REZA DEGHATI: PHYSICAL RECONSTRUCTION IS NOT ENOUGH, CULTURAL RECONSTRUCTION IS WHAT IS REQUIRED
The president of AINA, an organization devoted to education, training and the development of independent media and cultural expression in Afghanistan, has taken part in the session "Towards a global village-school? The media, new technologies and the challenges of pluralism and cultural diversity"
The Iranian photojournalist Reza Deghati, president of Aina, an organization promoting education, training and the development of independent media and cultural expression in Afghanistan, insisted today that in the present state of the world and after periods of conflict, "physical reconstruction is not enough for the 21st century, we must work towards cultural reconstruction".
Describing his experience of work in Afghanistan, consisting of setting up 8 cultural and media centers that sponsor new publications, the first female-run radio station and the country's first photojournalism school, Deghati assured that "the objective of our publications is to open a window onto the future."
Similarly, Thrérèse Laferrière, professor in the department of Learning and Education at Laval University in Canada, commented that "to reach a world-wide school-community we have to do so by means of information communities that use Internet to get to know themselves, to get to know each other and to gain access to public information".
She also proposed "writing a new world history from different perspectives using technology to promote mutual understanding between different cultural communities".
Alejandro Piscitelli, professor of Telematics and Computation at the University of Buenos Aires recommended the ample and democratic use of technology to bring about the transformation of the world in the 21st century.
In his intervention in the Dialogue "New Ignorances, New Literacies. Learning to live Together in a Globalizing World", Manuel Joaquim da Silva Pinto, associate professor in Communication Sciences at the Minho University and Ombudsman for the Journal de Noticias de Oporto, Portugal, insisted on that "in the creation of a global village, a holistic and ecological vision is required, in addition to developing initiatives to limit the powers of the media."
He also requested the creation of various mechanisms to deal with public control of the media and simultaneously to explore forms in which citizens can realize their ideas and have their opinion aired.