This week The Flete spoke to Alisha Konnoth and Georgina Miles, the former and current presidents of R:Ed Oxford, an organisation which centres around providing important educational resources to the African subcontinent. Here’s what we wanted to know:
What is R:Ed?
Right for Education (R:Ed) is an independent Ghanaian NGO with more than 6.5 million followers across more than 45 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. They provide learning materials to be a catalyst for social change by publishing free, culturally contextual content on subjects ranging from human rights, health, and African culture to business and sustainability. Experts and students from universities around the world contribute 350-500 word articles, which the organisation uploads to its website and Facebook page. Right for Education is rapidly growing, and has partnerships with the Wikimedia foundation as well as local radio stations.
How can Oxford students get involved?
By joining our content production team! The R:Ed Oxford society consists of approximately 50 students who are committed to helping Right for Education achieve its goals of expanding access to high quality educational material. We produce factual articles in English and French for publication on the R:Ed website, and author a termly magazine that provides longer opinion pieces on current affairs. By working with us you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a fantastic cause and to expand your perspective on the topics you write about. Applications are now open to work with us in Trinity this year!
What role does R:Ed’s journalism play in helping with education?
One important aspect of journalism like R:Ed is that readers have access to information and journalism specifically written to be Afrocentric. This is achieved through many of the articles being centred around real-world African examples to help illustrate the often abstract concepts that are discussed. In addition, the journalism at R:Ed aims to be as neutral and simple to understand as possible, something which sets it apart from other resources. Unpretentious journalism is more essential than ever, with major publications such as The Financial Times expressing interest in moving in this direction.
The education is not a one way process, either. Writers have a chance to develop new interests and learn more about the African subcontinent’s diverse history and culture as well as some of the challenges it faces in a modern world.
What happens to my articles after I’ve finished writing?
At R:Ed Oxford, we aim to produce content of the highest quality and therefore each article is subjected to a rigorous round of edits that ensure the accuracy, objectivity and accessibility of the writing. After editing, articles are published on the R:Ed website where they may be read by millions of people. The central team at Right for Education are working on projects to expand engagement with our articles even further, with competitions for readers and hopefully an app in the near future.