and creatives who are working under difficult situations to change the status quo. They represent hope.
Paden Network is a fresh voice in activism that takes a proactive and strategic campaign from our homes straight to the national front! It takes a new twist to activism led by the youth for the youth!
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